We offer a wide range of free evening and weekend workshops designed to foster creativity, strengthen writing skills, and provide students with a forum for executing projects they might not otherwise have the support to undertake. Workshops range from the playful to the practical, and all are taught by volunteer writers, artists, educators, and publishing professionals in our community.
Drop-in Writing is a perfect way to hone skills and do creative work outside the school setting. We welcome all students to 826michigan’s Drop-in Writing at the Ypsilanti District Libraries and at our headquarters in Ann Arbor. At Drop-in Writing, we experiment with writing prompts, get constructive feedback on poems, learn new techniques, discuss creative writing with other students, and have plenty of opportunities for students to publish, record, and perform their work!
826 is a popular destination for school field trips. Our signature field trip, Storytelling and Bookmaking, takes a fun and creative approach to writing, both independently and in groups. And at the end, each student departs with a professionally bound copy of the book he or she created. We offer this and other creative writing field trips for first, second, and fourth grade classrooms.
Every single day of the week, our volunteers are working in area classrooms in Ypsilanti, Detroit, and Ann Arbor, helping teachers where they need it most, with our In-school Residency Program. At a teacher’s behest, In-school volunteers work with students who are struggling, facilitate small groups, grade assignments, type up student work, and anything else the teacher requires. We also occasionally offer workshops and in-school editing sessions on an as-requested basis.
We are committed to making sure that our students have an outlet for the wonderful material they produce. To this end, we help them publish and distribute their work, be it in their own zine, in a specially produced book, or in another format. Additionally, we publish two professionally bound books each year – the 826michigan OMNIBUS, our annual student journal, and an in-school publication tied to one of our In-school Residencies – and a number of smaller chapbooks, zines, catalogs, and more. Most of our publications are available for sale in our store, the Liberty Street Robot Supply & Repair.