About 826

Working with like-minded, community-focused Seattleites, Teri Hein started 826 Seattle, originally incorporated as Studio 26, in 2004. In early 2005, Studio 26 was invited to become a Seattle chapter of 826 National, the brainchild of acclaimed author and philanthropist Dave Eggers (A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius).

About 826

826 Seattle began offering drop-in tutoring after school in October 2005. Shortly thereafter, we added evening and weekend writing workshops. In December 2005, we welcomed the first field trip to 826 Seattle by a public school class (a shout out to Ms. Dunker’s fifth graders from Greenwood Elementary!).

Because of the continued support and generosity of our community, all our programs for public school students are free.

Our mission

826 Seattle is a nonprofit writing and tutoring center dedicated to helping youth, ages six to 18, improve their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write. Our services are structured around our belief that great leaps in learning can happen with one-on-one attention and that strong writing skills are fundamental to future success.

826 National

826 Seattle is one of eight 826 National chapters. The original, 826 Valencia, is located in San Francisco’s Mission District at 826 Valencia Street.

“I’m a volunteer because, like all good writing, 826 Seattle is all about serious play.”

- Jared, 826 Seattle Volunteer