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What creates sparks? What produces those flashes of light, the jolt of energy up your spine and through your fingertips when you are faced with the unexpected? In this 2017 anthology, sixty Telling Room authors explore encounters—the chance meetings and moments of connection that supply the sparks to ignite a story.
Within these pages of poems, flash fiction, short stories, journalism, and personal essays you will meet a pocket-sized dinosaur at a birthday party and a bull moose in the forest, confront prejudice and worst enemies, and face the loss of home and the birth of a new sibling. The magic that passes between and beyond those brief points of contact is kindling for the fire roaring in this book.
About the Author
These sixty authors are among the more than 3,300 students The Telling Room has served throughout the 2016-2017 school year, and are residents of the following Maine towns: Biddeford, Bowdoinham, Brunswick, Chebeague Island, China, Cumberland, Durham, Falmouth, Freeport, Fryeburg, Gorham, Hampden, Harpswell, Kittery, Portland, Pownal, Richmond, Scarborough, South Berwick, South Portland, Standish, Waldoboro, Wells, Westbrook, and Yarmouth. They each took part in one of our writing programs, including the annual writing contest, summer camps, customized projects, our core afterschool programs--Publishing Workshop, Writers Block, Young Emerging Authors Fellowship, and Young Writers & Leaders--residencies in Maine schools, and our online submission portal, which receives hundreds of pieces of writing from young people all over the world.