Our Mission: 826 Seattle is a nonprofit writing and tutoring center dedicated to helping youth, ages 6 to 18, improve their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write. At 826 Seattle, we believe significant learning happens with individual attention and that strong writing skills are essential for future success.

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Why the Salmon Need Trees by the River

A story from our Naturally Historic Fiction summer workshop, in which our students visited the Burke Museum: Long, long ago, when animals could talk, there was a river. It was a very healthy river and all the salmon came and went to the ocean and back to their hatching grounds along it. The...//more

Teri’s Update—August 2014

Yesterday, I was pawing through our refrigerator at 826 Seattle looking for milk for my coffee. I was having trouble finding the milk because we have no working light inside the refrigerator. Finally I found the milk and discovered it was sort of frozen in a slushy kind of way, even though, when...//more

Life Stories Over Pepperoni

(A story inspired by the life of Yonase’s senior citizen pen pal at University House Retirement Home) It was 7:00 on a winter evening in Seattle. It was raining as usual. I, Jim Ward, had ordered a pepperoni pizza. The pizza delivery boy, Yonase, who was 13, came to University house to...//more

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Maggie Helde

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It’s safe to say that we couldn’t have pulled off our fifteen ambitious summer workshops without the helpful hands of one of our youngest volunteers, Maggie Helde. A senior at Shorewood High School, Maggie is one of our most active participants in our high school writing workshops and a member of our Youth Advisory Board. Her passion for writing extends into the community as well, as she volunteers for Highland Terrace Elementary School’s NaNoWriMo club from September to February, and is the president of the Shorewood High School Writers' Society.

An incredibly talented writer herself, Maggie donated dozens of hours of her summer vacation to teaching kids to pen haikus, to think like Vikings, and to build shadow puppets, among many other things. Last spring, we published a chapbook of Maggie’s writings, and now, she’s already proposing new creative workshop ideas for this school year. Her indefatigable energy and enthusiasm for her own work and for sharing her gifts with younger writers is inspiring to students, staff, and volunteers alike. Thank you, Maggie, for being so awesome!

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