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


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: Cai Rodrigues-Sherley

A warm welcome to Cai Rodrigues-Sherley, 826DC’s new School Residency Coordinator! Cai will lead our Young Authors’ Book Project (YABP), in addition to running other in-school writing residencies throughout the school year.

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A Fantastic Field Trip

We recently met amazing second grade authors from Savoy Elementary School in their school library for an onsite field trip!

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