Whose Garden Was This?

Our free two-week summer writing program for students in third through sixth grade is all about conservation and keeping our planet healthy.

This Time They Hear You

is our newest book, an illustrated collection of science-inspired fairytales written by local third-grade authors and published through our Young Authors' Book Project (YABP).

Get Involved

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.

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.

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.

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My White Lie

Kayla Edwards

Grade 4

My white lie got bigger and bigger. My white lie was that I ate the last cookie and said that somebody ate it.

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The Big Brown Mego Mansion

Shawnti Wade

Grade 4

My Brown mansion is Brown as it can be

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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

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

Paddlestar VII was out of this World

This year’s Paddlestar Galactica was a blast! We gathered at SPIN DC with excitement, fabulous costumes, and competitive spirit, all excited to amplify youth voices here in DC.

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“What’s your Story About?”

We asked some of the third-grade authors of upcoming 826DC Young Authors’ Book Project book “This Time They Hear You,” a collection of science-inspired fairytales, what their stories are about.

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