The Telling Room is now offering VIRTUAL writing & publishing programming! Please visit our Programs page to learn more.


Publishing Workshop

In this 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

Every other Wednesday, October 21-December 16, 2020
4:00-5:30 p.m. on Zoom

This fall, Publishing Workshop dives into the world of marketing and promoting books, specifically Telling Room books. Participants will create materials for online promotion, explore in-school avenues for publications, and learn about the lifecycle of a book once it has been produced. We will also engage in conversations impacting the publishing industry today and explore 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. Publishing Workshop participants are also encouraged to write their own stories or poems.

Spring Semester Publishing Workshop

Wednesdays, February 3-April 14, 2021
4:00-5:30 p.m. on Zoom

Open to current high school students in Maine and TR alumni

Publishing Workshop participants will work as editorial assistants to publish our annual anthology. This "best of" collection of student work from The Telling Room’s programs focuses on an annual theme; this year's theme is LOST & FOUND. The editorial staff of the Publishing Workshop will help us reimagine what an anthology can look like in our current virtual world, as well as plan fun and innovative ways to celebrate the anthology's authors. We will meet weekly to read and discuss peer writing and identify places where additional work is needed. Participants will also make decisions about titles and design.