After-school Writing Labs

FREE weekly programs for students to explore their creativity through writing. 

Weekly writing programs 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 826michigan’s After-school Writing Labs


Students ages
8-14 in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti, students ages 11-17 in Detroit


October – April


At 826michigan in Downtown Ann Arbor (115 E. Liberty Street), at Ypsilanti District Library, Superior Branch (1900 N. Harris Rd.), and at 27th Letter Books in Detroit (3546 Michigan Ave.)

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.

Fall 2023 After-school Writing Labs:

Ann Arbor​ After-school Writing Lab

**currently full**

Wednesdays, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
October 4 through December 13
for students ages 8-14

at 826michigan
115 E. Liberty St.
Ann Arbor, MI

Detroit​ After-school Writing Lab

Days, time, and location TBD
for students ages 11-17

Ypsilanti​ After-school Writing Lab

Mondays, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
October 2 through December 11
for students ages 8-14

at Ypsilanti District Library,
Superior branch
1900 N. Harris Rd.
Superior Charter Twp., MI 48198

Ready to register? Great! The registration process is simple!

  1. Read through the program flier below, and determine which programs are right for your student(s). Please take note of program age requirements and ensure that the day and time works for your family!
  2.  Fill out the Fall Program Registration Form by clicking the button below.
  3.  You will receive a copy of your registration form via email. (If you do not receive this email, the registration was not completed. Please return to the form and make sure you fill it out completely.)
  4.  A program staffer will get back to you with more information within one week. In the meantime, get excited! Our programs are AMAZING, and your family is going to have a fantastic experience. Hooray!

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

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