826 Boston kicked off its programming in the spring of 2007 by inviting authors Junot Díaz, Steve Almond, Holly Black, and Kelly Link to lead writing workshops at the English High School. The visiting writers challenged students to modernize fairy tales, invent their ideal school, and tell their stories. Since then Boston has hosted a variety of creative and challenging workshops. Located in Roxbury's Egleston Square, a culturally diverse community south of downtown, 826 Boston is is close to more than 20 Boston schools.
826CHI opened its writing lab and drop-in tutoring center in Chicago's Wicker Park neighborhood. The setting is both culturally lively and teeming with schools: within one mile, there are fifteen public schools comprising more than 16,000 students. Its storefront, The Boring Store, sells nothing of interest and is certainly not an outlet for spy equipment.
Storefront: The Boring Store
- Opened: October 2005
- Serves: Chicago Public Schools
- Neighborhood: Wicker Park
- Most Recent Publication: The Noise Felt Human
Executive Director: Barry Benson
826DC was founded as Capitol Letters Writing Center in 2008 and re-opened as 826DC in October 2010. 826DC serves students from all over the Greater Washington, DC area. The center is based in the neighborhood of Columbia Heights, which is also home to about 17 public and public charter schools, putting 826DC at the center of a dense student population. 826DC also opened their storefront, The Museum of Unnatural History, in October 2010.
826LA benefits greatly from the wealth of cultural and artistic resources in the Los Angeles area. Since opening, they’ve provided thousands of hours of free one-on-one writing instruction. They’ve sent volunteers into schools all over Los Angeles, held summer camps for English language learners, given students sportswriting training in the Lakers press room, and published love poems written from the perspective of leopards.
- Opened: March 2005
- Serves: Los Angeles Unified School District
- Neighborhood: Mar Vista, Echo Park
- Most Recent Publication: A Ring Of Sunshine Around the Moon
- Storefront: Echo Park Time Travel Mart and Mar Vista Time Travel Mart
- Executive Director: Joel Arquillos
826michigan opened its doors on June 1, 2005. 826michigan serves students all over southeastern Michigan, hosting all their in-schools residencies in Ypsilanti schools, and providing workshops for students in Detroit, and Lincoln and Willow Run school districts. They also have a packed workshop schedule on-site every semester, with offerings that range in topic from making pop-up books to writing sonnets to creating a screenplay to producing an infomercial and more. The Liberty Street Robot Supply & Repair store opened in May of 2008.
- Opened: June 2005
- Serves: Ann Arbor Public Schools, Ypsilanti Public School District, Lincoln Consolidated Schools, and Willow Run Community Schools
- Neighborhood: Ann Arbor
- Most Recent Publication: What To Call The Place I Call Home
- Storefront: Liberty Street Robot Supply and Repair Store
- Executive Director: Amanda Uhle
826NYC's writing center opened its doors in September 2004. Since then their programs have offered over one thousand students opportunities to improve their writing and to work side by side with community volunteers. This past year they built their first satellite tutoring center, created in partnership with the Brooklyn Public Library, which has introduced their programs to an entirely new community of students.
- Opened: June 2004
- Serves: New York City Public Schools
- Neighborhood: Park Slope, Brooklyn
- Most Recent Publication: Forgetting How to Hold a Fork
- Storefront: Brooklyn Superhero Supply Co.
- Executive Director: Scott Seeley
Opened in 2005, the 826 Seattle writing center is in Greenwood, one of the most diverse neighborhoods in the city. 826 Seattle's storefront, the Greenwood Space Travel Supply Co., helps support the center's writing programs.
- Opened: October 2005
- Serves: Seattle Public School District and greater Seattle area school districts
- Neighborhood: Greenwood
- Most Recent Publication: What to Read in the Rain 2012
- Storefront: Greenwood Space Travel Supply Co.
- Executive Director: Teri Hein
Named for our location in the heart of San Francisco’s Mission District, 826 Valencia opened on April 8, 2002 and consists of a writing lab, a street-front student-friendly retail pirate store that partially funds our programs, and satellite classrooms in two nearby middle schools. Since we opened our doors, over 1,700 volunteers—including published authors, magazine founders, SAT course instructors, documentary filmmakers, and other professionals—have donated their time to work with thousands of students. These incredible volunteers allow us to offer all of our services for free.
- Opened: April 2002
- Serves: San Francisco Unified School District and Oakland Unified School District
- Neighborhood: The Mission District
- Most Recent Publication: Arrive, Breathe, and Be Still
- Storefront: Pirate Supply Store
- Executive Director: Vidrale Franklin