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.

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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.

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Leighton

Grade 7

Love is a fallacy Ethos is credible I like eating Girls like me He is weird Too much food Only 12 Not funny   These all describe me I’m Leighton

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Good Hope

Abner

Grade 4

In the grass A brass band Plays I’m kneeling And I hear the music singing From my hand.

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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 Residencies.

What's New

Featured News, Press and stories from 826DC

“What Did You Write About?”

We asked the seventh-grade journalists of the upcoming 826DC Young Authors’ Book Project collection “We Matter: Notes from DC’s Generation Z,” to sum up what they chose to cover.

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“Lessons from a DC Nonprofit”

Did you know that Cedric Brown, 826DC’s Deputy Store Manager, is also a PR pro? He recently interviewed Andrea Nelson, 826DC’s Director of Education, about how we engage with the diverse DC community.

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