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.

Walking Gemstones and Other Invisible Science

Learn about beetles that look like gemstones, farms that harvest wind, and the science behind the changing colors of cherry blossom trees in our 2-week summer workshop.

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."

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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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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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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

826DC Featured on NBC4

“826DC wants young people to love writing instead of fearing it.” –It’s true, we do! Thank you Leon Harris and NBC4 for shining a light on our work during last Friday’s edition of Harris’ Heroes.

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Help us raise $20,000 by June 30

826DC started small: from our origins as Capitol Letters Writing Center, serving just 137 students in the first year through in-classroom programming, to becoming an official chapter of the 826 network.

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We’re Hiring: Development & Communications Manager

826DC seeks a highly motivated self-starter to join our team as Development and Communications Manager, leading or overseeing social media channels, low- to mid-level giving campaigns, earned income revenue programs, and some special events.

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Paddlestar Success!

On Sunday, friends of 826DC gathered at Pearl Street Warehouse to witness the annual extravaganza that is Paddlestar Galactica: A Ping-Pong Tournament Benefiting 826DC.

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