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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.

"Try again. Fail again. Fail better."

"Every now and then, especially when struggling with words and writing, I think that I should tattoo [this Samuel Beckett quote] on my forehead so I can see it when I brush my teeth." -September Volunteer of the Month, Antonio Díaz Oliva

Paddlestar Galactica V

826DC is raising money by having volunteers and friends of 826DC compete in a bracket-style ping-pong tournament. Are you up to the challenge?

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How to Escape Chocolate Quicksand


This week's featured piece from the collection is "How to Escape Chocolate Quicksand" by Winta, first published in How to Survive Anything! Reading Ivan's piece is Adam Mistler, a dedicated clerk for Tivoli's Astounding Magic Supply who also helped select the works in this collection as a member of the Editorial Board.

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My Life as a Dog/Shark

Christopher M.

This week's featured piece from the collection is "My Life as a Dog/Shark" by Christopher M., first published in our "Smell This Story!" writing workshop. Reading it for us is 826DC Programs Director Lacey Dunham, self-proclaimed book nerd and cat wrangler.

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Student Publishing

Publishing young authors is kind of our thing.

After-school Tutoring

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.


Flexible and Teacher-Driven In-School Residencies.

What's New

Featured News, Press and stories from 826DC

A Letter From Kalimah

Dear 826DC, Hi, my name is Kalimah, and I’m 12 years old. I have been attending evening and weekend workshops at 826DC since March of this year.

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Amy & Peter Pastan Support #GivingTuesday

You’ve heard of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but have you heard of #GivingTuesday? Now entering its fifth year, #GivingTuesday is a global day of giving that connects individuals to causes that matter.

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