Join us in 2019!


Show & Tell is a celebration of the power of writing and storytelling, and raises awareness of young peoples’ need for confidence-building creative literacy instruction. This 90-minute literary cabaret is a showcase of stories across mediums from a variety of storytellers at Portland's historic State Theatre.

The State Theatre is a 1,300 seat music hall in downtown Portland that regularly hosts national musical acts and comedy shows.

All proceeds from the event will be used to support The Telling Room's free writing programs for Maine youth.


Schedule of Events

Doors open for Host Committee Cocktail Reception

Doors open for Main Event

7:30pm – 9:00pm
Live show featuring our six very special guests!

What to Wear

Approach Show & Tell as a casual "night out at the theater." Feel free to come as you are, dress for cocktails, or go all out. We know Portland appreciates the opportunity to get fancy, but please know it's not required. We're up for anything!


The State Theatre is a historic theater located at 609 Congress Street in downtown Portland, Maine, which features a combination of Moorish and Art Deco architecture. It reopened as a 1,870-seat performing arts venue in 2010.



Donating to The Telling Room is about believing in our students.

Your ticket purchases will directly support The Telling Room’s programs, including Writers Block, the Anthology Project, Young Emerging Authors, Super Famous Writers Series, Young Writers & Leaders, and much more!

Tickets for 2019 will go on sale in January. Stay tuned!




Our spectacular spring event deserves a stellar raffle.

Last year, we searched all over Portland and beyond for the best local food, goods, and entertainment. The result? One lucky winner took home the ultimate package of local fun!

Stay tuned for information about our 2019 raffle!



The Telling Room's mission is to empower youth through writing and share their voices with the world.

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. Write. Share. Inspire.

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