Workshops are free for students in grades 1-12. Sign up for our Parents email list to receive advance information about registration. 

Applications closed on Thursday, June 1st, but we're still looking for a few teen writers for our High School Writers Camp and "And the Rest is Noise," our music journalism workshop.

For detailed information about some of the particulars of attending and registering for Workshops please click here.

Please note: Priority enrollment for Workshops will be reserved for students who live in the City of Chicago and are from low-income families and/or are English Language Learners. We ask that parents who enroll their children in the Workshops self-identify as low-income and/or have children who are ELL's.

And the Rest is Noise // Pitchfork Music Writing Workshop - Summer 2017

Do you live for music? Have you ever wanted to influence musical trends, interview artists, and share your opinions with all of Chicago? Join our FREE music writing workshop during this summer’s Pitchfork Music Festival! 

In this workshop we will: assemble a team of eight music-obsessed teens, learn about professional music journalism, interview artists at Pitchfork Music Festival, and write our own magazine covering every aspect of the festival scene, from the music to the fashion and culture. (Previous interview subjects have included Digable Planets, Danny Brown, Speedy Ortiz, and Chance the Rapper collaborator Peter CottonTale.)

By the end of the year, your work will be bound in a professionally-designed magazine and read by artists and music heads around the city. You’ll even get your own free copy to show off your work! (view last year's here:

This workshop takes place at 826CHI on Saturdays, 11am to 1pm, unless otherwise noted:

July 8 -- Music Writing Boot Camp
July 14/15 -- Pitchfork Music Festival (Saturday OR Sunday, noon-6pm @ Union Park, details to come following acceptance in the workshop)
July 22 -- Writing Workshop #1
July 29 -- Writing Workshop #2
August 5 -- Editing Workshop / Wrap-Up

The deadline to apply is Thursday, June 1st. If you have questions about this workshop, please email [email protected]. Thank you!

Apply here >>

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Five Sessions:
July 8, July 14/15 (TBD), July 22, July 29, and August 5

Time: 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Taught by: Leor Galil, a professional music writer for the Chicago Reader, as well as 826CHI's own staff

Limited to: There are EIGHT spots in this workshop, available to students entering 9-12th grade in the 2017-2018 school year.

Please Note: You must attend all FIVE sessions. All eight students will attend one day of Pitchfork Music Festival for FREE (with 826CHI supervision). A huge thanks to Pitchfork for providing us with these passes!

Word Lab / El laboratorio de palabras 2017

Word Lab is a creative writing and visual-arts themed summer camp for students entering grades 1-5. A typical day involves reading aloud, making art, writing stories, and playing language-based games. Word Lab students will practice auditory, oral, and written language skills through creating imaginary worlds, fantastic characters, and more! Art and creative writing will be collected in handmade portfolios to take home, and 826CHI will host an art show for families and supporters at the end of camp.
El laboratorio de palabras es un campamento de arte y la escritura creativa en el verano para los alumnos entrando los grados 1-5. Los alumnos practicarán sus habilidades lingüísticas auditivos, orales, y escritas a través de la creación de mundos fantásticos, edificios del futuro, el dibujo y diseño de robots, y más! Un día típico involucra leer en voz alta un libro con dibujos, escribir cuentos sobre el arte, y participar en juegos lingüísticos. El arte y la escritura creativa serán acumulados en una carpeta hecha a mano para traer a la casa al fin del campamento.

Register here >>

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Eight Sessions:
Monday-Thursday: July 10-July 20 2017 / Dos semanas, lunes-jueves: 10 de julio-20 de julio, 2017

Time: 1:00-4:00 pm

Taught by: Sarah Kokernot

Limited to: 15 students rising into grades 1-5 / Restringido a: 15 estudiantes en crecimiento a los grados 1-5

Please Note: Students must be able to attend all sessions. / Estudiantes deben asistir todos los sesiónes.

Eat Your Words // Middle School Writers Camp 2017

If you’re a Food Network fan, an enthusiastic home cook, or you just love eating and writing, this workshop is for you. Join a team of top chefs and other young food experts for a series of workshops developing both your writing skills and your taste buds. Over the course of two weeks, you’ll learn how to write food reviews, taste the best this city has to offer, and create writing that will be read by foodies and chefs all over Chicago.

Deadline to apply is 5pm on Thursday, June 1st, 2017.

Apply here >>

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Eight Sessions:
Monday-Thursday: July 24-August 3, 2017

Time: 1-4:00 p.m.

Taught by: 826CHI Staff and Volunteers

Limited to: 20 students entering grades 6-8

Please Note: Students must be able to attend all sessions.

High School Writers Camp 2017

Do you love to write? Want to spend two weeks writing with teens from all over the city, learning from a team of professional poets and writers? Join 826CHI’s High School Writers Camp at DePaul University this August. You’ll sample a variety of writing styles, find your voice, and think about what kind of writer you want to be! At the end of this camp, you’ll even have the opportunity to share your work with a live audience, and your creative work will be published in a professionally-designed book by 826CHI.

Deadline to apply is 5pm on Thursday, June 1st, 2017. Apply here >>

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Eight Sessions:
Monday-Thursday: August 7-August 17

Time: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Taught by: 826CHI Staff & Interns / DePaul University Professors

Limited to: 20 students entering grades 9-12

Please Note: Held at DePaul University’s Arts & Letters Building. Students must be able to attend all sessions.