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826CHI Students Interview Twin Peaks

October 6th—

At Pitchfork Music Festival in July, 826CHI's student press corp conducted a series of interviews with performing artists as part of our annual "The Rest is Noise: Pitchfork Writing" Workshop. In this final interview, local garage-rockers Twin Peaks talk breaking a leg, blu-rays, and band advice with 826CHI students. Read it here >>

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September at 826CHI

October 1st—

In the past month, we've celebrated the release of a beautiful new book, held a fantastic fundraising event, and begun our fall programming. Now, we are mere DAYS away from moving into our new home! More updates here >>

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Tale-Gate Success!

September 29th—

THANK YOU to everyone who joined us for Saturday's Tale-Gate fundraiser!

We're grateful to the volunteers and interns who helped run the event, to each of the 7 fundraising teams for raising support for our programs and completing all sorts of zany challenges, to Döner Men, Write Club, Valid Hysteria, Shine On, Chicago, and London Calling for providing day-of entertainment, to Chicagoist for sponsoring us, to Alison Kuczwara of Tiny Bold Creative for making the promotional materials look so lovely, and to the amazing folks at the Hideout Inn for hosting us.

You can view photos here >>

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THIS WEEKEND: Tale-Gate Fundraiser

September 24th—

Looking for something to do this Saturday? Join us for our second-annual Tale-Gate, a street fest of literary proportions, to benefit 826CHI!

Hosted at The Hideout, our literary-themed, block party-styled fundraiser features live music, live lit, improv interpretations of our student writing, classic tailgate games, German street food, and drinks from the Hideout. Please come, and bring all of your (21+) friends—it's just $10 at the door!

826CHI is also grateful for the sponsorship of Chicagoist—they've got their finger on the pulse of Chicago news; from food and drink to entertainment and politics. Check it out!

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Young Authors’ Book Project 2015: Power and Place

September 23rd—

An In-School partnership with 10th graders from Curie Metropolitan High School will yield this year's 826CHI Young Authors' Book Project, to be released at Printers Row Lit Fest in June 2015.

Students will work with volunteers to write about significant places in their lives, drawing on creative nonfiction and personal storytelling to shape narratives unique to their lives and perspectives.

This yearlong program will also provide a space for students to critique how stories are told in the media, sharpening their news literacy skills while crafting original stories.

We want to know: What are your favorite Chicago places? What are news headlines saying to--and about--you? Write alongside our students with weekly writing prompts; just follow @826CHI on Twitter and keep an eye on the #YAPB hashtag.

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