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.

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.

My Life as a Dog/Shark

"I jumped into action, ran into the water, swam over to that person, and bit the jellyfish without getting shocked. Here comes my favorite part, I thought."

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

Aleyahna

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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The Tiger

Nael

Grade 1

The tiger He destroyed his cage Yes YES The tiger is out   Originally published in “They’re Singing a Song in Their Rocket” and “You Will Be Able to Say a Thousand Words”

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Support 826DC

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

Community Partner Spotlight: GW SMARTDC

For nearly ten years, 826DC has partnered with Honey W. Nashman Center for Civic Engagement & Public Service at The George Washington University to provide students at the university with opportunities to work in the community, gaining skills and experiences that will serve them in the future.

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Trivia for Cheaters 2018

Last night, cheating was a good thing. Journalists, industry leaders, public servants, and community members joined us for our annual Trivia for Cheaters fundraiser, a pub-style trivia game where players “buy” cheats by donating to 826DC.

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Local Author Interview: Sandra Beasley

Author Sandra Beasley has long been a friend of 826DC, and we were thrilled when she agreed to sit down with Emily to chat about our most recent Young Authors’ Book Project, Spit Fire, and what it means to be a poet in Washington, DC, now.

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Meet the Staff: Emily Moses

Chances are, you’ve already met our new 826DC Publication Programs Manager, Emily Moses. If you haven’t, though, you’re in for a treat!

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