Young people have important things to say

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

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

Latest News

Spur Local Nonprofit Partner

826DC Chosen for 2024 Spur Local Class

Spur Local, formerly the Catalogue for Philanthropy, recently announced its 2024 class of critical nonprofit partners. 826DC is one of them!

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Author’s Notes from “When Duty Calls”

Meet some of the sixth-grade Brookland Middle School authors—and their characters—from When Duty Calls, the newest 826DC book!

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Young Writer Showcase June 12 4-6 PM at MLK Library

Young Writer Showcase

On June 12th, join us downtown at the MLK Library from 4-6 PM to celebrate, support, and hear from young local writers!

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