Registration is now open for February 2020 workshop offerings. Full descriptions are available below. Please note: All workshops will begin and end at our Center in Egleston Square at 3035 Washington Street in Roxbury.


Spaghetti Skyscrapers and Lasagna Lodges
Grades 1 – 2
10 AM – 12 PM
Buildings are designed to be sturdy, but they’re also designed to tell stories. In this hands-on workshop, you’ll create blueprints of your own pasta paradises and bring them to life with noodle bricks and marshmallow mortar. You’ll work with Dave from 826 to think like an architect to make your buildings as strong as they can be and like a writer to tell the stories of your creations.

From Paint to Page: Storytelling at the PEM
Grades 6 – 8
8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Immerse yourself in the art of America’s best-known black painter on this full-day storytelling field trip to the Peabody Essex Museum! You’ll travel through time with a tour and write your own stories inspired by the new exhibit Jacob Lawrence: The American Struggle. This workshop will celebrate Black History Month and all students will leave with a bound copy of the story they write together.

Surviving College 101 at Northeastern University
Grades 11 – 12
1 PM – 3 PM
Adjusting to college life can be tough. Before you hit the dorms, master some tips and tricks to help ease your transition from high school to college. In this seminar led by Emma from 826 Boston, you’ll leave equipped with all the essential tools to help you conquer your first college assignments, as well as a roadmap for navigating the tricky world of roommates, meal plans, and keeping your cool after high school.
Note: this workshop will be held in the 826 Boston Writers’ Room on Northeastern University’s campus. The address is Holmes Hall, 41 Leon Street, Room 422. Students will need to arrange transportation to and from the workshop.


Picture This: Pet Stories 
Grades 1 – 2
10 AM – 12 PM
Join children’s book author Leslie Martini to learn how to create a picture book starring your (real or imaginary) pet. From puppies to hippos, your furry friends will take center stage on the page!

Me…a Villain? 
Grades 3 – 5
1 PM – 3 PM
Are you as innocent as you seem? In this deliciously wicked workshop, you’ll wreak writing havoc by drawing inspiration from the villains you love to hate! You’ll create an evil alter ago and write a story from the perspective of a misunderstood mischief-maker.


Polar Extremes! Climate Conversations at NOVA Science Studios (*Field Trip*)
Grades 5 – 6
11 AM – 4 PM
The climate is changing and it’s up to you to start the conversation! On this full day field trip to NOVA Science Studios, you’ll get behind-the-scenes access to the new film Polar Extremes: Antarctica and a backstage pass to WGBH’s new Polar Lab. After hearing from the filmmakers and scientists behind the movie, you’ll put on your reporters’ hats and help spread the word about climate change.

Snoop for the Scoop: Journalism Dos and Dont’s
Grades 3 – 4
10 AM – 12 PM
What’s the scoop? In this journalism workshop, Molly from 826 Boston will show you how to get to the bottom of a story through partner interviews. You’ll leave with a written profile of a friend— and one about you, too!


What’s in Your Tool Box? Warm Up Your Writing Wheels!
Grades 6 – 8
10 AM – 12 PM
Storytellers, start your engines! Writer Candace McDuffie is excited to get your wheels turning and stories churning in this workshop that’s all about YOU—your voice, your ideas, and the tools you already possess to bring your stories to life. With the help of prompt generators like pictures, music, and even your own memories, you’ll leave inspired, intrigued, and ready to write.

I Write, Therefore I Lead: The Power of Poetry
Grades 7 – 8
1 PM – 3 PM
When it comes to writing about subjects as complicated as love, friendship, tragedy, and loss, you can count on poetry to be up to the task. Local poet Harry Harding will show you how to get gutsy by crafting your own courageous poems and exploring the relationship between writing and leadership.

You can register for February workshops right here. Questions? Call 617-942-2036 or email Shannon.

826 Boston’s Creative Writing Workshops provide fuel for the imagination. Our class offerings have ranged 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.