Transformative Language Arts Network

Transformative Language Arts Network

Goddard College has a special learning partnership with the Transformative Language Arts (TLA) Network.

The TLA Network supports and promotes individuals and organizations that use the spoken, written, or sung word as a tool for personal and community transformation. The Network is committed to providing physical and virtual spaces where people interested in Transformative Language Arts can share resources, network, learn, and enhance their capacity to practice Transformative Language Arts as right livelihood in their communities. The TLA Network is a 501(c)(3) organization that offers the annual Power of Words conference, the TLA Foundations certification, online TLA classes, the first TLA anthology (The Power of Words, co-edited by Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg and Janet Tallman), the One City One Prompt project, and an online professional, creative and practitioner journal, Chrysalis: A Journal of Transformative Language Arts.

Goddard College developed the first academic program in Transformative Language Arts in fall of 2000. The annual Power of Words conference was hosted by the college from 2003-2008 before being transferred over to the TLA Network, which was incorporated in 2005. Goddard faculty, students and alumni have been active in the TLA Network since its inception.

Callid Keefe-Perry, chair of the TLA Network’s governing council, says of the partnership: “I’m delighted that Goddard College, which founded Transformative Language Arts, has partnered with the TLA Network to grow opportunities for people around the world to use writing, storytelling, theater, and many other forms of the spoken, written and sung world to catalyze change and liberation.”

Partnership Grant for New Students

After successful completion of the TLA Network certification, students receive a Certificate in Transformative Language Arts Foundations. Applicants to Goddard programs should submit a copy of the certificate with the Application for Admission. For more information, contact the Goddard College Office of Admissions.

Students may undertake deeper and more extensive study in Transformative Language Arts in many of Goddard’s programs but particularly at the graduate level in the Individualized Master of Arts with a concentration in Transformative Language Arts.

Goddard offers students who have completed the Transformative Language Arts Foundations certificate receive a $1,000 Partnership Grant applicable to any Goddard BA, MA, BFA, or MFA program. The grant is applied as $500/semester for the student’s first two consecutive semesters of enrollment at the college.

Conference Discounts for Current Students

The TLA Network Power of Words Conference features workshops in narrative medicine, social change, right livelihood (and making a living through the arts), ecological literacy, and engaged spirituality.

Students who  are currently enrolled in any Goddard program receive the member rate discount to attend the annual event. Visit for conference dates and schedules. To register at the discounted rate, please write to