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."

Paddlestar Galactica is BACK!

Register by March 8 to play in our annual Ping-Pong tournament and grassroots fundraiser.

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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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A gift of any amount helps make our creative writing programs free for district students.

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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.


Flexible and Teacher-Driven In-School Residencies.

What's New

Featured News, Press and stories from 826DC

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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Celebrate 826 on 8/26

Join us for a sweet treat in Navy Yard before the Nats play the Mets! Event Details Ice Cream Jubilee has generously agreed to help us show our gratitude!

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The Thing With Feathers

This summer 826DC students learned all about our feathered friends who inhabit the District, as well as those who pass through during migration.

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Meet Our New On-Site Programs Manager!

We are so excited to welcome D’Real Graham as our new On-Site Programs Manager! Former volunteer and full-time staffer at 826michigan, D’Real is relocating his expertise to our very own 826DC, where he will be overseeing our on-site programs, including After School Tutoring and Workshops.

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