We Believe

that great leaps in learning can come from one-on-one attention, that building writing skills leads to success, and that young people have important things to say.

Our Programs

help students write their own paths forward—and have fun doing it. At risk for a zombie apocalypse? We've got a writing workshop lesson plan for that. Running for Kid President? We can help a student craft her winning platform. From the serious to the silly, we're ready to create with you.

Get Involved

with 826DC. From revising sonnets, exploring fractions, and illustrating centaurs to donating and spreading the word about 826DC, there are a ton of ways to help magic happen here.

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Advice to the Past

Yoanabel

Grade 3

The advice I would give is to end segregation because it’s not fair. Also not to cheat on tests.

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Birds in the City

826DC "The Thing with Feathers" Summer Workshop, 2018

We hear birds in the city. A bird chirps when singing a song. When birds chirp, it is harmony.

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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

Young Authors' Book Project


Publishing young authors is kind of our thing.

After-School Writing Lab


We want your homework. Seriously.

Field Trips


Creative andproject-based fun.

Writing Workshops


Free workshops that foster creativity.

Reading All-stars


Saturday morning reading program.

In-School Writing, Editing, and Publishing


Flexible and Teacher-Driven In-School (or Remote) Residencies.

What's New

Featured News, Press and stories from 826DC

Meet the Staff: Dominique Doonquah

Meet Dominique Doonquah, 826DC’s new School Residency Manager! She has joined the team to lead the much-loved Young Authors’ Book Project (YABP), in addition to running other in-school writing residencies throughout the school year.

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