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826 Day!

August 20th—

We’re celebrating our favorite holiday—826 Day—next Wednesday (8/26) and are encouraging our supporters to write haikus about their 826 experiences!

THE CATCH: Not just any haiku— an “8-ku-6”. That is, a poem in which the first line is eight syllables, second line two, and the final line six:

when a student is reluctant
then writes
a complete masterpiece

Write about anything 826-related— your favorite 826 memory, student interaction, piece of writing, [REDACTED], whatever! When you’ve crafted your 8-ku-6, please post it on Facebook and tag 826CHI, tweet it at us (@826CHI), or tag us in your Instagram post! (@826CHI). Don’t forget to includeo our two hashtags: #8ku6 and #826on826.

See you on the Internet, friends!

We’re Hiring!

August 17th—

826CHI is hiring a Director of Development! We're seeking an experienced, dynamic, and highly-organized individual to join our growing team.

As the leader of 826CHI’s fundraising program, the Director of Development is responsible for spearheading significant growth with individual donors, corporate sponsorships, events, and special campaigns to support the mission of 826CHI. The Director of Development works in partnership with the Executive Director and Board of Directors to build strategy for long-term financial sustainability.

Interested? Apply here today. Know someone? Spread the word!

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Fall Workshop Registration Open

August 16th—

If your child intersted in practicing food writing, exploring the vampire fantasy genre, crafting non-linear narratives, learning all about the hero's journey, designing stop-motion claymation/Lego stories, or receiving individualized attention on their college entrance essays?

Consider registering for one or two of our Weekend Workshops! Registration closes Friday, September 4th. Learn more here >>

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Field Trip Registration Open

August 12th—

ATTN: Educators—

Registration for our 2015-2016 Field Trip program is now open! Bring your students to 826CHI for a morning of playful, collaborative, and empowering creative writing lessons. More here >> 

Video Footage - Students’ Pitchfork Interviews

August 6th—

BEHOLD! Exclusive Chicago Reader footage of our Teen Press Corps interviewing Parquet Courts, Jimmy Whispers, and Protomartyr, Single Mothers, MOURN, Kittyhawk, and Donnie Trumpet & the Social Experiment at Pitchfork Music Festival!

Saturday's video >>
Sunday's video >>

HUGE thanks to Reader staff writer and 826CHI volunteer Leor Galil for coordinating the interviews and teaching our students about the art of music writing, and to Chris Buddy for following us around with a camera all weekend. 

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