After-school Writing Lab at 826michigan

A FREE weekly program for students to explore their creativity through writing. 

A weekly writing program for students in elementary and middle school. Students work in small groups with peers and adult volunteers to brainstorm, write, revise, share, and publish original writing. Weekly commitment and program registration is required.

About After-school Writing Lab


Students age


During regular school year
October – April
Register in: December/January


At 826michigan in Downtown Ann Arbor (115 E. Liberty Street)

NOTE: Our After-school Writing Lab program is offered in person at our main location in downtown Ann Arbor. After registration, you will receive a confirmation email with additional details. Please allow at least four business days for your registration to process.

What to Expect

Students work in small groups with volunteers in a safe and supportive environment for writing. Through collaborative writing exercises and time for individual writing projects, students draft an original story for publication at the end of the semester.

Featured Publication

A Tiptoe From the Shadows

In the summer of 2021, our fearless and friendly group of writers and volunteers embarked on an 8-week virtual journey together. Each writer composed their own story with feeling, description, an interesting setting, and unique characters. We also wrote a story all together.

“Walking down the park path covered with orange and red leaves, the trees sang their quiet song of the brisk autumn air.”

Josiah A. 
Age: 12 Excerpt from “Drip,” OMNIBUS 12
Written during 826michigan Schoolwork Support

Help Us Sustain Free and Accessible After-school Writing Labs:

After-school Writing Lab Registration Form

Winter 2023 After-school Writing Lab registration is now open. Please read through the details on this page before registering your student to ensure that this program option meets your goals.

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