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 safeguarding the wellbeing of our beloved staff, volunteers, teaching artists, and students—and following guidance from local, state, and federal authorities regarding measures that best promote public health—we’ve decided to temporarily suspend daily operations, including all Telling Room programs and events, starting March 13th at 6pm. Please visit our Programs page for more information.

In this weekly, semester-based program, Publishing Workshop participants receive a working tutorial on the book publishing industry in an apprenticeship environment. They learn writing and publishing skills alongside professional editors and designers, often during the real-time editorial and production processes of Telling Room book assembly, covering topics such as book writing, development editing, copyediting, proofing, design, marketing, and printing.

Offered as a two-semester program during the school year, Publishing Workshop concentrates on a different publishing project each fall and spring, and students aged 14-18 may apply to one or both of the semester programs in any given year. This program is also open to alumni of any Telling Room program, and to working professionals in the book publishing industry. Current students, past students, and working adults work together to make Telling Room publishing the best it can be! Youth publishing is as it should be in this program: together we make gorgeous publications of youth writing for real audiences.


Fall Semester Publishing Workshop

Wednesdays, October 9-December 18, 2019
3:30-5:00 pm @ The Telling Room, Suite 200

In this 10-week semester, Publishing Workshop explores how writers get published and how publications happen, from idea to blog or bookstore shelf, and from writer to publisher and every profession in between. As we explore the careers of people who work with writing and publishing, we may visit a magazine office, host a literary agent, author, or editor, meet a designer, talk to bookstore staff, or tour a printing press. Publishing Workshop participants will also write their own stories or poems and submit them for publication at the end of the semester!

To register for FALL Semester Publishing Workshop, please click here. Deadline to register is October 2, 2019.

Spring Semester Publishing Workshop

Wednesdays, January 22-May 13, 2020
3:30-5:30 pm, @ The Telling Room, Suite 200

In this 18-week semester, Publishing Workshop participants work as editorial assistants to publish our annual anthology, which is released each May. This "best of" collection of student work from The Telling Room’s programs focuses on an annual theme. The editorial staff of the Publishing Workshop meets weekly to share, read, and discuss peer writing, identify places where additional work is needed, and meet with the student authors to revise. They also make decisions about titles and book design. When their anthology is published at Big Night, a specatular event showcasing Telling Room voices and readings, Publishing Workshop students are invited on stage for the main event--to launch the book and its authors to a large community audience.

To register for SPRING Semester Publishing Workshop, please click here. Deadline to register is January 15, 2020.