SWARM! is now full. Fill out the form to join the waiting list. We will notify you if a spot opens up this summer, and about future SWARM! sessions. Please email writers@tellingroom.org with any questions about the waiting list.
Looking for another way to connect your young writer to The Telling Room? Our virtual summer camps are open!



The Telling Room is excited to announce SWARM! our first statewide writing and publishing program. SWARM! is a digital initiative for kids and teens who would like to write and publish with other youth in new regional writing groups in Maine.

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 Maineplease let them know that we are now here for them!
Get a custom kit!
Write with Maine youth!
Work with authors!
Publish your writing!
Registration was open between June 29, 2020 - July 10, 2020

SWARM! (Student Writers and Readers Meet!) is a brand new network of youth writing groups across the State of Maine. This summer, young writers between the ages of 10 and 18 will write and share their stories in a connected set of regional writing groups (The "Hives"), each virtually led by a trained teaching artist and Telling Room student guest authors. In their writing, students will explore what it means to be a kid or teen in Maine right now. The Hives will exchange their writing and join together in a SWARM! at the end of the summer, and through opt-in docu-video, book, and ebook publication projects.
Students will also receive a SWARM! kit with program details, a letter from their group leader, fun Telling Room swag like a button they can wear when they read their final pieces for filming, and some excerpted writing from diverse Telling Room youth authors for inspiration. 
Program Dates
Weeks 1 and 2: June 29 - July 10, 2020
Registration opens June 29 and closes July 10, 2020
Week 3: July 13, 2020
Participants are notified of their groups and SWARM! kits are mailed on July 13, 2020
Weeks 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8: July 20 - August 21, 2020
Writing groups meet
Last week intergroup exchanges, final writing group share
By August 21: All writing goes to the publications team for book production
Weeks 9 and 10: August 24 - September 4, 2020
Film production
Beginning of October
Videos go live
Book and ebook launch
Zoom parties for all writing groups
Students who participate in SWARM! will receive a customized gift box and writers kit so they have all of the physical tools they need to participate in this virtual program. In order to cover some of the cost of making and sending SWARM! kits to participants, we're requesting a one-time materials fee of $20 per participant, which can be offered on a sliding fee scale (and can slide to $0 or can include an additional donation to cover the cost of a kit for another student) and is supported by our summer learning scholarship funds. Please follow this link to pay the materials fee: Click here
We are so excited to get the SWARM! buzzing, and we hope you are, too!
Please email writers@tellingroom.org with any questions you may have about the program.



Want to pay for your kit fee or donate a kit fee for another student? Click here!