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June 16, 2020

826CHI's Free Summer Writing Programs Are Back!

‍826CHI's tuition-free writing programs are back for Summer 2020! Never been able to make it to our space? You can join us now as all of our programs will be virtual. We'll be offering a variety of programs for young writers beginning in July 2020.

A Glorious, Poetic Rage: Teen Writing Workshop - Summer 2020

Do you love writing? At 826CHI, we believe that the power of writing comes from community. We have all endured many changes so far in 2020 and writing is a way that we can make sense of this vastly changing world. As a group of writers, we will be exploring and responding to the events that have occurred this year and the art that has been healing us through this challenging time: visual art, music, video, writing, etc. and will be interviewing artists who have been leading our cultural moment.

By the end of the year, your work will be published and read by people all over the city. You’ll even get your own free copy to show off your work! This workshop is available to students entering 9-12th grade in the 2020-2021 school year. 

Monday -Thursday: July 13-July 23 2020

Time: 11am-1 pm, unless otherwise noted. 

Format: The workshop will be conducted via Google Classroom and students will meet virtually on Google Meet. Links will be provided in an acceptance email. 

Limited to: 12 students entering grades 9-12

This workshop will be led by Kyla Pollard, teaching artist and former 826CHI Teen Writer's Studio student.

Learn more & register by 5pm on Monday, July 6th, 2020.


Eat Your Words - Middle School Writers Camp 2020

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 a week, 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.

Monday-Thursday: July 27-Aug 6, 2020

Time: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Format: The workshop will be conducted via Google Classroom and students will meet virtually on Google Meet. Links will be provided in an acceptance email. 

Taught by: Nohemi Rosales & Theodora Kuhn

Limited to: 20 students entering grades 6-8

Students must be able to attend all sessions.

Learn more and register by 5pm on Monday, July 13th, 2020.


Word Lab 2020 - Elementary School Writers Camp 2020

Word Lab is a creative writing and visual & performing 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! A typical day involves reading aloud a picture book, asking questions, learning basic watercolor techniques, sharing artwork, writing stories inspired by artwork and playing games.

Monday-Thursday: August 10-August 13 2020

Time: 3:00 pm-4:30 pm

Format: The workshop will be conducted via Zoom and students will meet virtually on Google Meet. Links will be provided in an acceptance email. 

Taught by: Alejandra Zavala 

Limited to: 15 students entering grades 1-5

Students must be able to attend all sessions.

Learn more & register by 5pm on August 1st, 2020.

We look forward to spending the summer with you!