Fifteen students set out across Portland this month visiting art venues, a food market and a popular new restaurant to offer their critiques and hone their skills as writers and reviewers through a summer camp program with The Telling Room.

Led by Telling Room program coordinator Sonya Tomlinson, who is also a writer and hip hop recording artist, the four-day camp focusing on food and art criticism was one of 12 offerings this summer for writers ages 7 to 18. Humor, fiction or essays were among the areas of focus for other camp sessions. During the school year, the Portland organization offers a variety of free programs that encourage student writing and creativity.

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