The Telling Room has gone virtual until it feels safe for our staff, volunteers, teaching artists, students and community to gather. Like many of you, we've been actively following the progression of COVID-19 in Maine, in other parts of the country and across the globe. In the interest of following guidance from local, state and federal authorities regarding measures that best promote public health, we have suspended our daily in-person operations until further notice. Please visit our Programs page for more information and to learn about our virtual programming.
When classrooms leave the school and come to a field trip at The Telling Room's downtown Portland writing center, students join us for a morning of creative activity, expression and get the full experience of working as writers with their classmates and teachers! At the end of the trip, each writer departs with his or her own creation and the kind of skills that bolster performance in school, across all disciplines.
And did we mention we have fun?
Our Field Trip curricula are geared toward learners of all ages and abilities. These programs are designed to foster young writers—those who already love writing and those who come to it more reluctantly—so that all participants can benefit equally.
We have a variety of creative FIELD TRIP MODELS to choose from for any age and group size. Teachers and schools who want to customize their field trip experience can reach out and we'll do our best to create a special experience together. While we are always happy to have groups visit for a single morning, all of our field trips work better in two sessions. We encourage anyone interested to contact us to talk more about extending the learning that happens on a field trip, either with another trip to us or a visit from one of our teaching artists in your classroom.
DID YOU KNOW: Target Field Trip Grants for teachers are a great way to get funding for a Telling Room field trip?
Resources to help fund your field trip may be available through The Maine Arts Commission's Ticket To Ride program, which provides funding to defray the cost of travel for Maine K-12 schools wishing to visit Maine arts-based venues and events as a part of a well-rounded curriculum. Click here to see if your school is eligible.
We host literary Field Trips on weekday mornings from 9:00 or 9:30 am to 12:00 or 12:30 pm at our writing center at 225 Commercial St. #201, Portland, ME 04101. Our center has a maximum capacity of 25 students, and 4 teachers/chaperones.
Students and teachers should bring their own snacks or lunches and beverages. It’s a great help to us if you also bring napkins/cups. We have tap water available and lunch can be eaten in the writing center. We provide everything else—paper, pencils, pens, computers, cameras, etc.
To schedule a field trip, please email Program Director Nick Whiston.
The rate for a single class (max. 25 students) to come to The Telling Room for a Field Trip is $300, not including transportation. The rate for multiple classes to come from one school is negotiable, and we may not be able to accommodate all classes due to the popularity of this program.
Click here for directions to The Telling Room.
Field Trips typically run on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Reservation exceptions can be made for Tuesdays or Fridays as necessary but are not guaranteed.
Please try to reserve your trip or visit several months in advance, as field trips are among our most popular programs and book up quickly.