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May 2, 2019

Registration for 826CHI's Summer 2019 Programs is Now Open!

826CHI's tuition-free writing programs are back for Summer 2019! We'll be offering a variety of programs for young writers beginning grades 1-12 in the Fall 2019.

Please note: All of our programs are tuition-free, but a $40 deposit is required at registration and will be returned at the completion of the camp. Additionally,  have a priority enrollment policy that states we serve CPS students in under-resourced schools, families that identify as low-income, and students that are English Language Learners.

Pitchfork Music Writing Workshop

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 published and read by artists and music heads around the city. You’ll even get your own free copy to show off your work!

This workshop will be led by 826CHI's own staff.

This workshop is a two week program Monday -Thursday, 10am to 3pm, unless otherwise noted:
July 15 - July 18 -- Music Writing Boot Camp
July 19/20/21 -- Pitchfork Music Festival (Friday OR Saturday OR Sunday, noon-6pm @ Union Park, details to come following acceptance in the workshop)
July 22 - July 25 -- Writing Workshops

This workshop is limited to students entering grades 9-12.

Students must be able to attend all sessions.

Learn more & register by 5pm on Monday, July 1st, 2019.

Eat Your Words - Middle School Writers Camp

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 22-July 25, 2019
Time: 10:00 am - 4:00 p.m.
Taught by: 826CHI Staff and Volunteers
Limited to: 20 students entering grades 6-8

Students must be able to attend all sessions.

Learn more & register by 5pm on Monday, July 1st, 2019.

Word Lab

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: July 15-July 18 2019
Time: 10:00 am -4:00 pm
Taught by: Gerardo Galan & Natasha Mijares
Limited to: 15 students rising into grades 1-5

Students must be able to attend all sessions.

Learn more & register by 5pm on Monday, July 1st, 2019.