JOIN THE SWARM!
Write with Maine youth!
Work with authors!
Publish your writing!
SWARM! (Student Writers and Readers Meet!) is a new network of youth writing groups across the State of Maine that meet virtually. This summer, young writers between the ages of 10 and 18 wrote and shared their stories in small writing groups (The "Hives"), each virtually led by a trained teaching artist and Telling Room student guest authors. In their writing, students explored what it meant to be a kid or teen in Maine right now. Our first SWARM! publication will soon be available as docu-videos, a book, and an ebook publication.
This fall we invited young writers between the ages of 10 and 18 to join SWARM! for a whole semester, and hosted four Hives of eager writers. Join us this spring from February 1st through April 16th for another opportinity to get your writing published in a professional chapbook, and to receive a copy of your book! Students will explore different genres of writing, and can choose which genre they want to focus on for publication.
WHO?: Students between the ages of 10 and 18 (grades 4-12) all across Maine. Students will be grouped in Hives according to age.
WHAT?: SWARM! (Student Writers and Readers Meet!) is a network of youth writing and publishing groups across the State of Maine. Students will meet once per week and write and share their stories in a connected set of writing groups (The Hives), each virtually led by a trained teaching artist and Telling Room student guest authors and volunteers. Every student will have the opportunity to get their piece published in a professional chapbook, and will receive a copy of their book!
WHERE?: Online, so anywhere with WiFi!
WHEN?: Students will meet online (Zoom) once a week from the weeks of February 1st through April 16th (10 sessions total). Hives will meet either Mondays OR Wednesdays from 4:00pm-5:30pm (you will select your day of the week preference).
GENRE?: Students will explore different genres of writing, and can choose which genre they want to focus on for publication.
COST?: Our goal at The Telling Room is to make programming available to all students who want to participate. No one will be turned away!
To strengthen this program's reach we are using a sliding scale. The base cost for SWARM is $200. Paying that fee allows us to pay our amazing teaching artists! There are options to pay more (to support families who are not able to pay the full amount at this time) and options to pay less (again, this program is for everyone regardless of ability to pay). Please select the amount that feels right for your family. You can always each out to email@example.com with any questions.
We are so excited to get the SWARM! buzzing, and we hope you are, too!
Registration for the spring semester is now closed.
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If you know a family friend in Caribou, a cousin in Indian Township, a student in Millinocket, or friends or family with kids in Waterville, Lewiston, Fort Kent, Lubec, Machias, Fryeburg, Vinalhaven, or anywhere in Maine—please let them know that we are now here for them!
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions you may have about the program.
SWARM! 2020-21 is made possible by the thoughtful and generous support of many individual donors, private and public foundations, corporate partners, and government entities including, in part, by grants from the Maine Bicentennial Commission and the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts. In addition, this project is funded in part by grants from the Jane B. Cook 1992 Charitable Trust, the Literary Arts Emergency Fund, the Moser Family Foundation, the Old Bug Light Charitable Foundation, the Rona Jaffe Foundation, the Sam L. Cohen Foundation, the Virginia Hodgkins Somers Foundation, and WEX. This project is also supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. We thank you all.