The Brightest Spot

September 21, 2005 | 826 Blog Post

The results are in! It’s official! Kids love tutoring at least as much as we do!

This from nine-year-old superstar 826 student Maggie:

Hi Everybody!

Thank you thank you thank you for letting me come in yesterday! I had a
blast and got some great new ideas for “The Bicycle Girl.” Thank you so
much for the shirt, I am wearing it to school today! I can’t wait to see
you next Monday and show you what I have got so far.


Maggie has decided to turn the short story “The Bicycle Girl” into a story
cycle based on the marvelous help she got Monday from John and Michelle.
She’ll be reading the piece at Radio 826 on October 12 at Crazy Wisdom.

Tutoring has become the brightest spot in all of our days. Many, many
thanks to the magnificent tutors we have had the great joy of working
with, and many, many more thanks to all the incredible kids who have been
inspiring us on these lovely, late-afternoon fall days! Our hearts swell
when we think of you. Seriously, they do. If it continues, we may have
to seek medical attention.


826 Fall Fundraiser: “Monsters’ Ball” featuring Elizabeth Kostova and Julie Orringer!
Saturday, October 29, 8pm.
Greenhills School’s Campbell Center for the Performing Arts
850 Greenhills Drive, Ann Arbor

Bestselling authors Julie Orringer (How to Breathe Underwater) and Elizabeth Kostova (The Historian) will read their fiction. The reading starts at 8pm, and will be followed by Q&A. This event will also feature video clips of 826 students reading their fiction at “Radio 826” (see October 12).

Participants are invited to come at 7pm for music and drinks and desserts served by ghouls, goblins, and both dead and undead literary figures. The general public is invited to dress accordingly.

Ticket prices for this event are $10/students, and a sliding-scale $25 to $50 for adults. To reserve your space, e-mail Amy at or call 734.761.3463. Seating is limited, so don’t procrastinate!

Furthermore, adult writing seminars will be offered that afternoon as an additional fundraising venture. Julie Orringer’s “Where Good Stories Come From” workshop will be offered for short-story writers. Novelist Barbara Shoup will present “Novel Ideas,” an intensive, day-long exploration of the novel.

If you want to help with the fundraiser or attend any of the activities, e-mail Amy at and let her know.

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