Help us raise $20K by June 30

By supporting our mission, you send a message to young authors that their stories are important and worthy of hearing. And they are. Donate today to help us reach our goal.

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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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.

In-Schools


Flexible and Teacher-Driven In-School Residencies.

What's New

Featured News, Press and stories from 826DC

Thank You, Clinton Yates!

ESPN journalist and radio commentator Clinton Yates (formerly at the Washington Post) visited student journalists at Center City PCS, Capitol Hill this week, where he talked about his path to becoming a journalist, current events and the role of journalists, and the importance of telling stories.

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#Shop826 Holiday Gift Guide

Searching for the perfect, quirky, meaningful gift with a story behind it? Look no further! These are our top picks from Tivoli’s Astounding Magic Supply.

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Fireside Cocktails

Join 826DC on December 7  at 2 Birds 1 Stone for an evening of festive drinks and live bluegrass music in support of DC young authors!

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