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.

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Letter to an Alien Pen Pal

826DC After-School Writing Lab Students

Dear Geeblegorp, How are you? We are so excited to be your new pen pals from Earth!

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Pine and Willow with the Bullies


Grade 3

In the beginning, there was a little tree called Willow. He lived in a park near a little pond with other trees.

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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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