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Summer Programming

June 2nd—

We have an exciting summer ahead, chock-full of creative writing Camps and Workshops! Please note that registration has closed and all programs are full and fully waitlisted, with the exception of:

>> What We Tweet About When We Tweet About Love (for rising 9-12 graders)
>> Your Family Coat of Arms (for rising 3-6 graders)

If you have any questions about your child's registration status, please call 773-772-8108.

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Prologue: A Cocktail Party of Literary Proportions

June 2nd—

THIS FRIDAY: A fantastic view of Lake Michigan. Luxe raffle prize packages. Delicious hors d'oeuvres. Open bar and signature cocktails ("Lime and Punishment"!). Best-selling author Elizabeth Berg. Readings from our esteemed student-authors. AND, an appearance from one of Chicago's literary legends.

All this and more awaits at Prologue, the 826CHI Associate Board's cocktail party of literary proportions. Now is the time to secure your ticket—and help write the future for Chicago's youth.

CLICK HERE to purchase a ticket today!

When: Friday, June 5th, 7-10pm
Where: The Cliff Dwellers Club, 200 S Michigan Ave, Floor 22
Tickets: $85 regular, $125 VIP
More info:

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Chapbook Release Recap

June 1st—

Thank you to each of the families, volunteers, students, and friends who cheered our young authors on last Thursday! An especially huge thanks to intern Kayla Schwalbe for managing the book's production and designing the layout, Miden Wood for illustrating the cover, and Mike Hernandez for penning a beautiful, inspiring foreword.

The ‪release of our spring chapbook, Everything You Ever Imagined Was There​ was a huge success, as was the ferocious tutor/student game of Red Light/Green Light that followed. For more stories about tutor-crushes, sinister pigeons, and time-traveling former presidents, pick up your copy of the book in the Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply Co. for just $5.

Check out dozens of event photos here!

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Together in Flames: A Literary Extravaganza

May 21st—

On Monday, June 8th, 826CHI will celebrate the student-authors of Around That Age, I Liked To Play With Fire at a school-wide literary extravaganza at Curie Metro High School. These talented young authors will read alongside other bold voices from Louder Than A Bomb, Poetry Out Loud, CPS Shakespeare, and the Curie English Department's Students of the Month. 

Families, caregivers, student-writers, community members, and 826CHI volunteers are all welcome to attend—please RSVP on the volunteer calendar. Immediately following the reading, please join us in the courtyard for a reception to celebrate each of these young authors.

Curie Metro HS Auditorium, 1st floor
12:05 - 1:55pm

Curie Metro HS Courtyard, 1st floor
1:55 - 2:45pm

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826CHI’s Educator Workshop at Printers Row

May 18th—

826CHI Presents: Behind the Book: Around That Age, I Liked to Play with Fire

Join 826CHI for a one-hour workshop offering a behind-the-scenes look at the making of an anthology of personal narratives with 10th grade high school students from Curie Metropolitan High School. This year-long project challenged young writers to identify a moment of change and transformation, and culminated in an anthology of 111 personal stories that were revised and edited with a team of volunteers. In this workshop, we’ll start with a personal narrative writing exercise, talk about the writing process in this project, read passages from the book, and explore the big-picture challenges and joys of writing personal narratives with young people. This is recommended for educators and anyone interested in the teaching of writing and book publishing.

When: Saturday, June 6th, 2:15-3:15pm
Where: Jones College Prep, in room 5038

Free and open to the public!

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