The Story I Want to Tell

“I've had such joy working with The Telling Room — they are such a wonderful resource for talented young readers and writers from all over the world. It was a delight to be part of this project.” —Elizabeth Gilbert

The Story I Want to Tell

Explorations in the Art of Writing

The Story I Want to Tell is a celebration of The Telling Room’s first ten years and its enduring belief in the power of storytelling. To mark this milestone, the book pairs twenty of the best pieces written by The Telling Room's young writers with brand-new, answering pieces from award-winning writers.

This wonderful collection includes contributions from Richard Russo, Monica Wood, Elizabeth Gilbert, Richard Blanco, Dave Eggers, Jonathan Lethem, Lily King, and other masters of the craft, as well as twenty works of writers ranging in age from 13 to 18 whose stories are as diverse as their backgrounds.



Connecting with a young writer made me obey the single most important rule of creativity: begin again." 

Jaed Coffin

There are many tools for teachers in this book, including a special "Note to Writing Instructors." This book can be used as a core text in a writing classroom, a literary anthology for outside reading, or as a book club selection.  Following the paired writings is a section of candid interviews with the contributors about their writing lives, the writing process, and the publishing process.

Also included are writing prompts for each pair of writings. These prompts may be useful as topics for classroom discussion and for out-of-classroom discussion as well.

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“I had a blast working on this book. Where do I sign up for the next one?”

Richard Russo

Paperback, $16.95
ISBN 978-0-88448-415-8
6" x 9", 192 pages
Authorship Publication Date: October 10, 2014