The Telling Room has gone virtual until it feels safe for our staff, volunteers, teaching artists, students and community to gather. 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 following guidance from local, state and federal authorities regarding measures that best promote public health, we have suspended our daily in-person operations until further notice. Please visit our Programs page for more information and to learn about our virtual programming.


Mini Course: Teaching Writing the Telling Room Way

a virtual Professional Development

Learn the Telling Room’s philosophy of teaching writing and receive activities and lessons in multiple genres.


Join us for a series of three workshops this fall : Thursdays,10/15, 10/29, 11/12 , 4-5:30pm via ZOOM. 


Session 1:  Introduction to Telling Room philosophy and methodology - October 15th

Session 2: Progression of a unit - October 29th

Session 3: Anatomy of a lesson - November 12th

$125 for the full mini course


Register here.

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Summer Institute for Educators 2021

For educators seeking to build community through writing. 

Next year's institute will take place from 6/28/21 - 6/30/2021. 

Join us for three days in Portland, Maine in the summer of 2021 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 2021 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