Wee-bots – Writing and Playing and Writing at 826michigan

Each week, the youngest 826michigan writers meet to play and explore what writing can do. With stories that spark creativity and games that inspire students to write, the Wee-bots work in small groups—and with trusted volunteers—to bring imagination alive for these young writers.

Students experience the joy of writing however they are able, from the physical act to conversation-based brainstorming and development of new ideas.

About Wee-bots


Students ages 5-8


Saturdays in Ann Arbor and Detroit

Drop-in Program — After registration you’re welcome to attend on a drop-in basis as desired


Ann Arbor: 115 E. Liberty St., inside the Robot Supply Co

Detroit: 21200 Grand River Ave., inside the Detroit Public Library’s Redford branch & 5201 Woodward Ave., inside the DPL’s main branch

What To Expect

Each week, we read a book aloud and pay attention to one special thing the writer does (like using rhyme to have an impact on the reader, or how the writer shows a character’s feelings). Then, we work on activities inspired by that idea. Students brainstorm with volunteers and then do independent writing in whatever form and subject they choose!

Fall 2023 Wee-bots!

Ann Arbor Wee-bots

Saturdays, 10-11 a.m.
October 7 through December 16
for students ages 5-8

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

Detroit Wee-bots

Saturdays, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
October 7 through December 16
for students ages 5-8

at Detroit Public Library,
main branch
5201 Woodward Ave.
Detroit, MI 48202

Detroit Wee-bots

Saturdays, 1-2 p.m.
October 7 through December 16
for students ages 5-8

at Detroit Public Library,
Redford branch
21200 Grand River Ave.
Detroit, MI 48219

Ready to register? Great! Registration 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!

Writing is my memories. Writing is my bedtime story. Writing inspires my dreams.

William P.
Age 7
Excerpt from “Why Writing is Important To Me”

The Impact

Wee-bots allows students to stretch their voices as storytellers in a safe, creative, and supportive environment. Trying out new approaches to telling stories makes writing playful and fun so that reading and writing become an enjoyable, generative part of their learning journey. 

When young people have the freedom to try new things and have the choice in what direction they want to take creative projects, they are motivated to experiment, take ownership of their work, and stand in the confidence of their unique ideas.  

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