Organizational Overview: The Telling Room is a nonprofit writing center in Portland, Maine, dedicated to the idea that children and young adults are natural storytellers. Focused on young writers ages 6 to 18, we seek to build confidence, strengthen literacy skills, and provide real audiences for our students. We believe that the power of creative expression can change our communities and prepare our youth for future success. We offer a wide variety of free creative writing programs to Maine youth at our Writing Center downtown and at schools and community-based organizations all over the state.


Current openings:


Teaching Assistant

The Telling Room is seeking a talented teaching assistant to join our Young Writers and Leaders (YWL) team as part of the Goodwill AmeriCorps Multilingual Leadership Corps Program. 

Young Writers and Leaders is a nationally recognized free, literary arts program for international multilingual high school students. In November 2015, YWL won a National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award, the highest honor in our field. This new team member will experience firsthand all of the elements that go into this successful program.

The Multilingual Leadership Corps Member will assist the program leads in managing administrative logistics and teaching all three cohorts of the expanded program, on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday afternoons from roughly 2-6pm each day in The Telling Room's Commercial Street studio in downtown Portland. This is a unique opportunity to gain valuable teaching experience with a diverse student population in a supportive environment.

Successful applicants will be able to commit to 450 hours of service from early September 2017 to late June 2018. We are looking for applicants who have an interest in serving high school international students, and some relevant experience is helpful. Applicant must be a citizen or permanent legal resident of the US and at least 17 years old.  In addition to a passion for teaching, applicants should posses excellent communication skills, an ability to work as part of a collaborative team, a strong attention to detail, and a familiarity with Microsoft Office Suite and Mac operating systems. Familiarity with French and/or Arabic is a bonus. 

Upon completion of service, service members are eligible for a $1500 education award through AmeriCorps.

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to and use the subject line "Multilingual Corps Member Application."