Join us for Glitterati, The Telling Room's annual Sparkling Literary Ball, to support young writers in Maine. It is an evening when we pull off our snow boots, polish our party shoes, and come out to honor our Red Buoy Award recipient. Come mingle with celebrated authors, sample delicious food from the Westin Harborview and Aurora Provisions, bid on live and silent auction items, and donate to support our programs.


Your ticket purchases will directly support The Telling Room’s programs, including Writers Block, Young Emerging Authors, Super Famous Writers Series, Young Writers & Leaders, and much more! Who wouldn't welcome an excuse to break out their best party dress and socialize? Tickets have sold out the past few years so claim yours today!

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The Red Buoy Award is given each year to Telling Room champions whose generosity uplifts our work and marks the way forward. The Red Buoy is an iconic Telling Room image that represents us far and wide in the community. It’s central to our identity and symbolic of our mission to make a positive impact on our community and prepare Maine youth for success.

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Each year, a committee of volunteers assembles a fantastic array of live and silent auction items ranging from week-long stays in exotic locales to hour-long pampering sessions at local salons and spas. You'll find an amazing variety of travel, food, lifestyle, sports, and literary options to choose from. All proceeds support our free youth programs.

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2017 Glitterati Host Committee

Lisa & Peter Adams
Kyo Bannai & Craig Schneider
Mary Baumgartner & Philip Jones
Mark & Aimee Bessire
Emily & Ken Blaschke
Josh Bodwell & Tammy Ackerman
Jim & Julia Brady
Emily & Duncan Bruce
Beba & James Cabot
Brock & Lane Clarke
Melissa Coleman
Susan Conley & Tony Kieffer
Sara Corbett & Mike Paterniti
Karla & Tim Coury
Russ & Sarah Cox
Sara Crisp & Gregg Lipton
Susanna & Rich Dubois
Dan Edwards
Rebecca & James Evarts
Bob & Kristen Farnham
Catherine Fisher
Shazelle Goulet & Zach Davis
Caitlin Gutheil & Doug Welch

Patty & Cyrus Hagge
Jeanne Handy & Robert Moldaver
Andrea Hanson
Anja Hanson & Derek Pierce
John & Stephanie Hatzenbuehler
Quincy Hentzel & Matt Thornton
Mary Herman
Eddie & Patty Howells
Dinah Minot Hubley & Whip Hubley
Kim Kalicky
Lily King & Tyler Clements
Cricket & Angus King III
Amy & Jamie Kuhn
Jennifer & Sean Mahoney
Kate & Ian Malin
Bethany & Sam Mateosian
Meeghan McLain & Joel Antolini
Charlie Miller
Garry Mitchell & Debra Spark
Laura Newman & Jeff Norris
Kent & Kristen Pierce
Thom Rhoads & Rosa Scarcelli
Hilary Robbins & James O'Keefe

Bill Roorbach & Juliet Karelsen
Richard & Barbara Russo
Gillian Schair & Seth Rigoletti
Erica Schair-Cardona & Ivan Cardona
Sandro Sechi & Erik Mercer
Hollye & Dave Seddon
Warren & Maryann Shaw
David Sherman Jr. & Martha Burchenal
Donna Simonetti
Gretchen Spann & Phil Cawley
Yemaya & Lucas St. Clair
Beth Stickney & Ken Kunin
Ayres & CC Stockly
Barb & Michael Stoddard
Ruth Story
Sean & Jennifer Tabb
Paige Todorich
Desi van Til & Sean Mewshaw
Alice & Geoff Wagg
Frederic Williams
Monica Wood & Dan Abbott
Anne B. Zill




Schedule of Events

Doors open for GLITTERATI
Silent Auction opens

Red Buoy Presentation
Live Auction
Fund the Need

8:00pm – 9:00pm
...drinks, hors d'oeuvres, and celebration

What to Wear

Have you been waiting for the opportunity to dust off your sparkling gown or sequined bow tie? Come as you wish to Glitterati... but don't forget your feathers and glitter! Click through to see some ideas for a stunning Glitterati wardrobe.

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Enjoy delectable food and inspired cocktails in one of Portland’s most elegant hotels. This year's event will take place in the Westin Portland Harborview's magnificent ballroom, renovated as part of their $50 million remodel in 2015.

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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!

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Our live and silent auctions feature items you won't find anywhere else

In the market for one-of-a-kind Maine goods? Excited by local food and drink prepared by Maine's top chefs and bartenders? Looking to get away to an exciting new locale? Look no further than our auctions, which offer these opportunities and so much more! Every year, our auctions feature the best of Maine and beyond. Click through for a preview of what's up for grabs.

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The Telling Room is a nonprofit writing center 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.

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