"The climate of this workshop could not have been better--the pace, the sequence, the games, the variety of activities that allowed the interactive dynamic to unfold, punctuated the end of my school year." 

Summer Institute for Educators

For educators seeking to build community through writing.

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. In addition to touching on all of the stages of the writing process, we’ll also offer breakout groups in nonprofit leadership, working with immigrant and refugee populations, and publishing on a budget.

Email Program Director Nick Whiston at nick@tellingroom.org to be added to the waitlist for the 2020 Summer Institute. Dates coming soon. 


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


What is included with registration:

"I have so many new “arrows” in my quiver and I look forward to sorting through my notes when I create my upcoming year later in the summer."

  • 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