We Believe

that great leaps in learning can come from one-on-one attention, that building writing skills leads to success, and that young people have important things to say.

Our Programs

help students write their own paths forward—and have fun doing it. At risk for a zombie apocalypse? We've got a writing workshop lesson plan for that. Running for Kid President? We can help a student craft her winning platform. From the serious to the silly, we're ready to create with you.

Get Involved

with 826DC. From revising sonnets, exploring fractions, and illustrating centaurs to donating and spreading the word about 826DC, there are a ton of ways to help magic happen here.

Remembering Kurt Wimmer

Our dear friend and board member, Kurt Wimmer, cared deeply about young people in this community.

826DC's Half-Half-Half-Half-Half Marathon

Calling all runners, couch potatoes, and everyone in between! On June 5th, you're invited to briefly book it for youth literacy.

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Advice to the Past

Yoanabel

Grade 3

The advice I would give is to end segregation because it’s not fair. Also not to cheat on tests.

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Birds in the City

826DC "The Thing with Feathers" Summer Workshop, 2018

We hear birds in the city. A bird chirps when singing a song. When birds chirp, it is harmony.

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Make a Donation Today

A gift of any amount helps make our creative writing programs free for District students.

Support 826DC

Young Authors' Book Project


Publishing young authors is kind of our thing.

After-School Writing Lab


We want your homework. Seriously.

Field Trips


Creative andproject-based fun.

Writing Workshops


Free workshops that foster creativity.

Reading All-stars


Saturday morning reading program.

In-School Writing, Editing, and Publishing


Flexible and Teacher-Driven In-School (or Remote) Residencies.

What's New

Featured News, Press and stories from 826DC

Earth Day Essay Writing

It’s Earth Day! It is a day to celebrate all the beautiful places on this earth and work to make sure we are making our earth a beautiful and safe place to live.

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Magical by Design

With novelty 826 storefronts like Tivoli’s Astounding Magic Supply Company, there’s a lot more than meets the eye.

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