Paddlestar Galactica, the ping-pong tournament event supporting 826DC’s programs, returns on Saturday, April 27th, 1 PM to 4 PM at SPIN DC! Learn more and sign up here.

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.

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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

Paddlestar Galactica X

Paddlestar Galactica, the ping-pong tournament supporting 826DC’s youth writing programs, is back for YEAR TEN! This beloved event returns on April 27th, 1 PM to 4 PM at SPIN DC.

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You're invited to 826DC's trivia for cheaters, January 25th at the William & Mary Washington Center

Trivia for Cheaters 2024

On January 25th, DC journalists, politicos, industry leaders, and other local movers and shakers will battle for trivia glory at this popular fundraiser.

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Panda Prompts with 826DC

DC said goodbye to giant pandas Tian Tian, Mei Xiang, and Xiao Qi Ji yesterday! As they make their way back to China, here are some writing prompts that you might want to try…

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