The Telling Room: Young Emerging Authors Fellowship

This summer I was lucky enough to be involved in The Telling Room's Young Emerging Authors Fellowship as a designer! The Telling Room is a fantastic nonprofit writing center here in Portland that works with kids ages 6 - 18. The Young Emerging Author's Fellowship (YEA) offers a select number of applicants the chance to plan, write, edit, design, and publish their own books in one year.

Because, Why Not Write? cover design and art in progress.

It was exciting to work with the young authors and to explore the many possibilities for the design of their books. Because, Why Not Write? is a non-fiction book written by Cameron Jury. There is a great article in a local publication here, that gives more details about the program and her process. The Presumpscot Baptism of a Jewish Girl is a poetry book by Lizzy Lemieux. I especially love the antique cover art she chose from the New York Public Library's digital image collection. It is such a fantastic resource!

The final products! All four YEA books are in the wagon.

I look forward to working with more young authors in the future! Being at the Telling Room has been a great experience both socially and creatively.


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