Our fun, innovative writing programs are the heart of our organization. 

All core programs are 100% free to students and their families, ensuring that the students who need our services most – the students who are least likely to have a voice in the community – can participate. Through skilled, creative, and resourceful program delivery, we minimize overhead and maximize impact. 

Residencies: During the day, from September through June, you can find us in area schools conducting multi-week residencies. Telling Room teaching artists and community volunteers work in local classrooms to write, edit, and publish stories and poems in an original chapbook.

Summer Camps: From June to August, we offer a variety of summer camps for writers of all ages and interests.

The following programs are offered at our writing center on Commercial Street throughout the year: 

Field Trips: We run literary field trips for local language arts classes that bring students to our Old Port writing center for a morning.

Young Writers & Leaders: An annual nine-month-long writing and leadership program for refugee, first generation, and immigrant high schoolers.

Young Emerging Authors: A small group of fellows (ages 12-18) are selected through a rigorous application process to write an entire book with us in a single calendar year.

Publishing Workshop: A weekly semester-long program in which participants (ages 12 and up) receive a working tutorial on the book publishing industry in an apprenticeship environment.

Writers Block: A weekly, semester-based afternoon program that gives burgeoning writers (ages 6-18) time to work on their projects. Each session offers solo writing time, group work, and featured workshops with local artists and writers. 

Second Story: A weekly, semester-based afternoon program for Telling Room alumni in their junior or senior year of high school. The first semester focuses on academic and professional writing and the second semester focuses on creative writing and performance. 

Anthology: Each year, all of our programs are linked by a new theme, and the best student writing from the year is published in a major anthology. This publication is released every spring at a community event attended by hundreds of supporters.