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Summer Programing Registration Closes May 26!

May 11th—

Have you signed your student-author up for a summer workshop yet? We have programs for students of all ages including camps specifically for high school students and English Language Learners, in addition to a LEGENDARY music writing intensive that takes student-reporters to the front lines of cool: Pitchfork Music Festival. Register now!

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“I Remember… Running Fast, Scared and Shaking”

May 10th—

As part of our memoir writing Field Trip, Hirsch Metropolitan High School students bravely shared their personal experiences with us, which are now available in a beautiful new chapbook entitled, I Remember... Running Fast, Scared and Shaking.

Within these pages, students share transformative and impactful memories, from the death of family members to their first time eating pizza; a trip to an amusement park to the fear of neighborhood gang violence. Get your copy now in our Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply Co.

BIG UPS to volunteer Alison Sustarich of Tiny Bold Creative for this cover!

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“New Voices” Chapbook, Avaliable Now!

May 9th—

Last fall, students at Curie Metropolitan High School began a thrilling new multimedia writing project that allowed them to explore the lives and realities of those around them. Following the in tradition of radio legend Studs Terkel, students began a journey to tell stories on topics that matter to them, from people they find important or fascinating—be they siblings or strangers.

With the support of patner teacher Maria Rivera and a team of 826CHI volunteers, students explored the importance of storytelling and what it means to be a voice of witness within their own lives and communities. Reaching out to friends, parents, cousins, teachers, and more, students crafted questions to get to the heart of what matters to them: Growing up in Chicago, love, hopes, dream, goals, and loss...to name just a few.

In her foreword, Rivera notes that “the act of asking a question is an act of kindness and connection.” Through each interview transcript that lies within these pages, students’ respect for their subjects shines through, and reminds us of the value of a simple conversation.

A special thanks to volunteer Grace Molteni for designing this gorgeous cover and laying out the book's interior! "New Voices" is avaliable for purchase in our Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply Co.

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Happy Mother’s Day from 826CHI!

May 8th—

“Even though me and my mom have differences, we love each other like a bear loves honey.” — “Mom and Me” by Yureli F., grade 5

This Mother's Day, we’re celebrating mothers and maternal-figures of all shapes, sizes, and varieties. We love this sweet story about one of our students' relationships with her mothers, and you can read it all in our Writing Gallery!

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Book Release at Printers Row Lit Fest: “The Monster Gasped, OMG!”

May 5th—

Printers Row Lit Fest is the Midwest's largest outdoor lit fest; a summer staple for booklovers across the city.

Join 826CHI in Page Break Park from 2-3pm on Saturday, June 11th as we celebrate the official launch of The Monster Gasped, OMG! an anthology of 57 short stories penned by 4th and 5th graders from Brentano Math & Science Academy—and accompanied by 24 vivid, original illustrations by local artists.

This collection of zany, adventurous monster tales invites you to walk within dark tunnels, through explosive science labs, and into strange forests to explore beastly worlds unknown. The world release of The Monster Gasped, OMG! will be emceed by author Joe Meno and feature readings from up to 10 of these student-authors.

Each piece will provoke, tantalize, and surprise you….perhaps even make you gasp—or shout —"OMG!"

Free and open to the public. Complimentary high fives for all in attendance.

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