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.

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.

Paddlestar Galactica

is 826DC's famous bracket-style ping-pong tournament fundraiser. Come serve up some good for young authors!

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Spit Fire

Julius

Grade 10

If someone tells you to spit fire then give heat like a stove

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Haiku

Niya

Grade 10

Stop asking fools for acceptance when they are the ones who need guidance     Originally published in “Spit Fire”

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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 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

Reading Recs for YABP

826DC is looking for journalism reading recommendations to share with a cohort of seventh-grade scholars at Brookland Middle School!

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Our Moonshot

Across DC and the country, nonprofits are being considered for the Fordham-CAP “Moonshot for Kids” project.

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Seeking Young Authors’ Book Project Volunteers

This year, 826DC is working with a cohort of seventh-grade authors from Brookland Middle School to write a collection of on-the-ground reportage that will answer the question, “What does the world need to know about DC?” This is where you come in.

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