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826CHI Authors to Speak at American Writers Museum Ribbon Cutting

April 17th—

Gwendolyn Brooks, Carl Sandburg, Richard Wright, and 826CHI’s students—what do these have in common? They’re all part of Chicago’s literary legacy, and we’re elated to share that two of our own students will be participating in the historic ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new American Writers Museum on Monday, May 15th at 11am.

The museum, located at 180 N. Michigan Avenue, will be open to the public the following day, Tuesday, May 16th. For more information, please see the AWM website.

826CHI is Hiring!

April 15th—

Are you a team player with a passion for education and youth development through writing and publishing? 826CHI is looking to hire for three positions through AmeriCorps VISTA:

Volunteer Coordinator: Description // Application

Student Impact & Data Coordinator: Description // Application

Communications Coordinator:  Description // Application

Positions run from August 2017 to August 2018. Deadline to apply is Friday, June 9th. View the position description and application instructions on the AmeriCorps website (linked above). Questions? Email [email protected]

ChiTeen Lit Fest is Coming!

April 15th—

Are you a creative young adult interested in learning more about literary arts through interactive panels and workshops? ChiTeen Lit Fest is for you!

Learn about gender identity in writing, self-care through fiction, representation of people in color in comics, and much more. You can even participate in a session of 826CHI's LGBTQ workshop Write with Pride. Join the kick-off party on Friday, April 21st at Harold Washington Library and the festival on Saturday, April 22nd at Columbia College Chicago.

Click here for details.

Thank you, Tobi!

Thank you, Tobi!

April 13th—

Looking for a way to look fashionable and support young writers? The generous people at Tobi have made it easy. Shop for dresses, shoes, swimwear and more at our Tobi Cares page and a portion of each purchase goes to 826CHI.

And the Title Is . . .

April 11th—

Drumroll, please!

Our 2017 Young Authors Book Project, a collection of letters between the eighth graders of Emiliano Zapata Academy in Little Village and the sophomores of Amundsen High School in Andersonville will be called:

P.S. You Sound Like Someone I Can Trust

The title, borrowed lovingly from one of our student’s own letters, was selected by the staff of 826CHI by unanimous vote. Not only does the title convey the epistolary nature of this year’s publication, it also expresses the heartfelt and sincere connections these students—once strangers—formed with each other through writing.

Join us for the world release of this book (and witness the students meeting IRL for the first time) at Printers Row Lit Fest the afternoon of Saturday, June 10th!

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