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8/26 Day Celebration!

8/26 Day Celebration!

August 25th—

No need to worry ... despite August 26th being a National Holiday (8/26 Day), we will be open! And not just open. We will be partying. This is your invitation to join us in the celebration!

Be a part of the fun by exercising your right to write! Throughout the day we are encouraging you to set aside 8 minutes and 26 seconds to write a short story/character sketch/ poem/recipe etc. (We're looking to get an ambitious 82.6 of these micro-masterpieces before the clock strikes 8:26pm!)

Send us your writing by emailing us , tweeting us (@826chi) with it, hiring a bike messenger, enlisting Mortimer the messenger pigeon, posting it to our virtual wall (facebook), or posting it to our real wall, right here at 826CHI.

[If you're stuck, here are some prompts from our students: What would you do if a milkshake attacked the world? What would you do if a giant panda let all of the animals out of the zoo? What would you do if you woke up to find out you were the only person on Earth?]

The Boring Store and 826CHI will be open and welcoming any and everyone to write from 11am - 4pm. Beyond giving you a space and supplies to write your piece, we will be giving away prizes, (fear not, internet friends, we'll get you some prizes too!) and passing out "I WROTED TODAY" stickers so you can show off your writerly pride. We will also be throwing confetti, pasting stories dangerously high in The Boring Store's windows, having a pencil sharpening contest, dancing and playing with balloons.

To wrap it up, join us at the Standard Bar and Grill, across the street, to toast the holiday from 4pm - 6pm!

HAPPY 8/26 DAY! 

Finding their muse in a Threadless t-shirt

Finding their muse in a Threadless t-shirt

August 22nd—

Look down at the t-shirt you're wearing. Is it awesome? If so, chances are extremely high that it was designed through Threadless.

Last week, Betsy and Colleen, creative copywriters at Threadless, taught a workshop that charged students with writing stories based on some of the company's amazingly designed t-shirts. After touring the offices, not getting lost in the warehouse, and taking time to sit and think about how words can add a whole new dimension to an image, the students picked their favorite shirt and got to writing. Try their writing on for size over at the Threadless blog!

826CHI on Groupon

June 28th—

Though we've thought of offering a Groupon for "100% off creative writing workshops with Chicago's finest writers" or "Spend $0, get a free year's worth of tutoring," we quickly realized that's what we do every day with or without a coupon fueled by collective buying power!

But, if you enjoy reading our students' writing and getting great deals in the city, visit Groupon.com today! Many of the Chicago deals' descriptions were written by 826CHI middle-school students who worked side-by-side with the oh-so-smart and clever members of the Groupon editorial staff as part of the workshop, Write on with Groupon!

And if that's not enough fun, Groupon's Gpoint is all about 826CHI today. Check it out on Chicago's Groupon page as well! 

PEG raises over $150,000 for 826CHI!

PEG raises over $150,000 for 826CHI!

May 11th—

The University Club proved to be the perfect setting for our first large fundraising dinner, People Eating and Giving. It seems the room's Hogwarts-ian architecture inspired incredible magic for the evening; Dave Eggers explained his writing process as a kid, Michael Chabon read from a little-known work he wrote when he was in 5th grade and Jeff Tweedy serenaded the 300 folks gathered with songs from the forthcoming Wilco album and a few other chestnuts to boot.

But the greatest magic trick came when those gathered magicians (aka our generous supporters including a long list of Chicago's finest professional authors and their young writing counterparts from 826CHI's programs), conjured something incredibly large to appear out of nowhere: chiefly $150,000 to support 826CHI's mission to provide creative writing and tutoring for thousands of Chicago students. WOW! To all our guests, sponsors and volunteers thank you so much for your unbelievable support. 

826CHI students visit the White House!

826CHI students visit the White House!

May 11th—

At the invitation of First Lady Michelle Obama, 826CHI visited the White House to participate in a poetry workshop with some of the brightest names in the arts and humanities. Sitting in the State Room, 826CHI high school students Sarah Meyer and Phoebe Murtagh learned about the pain, pleasure and power of poetry from the likes of poet laureate Billy Collins, Elizabeth Alexander, Rita Dove, Kenny Goldsmith, Alison Knowles and Aimee Mann.

Though perhaps not the most poetic description of the afternoon, the students' chaperone uttered, "This is awesome." The sentiment was quickly heightened by Sarah, "This is beyond awesome."
 

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