826 Boston’s Creative Writing Workshops provide fuel for the imagination. Our class offerings range from sock puppet theater and slam poetry, to sports writing and restaurant reviewing. Ensure your students’ writing skills stay sharp during February and April break by checking out our upcoming course offerings—there’s a little something for everyone, at every age. Registration is open! You can sign up online, call the center, or stop by to fill out a registration form. Click here for a complete list of programs.

Registration is open! Please call the center or stop by to fill out a registration form. A fully re-fundable deposit is all that you need to sign up for a program. After the workshop is over, all deposits will be returned.

Tuesday, April 19th

Practical Magic I*
10am–12pm
Ages 14+. Instructor: Matt Purdy.
Fantasies let us escape from what is normal by traveling to other worlds or by imagining something magical in our own. In this workshop, we will learn how to write fantasy stories and myths that turn everyday life upside down!
*Part 1 of 2. Workshop continues on Wed. April 20th at 10AM.

 

Live! From Egleston Square…
1–3pm
Ages 11-14. Instructor: Emily Hauptman.
Think you’re funny? Prove it! Come explore the world of comedy writing and learn to brainstorm, write, workshop and finally PERFORM your own hilarious sketch!

 

Wednesday, April 20th

Practical Magic II*
10am–12pm
Ages 14+. Instructor: Matt Purdy.

Fantasies let us escape from what is normal by traveling to other worlds or by imagining something magical in our own. In this workshop, we will learn how to write fantasy stories and myths that turn everyday life upside down!
*Part 2 of 2. Workshop begins on Tues. April 19th at 10AM.

Detectives and Dead Bodies
1–3pm
Ages 8-11. Instructor: Sarah Kiley.
Come dust for finger prints and use your detective skills to help us solve a mystery! Write your own whodunnit while learning about real-life, crime-solving skills!

Thursday, April 21st

Write It. Tell It. Slam It.
10am–12pm
Ages 14+. Instructor: Norah Dooley.
Knowing how to tell a good story is a powerful key to  success. Take a memory and develop an oral narrative  through fun verbal and physical exercises. Everybody has a story. You lived it, so tell it!

What the Heck is a Poem, Anyways?
1–3pm
Ages 11-14. Instructor: Kieran Collier.
If you’ve learned about poetry, you’ve learned what it is and isn’t supposed to look like. In this workshop we’ll break down what “makes” a poem and create our own that breaks the rules, that walks on its own five feet!

Friday, April 22nd*

Maps and Dragons: Illustrating your Fantasy Story
10am–12pm
Ages 8-11. Instructor: Richard Wheelock.
Here there be storytellers! Fantasy stories bring the impossible to life. In this workshop, we’ll explore your  fantasy worlds by creating magical illustrations to go along with your stories.

Aliens and Elephants, Playgrounds and Castles
1–3pm
Ages 6-8. Instructors: Helen Campion and Alicia Potter.
Here’s your chance to create new characters and places that people have never heard of before. Leave this workshop with characters and settings that are bound to catch the imagination of all readers.

Fieldtrip! Giant Graffiti Poems
Ages 11-14. 10am-2pm.
Come with us to the Rose Kennedy Greenway to learn about their great outdoor art exhibits! We will return to 826 Boston in the afternoon to create short stories or poems inspired by what we saw. Lunch from the Greenway food-trucks will be provided! Workshop will take place rain or shine. Please wear comfortable walking shoes and dress appropriately for the weather (bring an umbrella if rain is predicted).

Registration is  open for April workshops! Please call or stop by the office to fill out a registration form.

Since we have limited space in our workshops, we request a fully refundable deposit per student ($20 for students under 12 years old and $10 for students 12 and over). We return your deposit after the student attends all sessions of the workshop. No student will be refused access for inability to leave a deposit. If you are unable to leave a deposit, please indicate that on the registration form by checking the appropriate box.