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.

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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I Wanna Work Harder

James Pace

Grade 4

So much depends upon a boy who comes and says I wanna work harder

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Cori King

Grade 4

red rose, panda’s glow / red rose, shine in the night

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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

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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We’re Hiring!

We’re excited to announce an opportunity to join our growing team! 826DC seeks an outgoing and mission-oriented individual with retail experience to support the Saturday operations of our storefront as the next Deputy Store Manager. 

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