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.


We now offer creative writing workshops in multiple spaces in southeast Michigan — in our writing lab on Liberty Street in downtown Ann Arbor, our writing lab on Winder Street in Detroit’s Eastern Market, and in many community partner spaces like the Ypsilanti District Library.

All workshops and events are drop-in: no pre-registration required! 

Click here for our current schedule!



Writers Club is a special and rewarding six-session writing project. In this program, we create a supportive community of writers, where students work with the same volunteer in small groups of writers each week. Volunteers connect with students as they write, edit, and publish their own stories about whatever is important to them, with topics ranging from the silly to the serious. Stories can be composed and shared through a variety of genres including in print, video, or comics.

At either program site, students can choose to come each one day a week or both days. We ask students plan to join us for the duration of the program, so they can experience the entire writing and publishing process.

Writers Clubs are being scheduled as you read this!
Come back soon for details!

For more information on Writers Clubs, contact Megan Gilson at



Drop-in Writing for Wee-bots!
826michigan writing lab on Liberty Street
Wednesdays: 6-7pm
October 2-December 18
Ages 6-10+

Drop-in Writing is an opportunity for writers to come together and work on fun, informal writing activities. Each session is unique and stand-alone. Staff and volunteers read books, discuss different aspects of narrative, and lead writing exercises. Students are invited to come whenever they can. 

For more information on Drop-in Writing for Wee-bots, contact Katelyn Durst at



Sleuth Stories: Youth Mystery Writing 
Ypsilanti District Library on Whittaker Road
Saturday, November 2 – noon-1:30pm
Ages: 6-18

Detailed description to come soon! For now, we invite you to save the date!

Poets Break the Rules: Youth Poetry Workshop 
Ypsilanti District Library on Whittaker Road
Saturday, Dec. 7, 1-2:30pm
Ages: 6-18

Detailed description to come soon! For now, we invite you to save the date!


826michigan is offering several open-to-the-public Family Writing Labs this fall! Join us for a variety of stations–making wacky restaurant menus, creating your own puppet show, for example–sure to inspire the whole family. Then, share your work at our open mic and/or bind your family’s writing into a book you can take home. Oh, and there will also be pizza!

Family Writing Lab Schedule to be released soon! Stay tuned!

For more information on Family Writing Labs, contact David Hutcheson at

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