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Welcome to Second Story!

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 exclusively to high school juniors and seniors who have participated in a prior semester-long Telling Room program (i.e. Young Writers & Leaders, Young Emerging Authors, Works in Progress, or Publishing Workshop). Students are accepted through an application process.

Applications for the Fall semester will be open from September 9 - September 20, 2019 and registration will be confirmed by September 25, 2019.

Cost: Free

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 2 - December 18

 

CLICK HERE TO APPLY FOR FALL SEMESTER

 

Contact: Questions can be directed to Marjolaine at marjolaine@tellingroom.org


PROGRAM DETAILS

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