826DC’s bracket-style ping-pong tournament fundraiser, Paddlestar Galactica, is BACK on Saturday, March 25th, 12:30 PM to 4 PM at SPIN DC! Learn more, donate, and sign up to participate here.

Young people have important things to say

826DC helps DC students build their writing skills, share what matters to them, and build a lifelong relationship with writing.

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Make magic happen Write the future Make magic happen Write the future

Free, year-round writing and publishing programs for DC students ages 6-18

We host programs at our Columbia Heights writing center, in schools, and in community spaces across the city.

After-School Writing Lab

A writing community for students, hosted at 826DC.

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In-School Writing, Editing, and Publishing

Flexible short-and long-term writing residencies in collaboration with K-12 teachers.

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Writing Workshops

Exploratory writing sessions across diverse topics and genres, outside of school.

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Reading All-Stars

A Saturday morning literacy program for Harriet Tubman Elementary School students.

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Field Trips

Two-hour writing and bookmaking experiences for the whole class.

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Young Authors’ Book Project

A full-year classroom writing project, culminating in a book to be shared with readers across DC.

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Spark a love of writing in your classroom

Check out our library of tips, tricks, and techniques to make teaching and learning writing skills more dynamic and fun.


Writers supporting writers

We’re a team of lifelong writers and educators who believe that writing is a fundamental tool for possibility. We recognize that for any individual to fully step into their own power, writing must be part of their skillset.

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Paddlestar Galactica IX, ping-pong for a good cause

All About Paddlestar Galactica IX

Paddlestar Galactica, the ping-pong tournament supporting 826DC’s youth writing programs, is BACK! The beloved offbeat tournament returns on March 25th, 12:30 PM to 4 PM at SPIN DC.

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A screenshot from a recent CBS story, showing a teacher, students, and a Tivoli poster

826 on CBS

The 826 Network was on TV this weekend! Thank you, CBS Saturday Morning.

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Cai discusses poetry

Collaborative Poems

This year’s Young Authors’ Book Project (YABP) cohort is working on a book of poetry! The students, third and fourth graders at Savoy Elementary, wrote these poems together at a recent session.

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