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 is offered to all high school juniors and seniors.
Applications for the Fall semester will be open through October 4th, 2019 and registration will be confirmed by October 7th, 2019.
When: Wednesday afternoons from 3:30pm - 5:30pm in our writing center in Portland.
Where: The Telling Room, 225 Commercial St. #201 Portland, ME 04101
Fall Semester Dates: October 16 - December 18
Contact: Questions can be directed to Marjolaine at firstname.lastname@example.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