About Joanna


joanna tebbs young, MA-TLA

author | writer | facilitator | presenter | coach | MFA student

“My response to life is to write it.”


I am a writer and facilitator based in Rutland, Vermont. Holding an MA in Transformative Language Arts (TLA) from Goddard College (2013) and certified through the Center for Journal Therapy (2009), I offer expressive writing workshops and private coaching, and teach online for the TLA Network.

My first book, Lilian Baker Carlisle: Vermont Historian, Burlington Treasure; A Scrapbook Memoir was published in June 2017. I wrote regular columns for the Rutland Reader and Rutland Herald for six years and have essays published in Mama Says, Rutland Magazine, Chrysalis, Journal of Transformative Language Arts and Transformative Language Arts in Action. I occasionally blog for the TLA Network and as a history buff, I write pieces on local history which can be found at rutlandwhen.wordpress.com. I am currently revising my memoir and as an MFA in Creative Writing student at Goddard College (grad 2021), I will be working on a personal essay collection.  

As part of my Masters degree in Transformative Language Arts, I wrote a thesis on the connection between expressive writing and the symbol of “mother” in the search for authentic voice and a new (feminine) spirituality. For the creative portion of the degree I began writing a memoir titled Sing from the Womb: Leaving Fundamentalism in Search of Voice. I also designed a curriculum called Voice Quest: A Spiritual Journey, which I began facilitating in 2012.

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Memberships: League of Vermont Writers, Story Circle Network, International Women’s Writing Guild, PEN America


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