High School Programs


Hi, High Schooler! (If you’re not a high schooler, you’re free to stick around. But this is the part of the website where we let the high schoolers know about special stuff that only they can be a part of.)

826CHI offers a range of entirely free programming for high school students. Whether your aim is to write rhymes like Jay Z or to be the next Junot Diaz or Sandra Cisneros or to polish off those college application essays, we’ve got a program for you. Click on the links below to find out more!

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Teen Writers Studio (formerly Youth Advisory Board)

826CHI’s Teen Writers Studio (or “TWS") is a year-long creative writing workshop that connects high school students to fellow writers, including peers and older professionals in the field. It's open to anyone in 9th-12th grade and welcomes youth from all over the city. TWS members meet twice a month to write together, talk about writing, and produce a literary chapbook. If you’re into any of the above, this space is for you.

Interested in joining TWS? The application for the 2016-2017 school year is now open and can be found here. The deadline for submission is Monday, August 29th at 5PM. If you have questions, please get in touch with Tracy at tracy@826chi.org.


We believe you have important things to say. Entertaining, sweet, harsh, thought-provoking, and unique -- your words are powerful. And we’d like to read more of them. 826CHI is here to support you as you develop your writing skills at all levels. Not only that, we are committed to sharing your work with a larger audience.

There are sackloads of ways to get your work in print. Student writing is published year-round in pocket-sized chapbooks as part of our Tutoring and Workshops programs. Have you written something outstanding that you’d like to share with the world at-large? Submit your work to our library worthy anthology, The 826CHI Compendium.


826CHI offers a variety of workshops designed specifically for high school students. Past topics have included things like photography and writing, hip-hop, radio plays, memoirs, ACT prep, and college application essays. New topics are featured every two to three months. All of our workshops are led by talented volunteers — including published authors, editors, educators, playwrights, actors, journalists, and artists — and feature small class sizes to ensure you get quality instruction on your project.  Click here for a list of our current high school workshop offerings. Can’t find what you’re looking for?

Email your topic or genre suggestion to Kendra@826chi.org.