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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.

Second Story

Registration for the Spring semester is now open. Register any time between January 6th and 22nd here

Calling all High School Juniors & Seniors: Do you have a passionate message you'd like to share? Are you interested in working on your stage performance and/or delivery? Come write with us! Poetry, personal stories, opinion pieces: We want to hear what you have to say.

Join The Telling Room's new program: Second Story to find out how you can use your voice to make a change!

Second Story is our new afterschool program where alumni get to dig deeper into the writing process, develop their writing habits, and share their words with the world. This new program will focus on strengthening writing and leadership skills while incorporating college readiness and creative expression. Social justice and community-building components will be woven into both models.

Second Story offers a different focus each semester: academic and professional writing in the fall, creative writing and performance in the spring. 

This program will meet every Wednesday from 3:30 - 5:30pm. The program begins on February 5th and ends on April 15th. Students will participate in a public performance during the last week of April.

If too many students apply we will run a lottery. You will receive a confirmation email by January 29th. 

Cost: Free! (Includes snacks and workshops with Guest Artists!)
When: Wednesday afternoons from 3:30 pm - 5:30pm in our writing center in Portland. 
Where: The Telling Room, 225 Commercial St. #201 Portland, ME 04101
Spring Semester Dates: February 5 - April 29
Contact: Questions can be directed to Marjolaine at marjolaine@tellingroom.org




Fall Semester: College Readiness Focus

- Co-creating and holding both "safe space" (to provide support) and "brave space" (to encourage dialogue) to explore the habits of writers: Critical Thinking / Creativity / Curiosity / Perseverence / Pride
- College essay and scholarship writing, with guest experts in academic writing
- Interview skills and resume building
- Each student will use all stages of the writing process (generation, development, revision) to produce at least one piece, either for a college application, scholarship application, or publication in a media outlet or other literary platforms


Spring Semester: Creative Expression / Performance Focus

- Co-creating and holding both "safe space" (to provide support) and "brave space" (to encourage dialogue) to explore the habits of writers: Critical Thinking / Creativity / Curiosity / Perserverance / Pride
- Creative writing and writing for change
- Performance skills and presentation: Public speaking, storytelling, poetry, spoken word
- Each student will craft, revise, rehearse and perform a creative piece (i.e. spoken word, storytelling, dramatic monologue, poetry reading) in front of a large community audience