Recommended Reading

The field of TLA is multi-disciplinary and expansive. Please consult the Goddard Resource Center for extensive readings.  What follows here is a list of some of the most referenced books in TLA.

The Power of Words: A TLA Reader is the largest single, explicitly TLA-focused book available.  It is a collection of essays by the field's leading scholars and practitioners and is a great place to start.  Other texts related are below.

  • Opening Up by James Pennebaker
  • Writing as a Way of Healing by Louise deSalvo
  • Art as a Way of Knowing by Shaun McNiff
  • Writing for Your Life by Deena Metzger
  • Theater of the Oppressed by Augusto Boal
  • The Spell of the Sensuous by David Abram
  • How to Read a Poem and Fall in Love with Poetry by Edward Hirsch
  • Poetry as Survival by Gregory Orr
  • Writing Alone and with Others by Pat Schnieder
  • Women Who Run with Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes
  • The Way of the Journal by Kathleen Adams
  • Poetic Medicine by John Fox
  • Life's Companion by Christina Baldwin
  • Callings by Greg Levoy
  • The Writing Cure, edited by Lopore adn Smyth
  • Creating a Storytelling Tradition by Robin Moore
  • Inventing the Truth by William Zissner
  • Narrative Medicine by Lewis Mehl Madrona
  • Poetry as Healer by Jack Leedy
  • Poetry Therapy edited by Nick Mazza
  • Storytelling and the Act of Imagination by Nancy Mellon
  • The Storytelling Coach by Doug Lipman and Jay O'Callahan
  • Acting for Real: Drama Therapy: Process, Technique, and Performance by Renee Emanah