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."

Fireside Cocktails

Festive drinks and live bluegrass music to kick off the holiday season and help DC young authors write their own paths forward in 2018.

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Can You Hear Me?

London Hart

If the officers were taught to take more precautions when addressing a situation, there would be fewer killings and officers could gain back the community's trust. If the community is given skills to handle situations with the police, the process would go much more smoothly.

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Okra (Not Orca) Soup

Chidinma Lantion

I love the way it warms me in the winter months and how it's not taboo to eat with your hands. But, most of all, I love the way every flavor and ingredient seem to flawlessly merge together. It creates one bite with so many flavors and textures that it creates a delicious havoc on your taste buds.

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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

Mentorship

The students from the two schools working on Young Authors' Book Project come together as the high school students from SEED mentor the 5th graders from Bruce Monroe. This experience offered confidence building for the SEED students and learning and support for the Bruce Monroe students. Together, both groups observed the gap that lies between their grades and the memories (or wonderings of the future) that shape their identity.

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Having To Tell Your Mother Is the Hardest Part

We are so excited to announce the arrival of our next student publication! Having To Tell Your Mother Is the Hardest Part is a collection of personal narratives written by students from Bruce Monroe @ Park View Elementary and the SEED School of Washington, DC.

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Gallery Walk

Former intern Emily shares how students in the Young Authors' Book Project observe images of different social justices from across modern history and respond to them. They consider the connection of who they are and how they relate to the greater social context.

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