Programs

We're busting out of our hats with exciting programming! 826DC offers free, year-round creative and expository writing support through the six programs featured below. All local writers ages 6-18 and their teachers can access our offerings and publishing opportunities, in which student voices and ideas come first every time. And did we mention that it's all free?

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Young Authors' Book Project

The Young Authors’ Book Project (YABP) showcases and celebrates youth voices. Over the course of the school year, students get hands-on experience with every aspect of writing, editing, and publishing—from the rough pages of drafting all the way to a polished, professionally-published book.

Student authors pose with "This Time They Hear You"

Our most recent YABP book, “We Matter: Notes from DC’s Generation Z,” is an essay collection by seventh-grade journalists from Brookland Middle School!

Interested in Bringing YABP to your School?

Let us know

After-School Writing Lab

Mondays through Thursdays can be rough thanks to all the homework that comes with the daily academic grind. From 3:30-6:00 PM, though…POOF! The work gets done during our two-hour Monday-Thursday volunteer-supported homework help sessions, complete with a half-hour of creative writing.

If you’re interested in having your student write with us, fill out the form below and we’ll email you when a spot opens up!

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Note: After-School Writing Lab is currently only accepting applications from DC-based families whose students receive free or reduced lunch or self-identify as English Language Learners.

Field Trips

DC students and their teachers join us in the 826DC writing center for an unforgettable morning or afternoon.

826DC field trip books

Available Field Trips

Storytelling & Bookmaking (Grades 1-4)

A dynamic group storytelling activity where students write collaboratively before they complete the narrative on their own.

Want to book a field trip?

Field Trip Interest Form

Writing Workshops

Know a young writer just bursting with ideas? Want to introduce a reluctant reader to new worlds? Join us for any one of our wonderful Saturday or Evening Writing Workshops where, in two hours, young writers will explore a new topic and leave with a piece of writing of which they can be proud.

Two volunteers, a boy, and a girl in an Elmo costume sit at a table and write.

Upcoming Workshops

LOOKING OUT THE WINDOW: A PLACE MEMOIR (grades 8-12)
May 7, 5:30 PM to 7 PM, 826DC
Emotions play a huge role in how we remember places important to us. Students explore this by writing memoirs, using plot, dialogue, and description to bring their stories to life.

TRUE CONNECTIONS: PERSONAL EXPERIENCES WITH SOCIAL MEDIA (grades 8-12)
May 21, 5:30 PM to 7 PM, 826DC
In this workshop from 826NYC, students write about their personal experiences with social media and online platforms.

Reading All-stars

At Reading All-Stars, 826DC’s Saturday literacy program, students from Harriet Tubman Elementary School work one-on-one with volunteer mentors to strengthen their reading and writing skills.

A Reading All-Stars volunteer reads with a student.

Interested in Reading All-Stars?

Learn More and get involved

In-School Writing, Editing, and Publishing

826DC offers support to teachers in the K-12 classroom through this program, one of our most flexible and teacher-driven. Teachers can choose a curriculum delivery model or for 826DC small group/one-on-one support. In-Schools can range from one class period to multi-week sessions.

How much does it cost?

The program is 100% free to schools, teachers, and students.

What have you been up to recently?

Editing and Publishing 826DC joined five classrooms of 11th grade students to work in small groups on revisions for a personal memoir project around food writing over the course of two days. 826DC then worked remotely with the students via Google Docs to proofread and copyedit their work. Finally, 826DC designed and published a collection of the students’ writing and corresponding recipes. Poetry Writing Workshop During National Poetry Month in April, 826DC led a poetry writing workshop for a group of 9th-12th graders, focusing on a reading and discussing a poem and guiding the students through writing poetic responses to the work. Students’ poems were subsequently submitted for publication consideration on the Poetry Foundation’s website. Group Storytelling 826DC led a storytelling writing workshop with 1st-3rd graders. We introduced the students to the basics of any narrative (protagonist/hero, antagonist/villain, plot, setting, characters, and dialogue), and then guided the students through writing the story as a group. The students then wrote their own individual endings to the story and illustrated the pages themselves. Each student received a bound copy of the book to keep.

Realistic Fiction Over three days, 826DC led a lesson with 7th graders to build their “show, don’t tell” descriptive language skills.

LoNoMeMo (Local Novel Mentoring Month) 826DC volunteers served as mentors for high school students who (frantically) wrote 50,000 word novels within the span of a month.

How can I get involved?

If you’re interested in hosting 826DC in your classroom, the first step is to fill out the Teacher Interest Form. We ask for a minimum of four weeks advance notice for most In-School Writing, Editing, and Publishing partnerships.

Teacher Interest Form

  • Project Information

  • For example, all teachers in your grade level?
  • We generally require a four week minimum to request visits and create an effective partnership.
  • i.e. general dates, themes/focus, ideal project duration, ideal number of volunteers, dream for a finished product?
  • Teacher Information

  • Classroom Information

  • Please provide us with a quick snapshot of your class by selecting all relevant responses.
  • Please enter the percentage of your students who identify as:
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  • (i.e. ELL, Integrated curriculum, students with IEPs, class reading/writing level etc.)
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Teacher Interest Form