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.

Volunteers: got a great idea for a workshop? Download a workshop proposal and send it on in! Want more information? Read our workshop guidelines.

February Break Workshop Series, Feb. 16 – 19.

For students ages 6-8:

Floating Islands, Hidden Worlds*
*workshop is full. Waitlist registration only.

Tuesday, February 16th, 1–3pm
Instructor: Nancy Butman.
The Dictionary of Imaginary Places is full of descriptions of fantastic places from literature — Wonderland, Never-Never Land and Oz. Create your own imaginary place and tell the tale of your adventures there. Leave with your own map!

Aliens and Elephants, Playgrounds and Castles

Wednesday, February 17th, 1–3pm
Instructor: 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.

For students ages 8-11:

Villainous Masterminds

Tuesday, February 16th, 10am–12pm
Instructors: Nicole Griffin and Erin E. Moulton.
What makes a reader engage with a villain? How can we make them come to life in our stories? The only way to find out is to step into his or her shoes.

Snapshot Stories

Thursday, February 18th, 10am–12pm
Instructor: Dan Boardman. Houseboat Press.
You have three pictures: a palm tree, a set of skis, and an empty photo frame. Can these photographs tell a story? Pull from our collection of printed photo- graphs, weave images into stories, and leave with your own bound book of photography and writing!


For students ages 11-14:

Cooking Up A Character

Thursday, February 18th, 1–3pm
Instructor: Jennifer Barnes and Sarah Casell.
All characters start as an idea. How do you cook one up? Create a character recipe and learn how to bake compelling characters into the center of your stories.

Wrong for the Right Reasons: Writing the Anti-Hero

Friday, February 19th, 10am–12pm
Instructor: Brad Babendir.
The best characters are the ones that do bad things- but still get love from the audience. Discover how to draw the bad out of good characters and the good out of the bad in our workshop.


For students 14+:

Myths for The Modern

Wednesday, February 17th, 10am–12pm
Instructor: Luke McKinnon.
Take this opportunity to put a modern spin on ancient myths. Have you ever wondered about the origin of Instagram? Or what really happens when you send
a text? Create your own creation myths and tell the untold story behind some of our greatest (and weird- est!) inventions.

How to Protect Your Digital Life…Sometimes

Friday, February 19th, 1–3pm
Instructor: Ralph Bouquet. NOVA Labs.
Do you trust the security of your text messages, Snapchats and web browser history? Do you know how much of your personal information is accessible to others online? Learn how to protect yourself in this workshop with NOVA’s Cybersecurity Lab!

Stop by the office at 3035 Washington St., Roxbury, MA to fill out a registration form, or call the office at 617.442.5400.

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.