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 safeguarding the wellbeing of our beloved staff, volunteers, teaching artists, and students—and following guidance from local, state, and federal authorities regarding measures that best promote public health—we’ve decided to temporarily suspend daily operations, including all Telling Room programs and events, starting March 13th at 6pm. Please visit our Programs page for more information.


Summer Institute for Educators 2020

For educators seeking to build community through writing. 

This year's institute will take place from 6/29/20 - 7/1/20. 

Join us for three days in Portland, Maine in the summer of 2020 to learn The Telling Room’s proven method for improving literacy skills while building confidence and a sense of community. Building off of the recognition we received from the White House, we offer tools and techniques to teachers, artists, and nonprofit leaders in a professional development setting.

We gear our forum to educators who work with students 6-18, and seek deliverables that can be taken back to any community or student population.

Please sign up for the 2020 Summer Institute for Educators here


  • $400 for full registration
  • Space is limited to 12 participants


What is included with registration:

  • Three days (9am-4pm) of intensive workshops led by Telling Room staff & teaching artists
  • Breakfast & Lunch each day
  • Opportunities to network with like-minded educators
  • Classroom-ready writing and publishing curricula


What is not included with registration:

  • Food
  • Airfare
  • Lodging
  • Transportation