Online Class: The Art of Facilitation: Roots & Blossoms of Facilitation

January 15, 2020
February 25, 2020
Online class you can do from wherever you are!

Online class with Joy Roulier Sawyer & Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg

What does it mean to facilitate arts-based workshops, coaching or consulting sessions, meetings and classes that help people amplify their voice and illuminate their vision? Designed for writers, storytellers, performers, artists, community leaders, healers, and change-makers, this class focuses on the vibrant role of the facilitator and how to better align your facilitation practice with your core values and ethics, community and purpose. We’ll explore whole-self facilitation including the care and feeding of the facilitator. Whether you’re involved in writing workshops, storytelling coaching, nonprofit consulting, or meeting facilitation, you’ll find many treasures in exploring best practices for planning, facilitating, and assessing session, including the role of ground rules or agreements, beginnings and endings, pacing and rhythm, and evaluation and continuing education. See details here.

Prairie Village, KS: Triumph Over Terror: How Two Men Survived Nazi Horrors

February 4, 2020 - 7:00pm
February 11, 2020 - 7:00pm
February 18, 2020 - 7:00pm
Mission Chateau, 4100 W. 85th St.
Prairie Village, KS

This class through KU’s Osher Institute, based on my book Needle in the Bone, is happening 7-9 p.m., Mission Chateau, Prairie Village. Pre-registration and fee info. here.

Two Holocaust survivors, one a young Jewish boy, the other a Catholic teenage Polish Resistance fighter, would meet years later as professors at KU and form a strong friendship. The story of Lou Frydman explores the Holocaust and his eyewitness account of Jewish resistance in the concentration camps. Jarek Piekalkiewicz’s story as a Polish Resistance fighter illustrates the mistakes, triumphs, history and organization of the Polish Resistance-the most effective underground movement to challenge the Nazis. We’ll discuss what it means to lose not just one’s family, but one’s whole community and way of life, and the challenge of creating a new life in a new land.

Songs & Stories of East Lawrence

February 29, 2020 - 10:00am
March 14, 2020
Cider Gallery, 810 Pennsylvania
Lawrence, KS

Songs & Stories of East Lawrence with Kelley Hunt & Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg celebrates the vibrant mosaic of this neighborhood’s diverse communities, histories, flora and fauna, and stories. Launching in 2020, and funded by a grant from Rebuilding East Ninth Street, our project encompasses a series of writing, singing, and story mapping workshops, plus a Wild East Lawrence walk with Ken Lassman, collaborative song-writing, publication of an anthology of our stories, and a book launch concert. We invite all people, age 10 and up, who live or have connections to East Lawrence to participate. 


  • Workshop #1, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Feb. 29, Cider Gallery
  • Workshop #2, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Mar. 14, Cider Gallery
  • Wild East Lawrence Walk (optional and open to the public) with Ken Lassman, 2-3:30 p.m., April 14, meet by gazebo at South Park
  • Concert, reading & book launch 2-4 p.m., May 10, Cider Gallery

Registration is free, but you must commit to attend both writing, singing, and songwriting workshops. Note that no one is asked to sign alone or must read their writing aloud — this project is open to people of all backgrounds and experience. 

Registration is at Eventbrite here

Lunch and refreshments provided by the Community Mercantile. Thanks to Cider Gallery for providing us the meeting space.


Kansas City, MO: The Art of Revising Poetry

April 1, 2020 - 6:30pm
The Story Center, Mid-Continent Public Library, 8900 NE Flintlock Rd.
Kansas City, MO

Learning to revise your work and develop your own writerly critical sense is as much an art as first drafts of your writing. Come with a poem or two you want to work on, and leave with practical advice, magical inspiration, and an ample handout full of revision techniques and approaches, and new friends in poetry. This workshop is offered through the Story Center of the Mid-Continent Public Library. Free but registration required.

Wild East Lawrence Walk

April 11, 2020 - 2:00pm
South Park gazebo
Lawrence, KS

The Wild East Lawrence nature walk, part of the Songs & Stories of East Lawrence project with Kelley Hunt & Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg and led by naturalist Ken Lassman, explores the seasons, watersheds and natural features of the neighborhood. The walk starts at South Park and ends back at South Park although people needing a smaller walk may meet us at the entrance to Burroughs Creek Park

Because humans and human settlements are part of ecosystems, our project also incorporates the watersheds of East Lawrence, which give us an ecological window into the land formations, waterways, and other environmental dimensions of this particular place. 

Ken Lassman is a life-long Lawrence/Douglas County resident, including living for several years in East Lawrence. He is the author of Wild Douglas County (2007) and Seasons and Cycles: Rhythms of Life in the Kansas Area Watershed (1985), and the author for over a dozen years of Kaw Valley Almanac (, an online weekly guide to what’s happening in the natural world. 

Songs & Stories of East Lawrence Book Launch Concert

May 10, 2020 - 2:00pm
Cider Gallery, 810 Pennsylvania
Lawrence, KS

This celebration includes workshops participants from Songs & Stories of East Lawrence sharing their original poems, stories, and songs, plus Kelley Hunt debuting two new songs about the neighborhood co-written with Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg based on suggestions from workshops participants, who also will sing back-up. Come together for a lovely afternoon honoring our stories of time and place in this historic and artistic neighborhood.

Books will be available for sale, and we’ll enjoy ample refreshments.

Council Grove, KS: Brave Voice: Writing & Singing For Your Life

May 17, 2020
May 22, 2020
White Memorial Camp
Council Grove, Kansas

Our 15th Annual Brave Voice Retreat!

Please join us for a soulful, invigorating and life-changing 6-day retreat to dive into writing, singing, and songwriting, and surface with new work, collaborative creations, a community that supports your artistic development, and a renewed vision of your life.

We know how opening our voice through writing, singing and songwriting enhances our lives and communities. In addition to workshops and retreats, we offer collaborative performances featuring Kelley’s & Caryn’s co-written songs, Kelley’s music, and Caryn’s poetry, and in-services, consulting and workshops for businesses, organizations and institutions. Kelley Hunt, an internationally-renowned singer-songwriter, has performed throughout the U.S. and Europe, solo and with the Kelley Hunt band, and she has released four critically-acclaimed albums. Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg, the Poet Laureate of Kansas, is a poet and writer with 23 books in print (including poetry, memoir, a novel, a non-fiction book, a writing guide, and anthologies), and she founded Transformative Language Arts, a program at Goddard College and movement.

More information on the retreat here. Note: our retreats regularly sell out months ahead of time, so please jump in suddenly if this calls to you.

Online Class: The Art of Facilitation: Facilitating for Community & Change

June 10, 2020
July 21, 2020
Online class you can do from wherever you are!


Online class with Joy Roulier Sawyer & Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg through the Transformative Language Arts Network

Transformative Language Arts can be a powerful change agent in the world, one whose borders reach far beyond workshops, coaching, performance, and other forms of traditional TLA work. In this class, we’ll explore how creating intentional communal spaces, taking an inward look, working across vast definitions of “difference” (including race, religion, gender, class, living with ability or health challenges, and more), can help foster greater cohesion and expression in a fragmented culture. We’ll also learn how to navigate difficult situations and people more smoothly and compassionately, as well as how to joyfully sustain ourselves in our own individual TLA callings.focus especially on embodying compassion in action through how we  See details here.

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