Paddlestar Galactica

DC's only philanthropic ping-pong tournament is back for year SEVEN! Flex your table tennis skills and support free, award-winning literacy and literary programs for DC students.

Our Programs

help students of all ages 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.

We Believe

that great leaps in learning can come from one-on-one attention and that building writing skills leads to future success. For our city's youth, 826DC offers these opportunities - right in the heart of the District of Columbia. Make magic happen with us today.

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Grade 10

Stop asking fools for acceptance when they are the ones who need guidance     Originally published in “Spit Fire”

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What it’s like to be Aleyahna (for those of you who aren’t)


First of all I’m tall Face strong Real different huh Speak my mind But that ain’t how they want me to be Stressin’ but ain’t nothing progressing But that ain’t how life’s supposed to be Everybody wants me to be this, be that But that’s not what it’s gonna be!

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

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Student Publishing

Publishing young authors is kind of our thing.

After-School Writing Lab

We want your homework. Seriously.

Field Trips

Creative and project-based fun.

Writing Workshops

Free workshops that foster creativity.

Reading All-stars

Saturday morning reading program.


Flexible and Teacher-Driven In-School Residencies.

What's New

Featured News, Press and stories from 826DC

“What’s your Story About?”

We asked some of the third-grade authors of upcoming 826DC Young Authors’ Book Project book “This Time They Hear You,” a collection of science-inspired fairytales, what their stories are about.

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Meet the Staff: Shayna Baggatts-Porter

Shayna Baggatts-Porter recently joined the 826DC team as our Special Projects Associate! She is helping us with a ton of exciting projects like expanding our Visiting Authors Program and developing 826DC’s two-week summer writing workshop.

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Get Involved with the Visiting Authors Program

Calling all local authors and writers! You can share your skills with DC students through 826DC’s Visiting Authors Program, which brings new and established voices together for unforgettable classroom discussions and writing activities.

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826DC Recommends – YABP 2019 Edition

Later this Spring, 826DC will publish its twelfth Young Authors’ Book Project (YABP), a collaboration between 826DC volunteers, DC students, and professional writers and designers that promotes and celebrates student voices!

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