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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Cori King

Grade 4

red rose, panda’s glow / red rose, shine in the night

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“The Thing With Feathers” Field Guide

by the Students of 826DC's 2017 Summer workshop

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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

Meet Volunteer of the Month Karen Sirker

How did you first hear about 826DC? What motivated you to get involved? I first heard about 826DC through my former employer, the World Bank (WB), which has a community outreach program called “Community Connections”. 

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Meet Volunteer of the Month Michael Spaeth

How did you first hear about 826DC? What motivated you to get involved? I’ve loved creative writing since I was three years old, and I was looking for a way to use creative writing to give back to the community.

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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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