Drop-in Writing

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!


During the 2020-21 academic year, all 826michigan workshops will take place over distance and in virtual spaces. You can see our current offerings below!

Creative Writing Workshops with 826michigan

826michigan offers a wide range of writing workshops designed to foster creativity, strengthen writing skills, and provide students with a forum for executing creative projects they might not otherwise have the support to undertake. Workshops are structured around 826michigan’s core values of writing as a means to understand, to connect, and to use power to build a better world. All workshops are designed and taught by 826michigan staff, volunteer writers, artists, educators, and publishing professionals in our community, and can be adapted for various age-levels, group sizes, number of sessions, and length of sessions.

Workshops are offered via Zoom or Google Meet, and may be accompanied by a Google Classroom hub for the project.

Our permission form is crucial for all students to participate in online programs! We ask that you again complete a version of our consent form for the new school year! You can access the consent form here and complete it online:

In English: https://www.tfaforms.com/4848564

In Spanish: https://www.tfaforms.com/4851006

In Arabic: https://www.tfaforms.com/4852794

Contact Education Director Catherine Calabro Cavin (catherine@826michigan.org) with questions! If you have completed this form before September 2020, we do ask that you complete it again for the 2020-2021 school year.

Writing for Wee-bots (Early Elementary Writers and Up!)

Register here! Come as often as you like, whenever you like!

Ages: 5-10 Wednesdays: October 7 – December 9, 6-7pm

(No session November 25 for Thanksgiving break!)

While our robot storefronts are closed, we’re excited to connect with our youngest writers online! Our time together will still be dedicated to the exploration of writing as a community. Each week we’ll read a book (over Zoom!) and practice one tool or approach to writing that the author uses in the story. All ability levels are invited to these fun, informal sessions where we play around with writing — from the physical act of actually writing to the creative ideas involved!

Contact catherine@826michigan.org with questions.


Write Now Writing Kits (Click to sign-up!)

Hard copy or digital writing kits covering a range of topics and writing projects, delivered to your family to write all summer long, anytime!


YpsiWrites Writing Activities (Click to see the YDL website!)

Three writing activities a week that can be done anytime, anywhere! These activities accompany the Ypsilanti District Library’s summer learning themes of Garden-to-Table, Around the World, and STEAM. Check out YpsiWrites.com for even more writing activities for writers of all ages!

Writing for Wee-bots (Click here to sign-up!)

Ages: 5-10

Wednesdays: July 8-August 13


A weekly storytime program—join whenever you can make it!—through which early writers read a story together and practice one aspect of the author’s work in our own writing. 


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