Our Programs

All 826michigan programs are offered at no charge whatsoever to our students and participating teachers. If you would like to support these free programs, please consider making a donation.

We offer one-on-one homework help to students ages 8 to 18 Monday through Thursday at two locations: from 3:30 to 5:30pm at our Ann Arbor headquarters and from 6:00 to 8:00pm at beezy’s cafe in Ypsilanti. Tutors are available at either lab and ready to help students with homework in any subject, English language learning, and writing assignments.

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 our headquarters in Ann Arbor and libraries in Ypsilanti and Detroit. 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 staff and volunteers are working in area classrooms in Ypsilanti, Detroit, and Ann Arbor, helping support the writing teachers are doing with their students. Every in-school project is developed in collaboration with our partner teachers in order to best to supplement the writing curriculum. These projects can be lead by the teachers with volunteers providing additional support or lead by our staff and volunteers (or a combination of these!). Most in-school projects result in a final product, most often a small publication.

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.

Liberty Street Robot
Supply & Repair
115 East Liberty Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734) 761-3463
Detroit Robot Factory
1351 Winder
Detroit, MI 48207
(313) 818-0255