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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First Field Trip

826DC kicked off the first field trip of the school year with a visit to the Center City Public Charter School in Congress Heights!

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Preview of new 826DC website

A Closer Look at 826DC’s New Website

826DC’s website looks a little different than it did last week! It’s now much easier for everyone in this community to access and enjoy what’s here.

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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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