BOOK PUBLISHING AT THE TELLING ROOM
THE TELLING ROOM produces carefully edited, beautifully designed, and locally printed books of our students’ stories, poems, and personal narratives. Currently, we publish between 18-25 titles a year, and more than 30,000 Telling Room books are in circulation. Since the printing of our first book in 2007, I Remember Warm Rain, we have published nearly 5,000 young authors in over 125 anthologies, single-authored titles, and project “chapbooks," including the Maine Literary Award-winner The Story I Want to Tell, and a special anthology by students in the national award-winning Young Writers & Leader's program, A Season for Building Houses.
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Book publishing has become a powerful part of The Telling Room. Students feel its impact when they first see their names in their books and transform from writers to published authors during public readings in front of real audiences.
Teachers discover how much further their students will go with their own writing when they use Telling Room books in their classrooms. Our young authors have created a buzz as their stories travel far outside their homes in Maine: they have appeared in many newspapers and magazines (including Poets & Writers, Fast Company, and the Boston Globe), on television and radio programs, and at renowned literary events, educational conferences, and national award ceremonies.
Two authors, Richard Akera and Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Richard Russo, talk about their writing lives, following the publication of The Story I Want to Tell:
WRITING AND PUBLISHING PROGRAMS
All of the writing we publish in book form comes out of Telling Room programs, most of which integrate writing and publishing. Five of these programs allow participants to go beyond the writing work and be involved in the different steps of the production process, from drafting, to revising, designing, and presenting their work in bound books to a public audience. Each of these programs makes publishing a goal from the get-go, and ensures its students will leave the program with a book in their hands, one that they feel they had a big stake in helping to create. These programs are:
Overall, book publishing at The Telling Room helps to fulfill our organization’s mission. The opportunities that exist within Telling Room book publishing and through our writing and publishing programs give students self-confidence, strengthen their literacy skills, and provide them with real audiences so that they know their voices matter. Our books allow our students to impact their communities by connecting them with their readers and propelling them toward future success in school and life. It’s exciting to think about what might happen in book publishing next!
OTHER PUBLISHING OPPORTUNITIES
Last year, three Telling Room students won Scholastic Gold Keys!
Aside from publishing books of student writing through our writing and publishing programs, we encourage the publication of student work in a number of other ways:
* Writers ages 6-18 can submit their work to our Stories page, which includes writing categorized by genre, as well as multimedia projects.
* We also hold an annual Writing Contest, related to our Anthology Project’s annual theme, offering all Maine students the chance to have their work printed in one of our books as well as in Maine Magazine.
* We submit student work each year to the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards as a way to publish and recognize student writing at the national level.
* If that kind of publicity isn’t enough, we keep a current list of Places to Publish elsewhere on the web or through other nationwide writing contests and awards.