We're busting out of our hats with exciting programming! 826DC offers free, year-round creative and expository writing support through the six programs featured below. All local writers ages 6-18 and their teachers can access our offerings and publishing opportunities, in which student voices and ideas come first every time. And did we mention that it's all free?


*How We're Staying Safe During COVID-19*

Across all of our programs and everything that we do, 826DC is committed to fostering a safe environment in which to create, learn, work, and grow.

To make that happen, we’ve developed these COVID-19 safety policies, based on the current guidelines from the CDC, DC Public Schools, and DC government.

As that guidance evolves, we will continue to update these policies and to add more safety measures as needed.

Young Authors' Book Project

The Young Authors’ Book Project (YABP) showcases and celebrates youth voices. Over the course of the school year, students get hands-on experience with every aspect of writing, editing, and publishing—from the rough pages of drafting all the way to a polished, professionally-published book.

Student authors pose with "This Time They Hear You"

Our most recent YABP book, “We Matter: Notes from DC’s Generation Z,” is an essay collection by seventh-grade journalists from Brookland Middle School!

Curious about Bringing YABP to your School?

Let us know

After-School Writing Lab

Wednesdays can be rough, thanks to all the homework that comes with the daily academic grind. From 3:30-6:00 PM, though…POOF! The work gets done during our two-hour Wednesday volunteer-supported homework help sessions, complete with a half-hour of creative writing.

Interested in After-School Writing Lab?

We're at capacity this semester, but fill out the application form below and we'll email you when a spot opens up!

Apply for Tutoring

Note: After-School Writing Lab is currently only accepting applications from DC-based families whose students receive free or reduced lunch or self-identify as English Language Learners.

Field Trips

DC students and their teachers join us for an unforgettable morning or afternoon of collective storytelling, with each young person leaving as a newly-published author!

826DC field trip books

Our field trips are free for all DCPS and DCPCS schools where at least 60% of students qualify for Free or Reduced Price Lunch and/or identify as English Language Learners.

826DC currently offers these field trips:

  1. At our writing center in Columbia Heights for up to ten students at a time (We can reserve multiple dates to accommodate your full class. We can also work with you to schedule multiple groups on one day, if that would be more convenient!)
  2. In your classroom
  3. Virtually


Interested in Setting Up a Field Trip?

Get in Touch

Writing Workshops

Know a young writer just bursting with ideas? Want to introduce a reluctant reader to new worlds? Join us for any one of our wonderful virtual Writing Workshops where, in two hours, young writers will explore a new topic and leave with a piece of writing of which they can be proud.

Two volunteers, a boy, and a girl in an Elmo costume sit at a table and write.

Check back here for workshop signups when they are next available.

Recent Workshops

Emotions play a huge role in how we remember places important to us. Students explore this by writing memoirs, using plot, dialogue, and description to bring their stories to life.

In this workshop from 826NYC, students write about their personal experiences with social media and online platforms.

Reading All-stars

At Reading All-Stars, 826DC’s Saturday literacy program, students from Harriet Tubman Elementary School work one-on-one with volunteer mentors to strengthen their reading and writing skills.

A Reading All-Stars volunteer reads with a student.

Interested in Reading All-Stars?

Learn More and Get Involved

In-School Writing, Editing, and Publishing

826DC offers direct support to K-12 teachers through this program, one of our most flexible and teacher-driven. In-Schools, now available for virtual learning, can range from one class period to multi-week sessions.

How much does it cost?

The program is 100% free to schools, teachers, and students.

What have you been up to recently?

Editing and Publishing 826DC joined five classrooms of 11th grade students to work in small groups on revisions for a personal memoir project around food writing over the course of two days. 826DC then worked remotely with the students via Google Docs to proofread and copyedit their work. Finally, 826DC designed and published a collection of the students’ writing and corresponding recipes. Poetry Writing Workshop During National Poetry Month in April, 826DC led a poetry writing workshop for a group of 9th-12th graders, focusing on a reading and discussing a poem and guiding the students through writing poetic responses to the work. Students’ poems were subsequently submitted for publication consideration on the Poetry Foundation’s website. Group Storytelling 826DC led a storytelling writing workshop with 1st-3rd graders. We introduced the students to the basics of any narrative (protagonist/hero, antagonist/villain, plot, setting, characters, and dialogue), and then guided the students through writing the story as a group. The students then wrote their own individual endings to the story and illustrated the pages themselves. Each student received a bound copy of the book to keep.

Realistic Fiction Over three days, 826DC led a lesson with 7th graders to build their “show, don’t tell” descriptive language skills.

LoNoMeMo (Local Novel Mentoring Month) 826DC volunteers served as mentors for high school students who (frantically) wrote 50,000 word novels within the span of a month.

How can I get involved?

If you’re interested in hosting 826DC in your virtual classroom, the first step is to fill out the Teacher Interest Form. We ask for a minimum of four weeks advance notice for most In-School Writing, Editing, and Publishing partnerships.

Teacher Interest Form