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 Ypsilanti

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 shop.

Ypsilanti: 5577 Whittaker Rd., inside the Ypsilanti District Library’s Whittaker 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!

Summer 2024 Wee-bots!

Ann Arbor Wee-bots

July 13 through Aug. 17
for students ages 5-8

10-11 a.m.
at 826michigan
115 E. Liberty St.
Ann Arbor, MI

Ypsilanti Wee-bots

July 13 through Aug. 17
for students ages 5-8

12-1 p.m.
at Ypsilanti District Library, Whittaker branch
5577 Whittaker Rd.
Ypsilanti, MI 48197

Ready to register? Great! Registration is simple!

Please take note of program age requirements and ensure that the day and time works for your family!

  1. If you are attending Wee-bots for the first time, please fill out a registration form for each student by clicking the button below. Note: Returning families do not need to fill out a new registration form. Simply email your instructor and let them know you’re coming. (Ann Arbor & Ypsilanti: Alex@826michigan.org, Detroit: Paige@826michigan.org)
  2. 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.)
  3. 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!

Note: Returning families, you do not need to fill out a new registration form.
Simply email your instructor and let them know you’re coming!

Ann Arbor & Ypsilanti: Alex@826michigan.org   |    Detroit: Paige@826michigan.org

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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