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.

There’s trouble in the galaxy!

A planet is in crisis, and only you – the representatives of the Galactic Council – can resolve the conflict. In this workshop, you will create your very own alien character and home planet, and write a speech advocating for your solution to the crisis.

A Global Day of Giving

826DC is participating in #GivingTuesday, the international day of giving following Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Help us reach our goal of raising $7500 by November 28!

Fireside Cocktails

Festive drinks and live bluegrass music to kick off the holiday season and help DC young authors write their own paths forward in 2018.

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“The Thing With Feathers” Field Guide

by the Students of 826DC's 2017 Summer workshop

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The Overthrow

Adan Hernandez

I see white coats on the side, bwahehe. I walk up to a scientist and pretend that I am one, too! I comment, "Hi...so..." Then I just leave him, haha. Awkward. BUT! I see some goodies to steal. Bwahehe.

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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.

In-Schools


Flexible and Teacher-Driven In-School Residencies.

What's New

Featured News, Press and stories from 826DC

Fireside Cocktails

Join 826DC on December 7  at 2 Birds 1 Stone for an evening of festive drinks and live bluegrass music in support of DC young authors!

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826DC in NYT!

At the May release party for our collection of students essays, “Having to Tell Your Mother is The Hardest Part,” young authors shared their poignant stories with an audience of their peers and supporters.

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The 826 Stand

826 National was inspired to take a stand on issues of inclusion and diversity in light of the many events that spotlighted social and racial injustices throughout the country.

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826DC explores “Perception”

This year, 826DC embarks on an exploration. We’ve decided to focus the attention of our programs, staff, and young authors around a central guiding theme: PERCEPTION.

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