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.

Celebrate a Decade of Writing

On October 1st, we're throwing a virtual Homecoming bash to celebrate 826DC's ten-year anniversary and to sustain what comes next. Join us!

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The History of the Musical Genre Go-Go

E'Niya

Grade 7

If you stand on any corner in our nation’s capital, close your eyes and listen to your heartbeat.

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The Galaxy of Earth: Full of Joy

Students from 826DC's "ReWrite the Stars" space writing camp

Black hole, dots, colors. White dots with blue scribbles it’s like a spinning circle. A galaxy, it’s oval and colorful, tastes like yogurt and feels like a foggy day.

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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

Meet the Staff: Deb Monti

We’re thrilled to introduce Deb Monti, 826DC’s Young Authors’ Book Project (YABP) Manager! She’s an artist, an educator, and the new magic-maker behind one of our much-loved publishing programs.

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826DC Homecoming Court

As part of 826DC’s ten-year Homecoming celebration, we’re glad to award these magic-makers for their indelible impact on young writers over the past decade!

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826DC Homecoming

826DC is celebrating TEN YEARS of serving young writers in this community! Join us on October 1st for this virtual Homecoming bash to help sustain this vital work and support DC students in the years to come.

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What We Did This Summer

Summer 2020 has, to put it mildly, been rough. Throughout everything, 826DC has continued to serve young writers and to offer the creative space to either escape from or take on what’s weighing heaviest on young people right now.

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