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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Zombie Fungus Song

(Written during Songwriting Club on Oct. 29, 2014) Our students and tutors worked together to pen this super creepy tune. Happy Halloween! It’s a fungus that is scarier than a snake. Takes control and puts the fungus in your brain. It only wants to spread the fungus and...//more

Tabletop Moviemaking: Mystery of the Missing Millionaire

(This video is from the Oct. 11 & Oct. 18, 2014 Tabletop Moviemaking workshop.) We love putting creativity to the test during our Tabletop Moviemaking workshops. Tabletop Moviemaking is a two-session workshop where small teams of students work together to write a story, build scenes and...//more

Stop & Jot: Whale Escape, by Bethel

{ Stop & Jot prompt, Oct. 20, 2014 } Whale Escape: Imagine you are an orca whale. Humans have just captured you to take you to SeaWorld. How do you escape and return to the wild? photo: Flickr/bohemiandolls First of all, I wouldn't escape. I mean, what's better than getting...//more

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Barry Abrahamsen

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To celebrate one of our most out-of-this-world volunteers, we're taking a trip back in time.  That's Barry Abrahamsen above, when he was just a little pumpkin.

He says he's kept the same hairdo his whole life, and he still wears it today when he's talking up 826 Seattle to all the new and old visitors at the Greenwood Space Supply Travel Supply Company––a perfect place for a guy who loves to travel. He was born in New York, but has lived in Norway, England and New Zealand (not to mention Seattle).  When he's not at 826 Seattle, he's busy with his three sons, his daughter, and his newest grandchild (his third!).

If you've volunteered with Barry, you know how passionate he is about our students. Not only does he help in the store, he is one of our field trip volunteers as well. We think he must have had a lot of practice telling stories as a father and grandfather, as he is great with our younger field trip students. Barry also does an excellent job educating all store visitors about all of our programs here at 826 Seattle, and encouraging them to join us as a volunteer. Drop in and say hey to Barry in the Space Travel Supply Company on Fridays between noon and 3 p.m.!

826 Seattle is a chapter of 826 National.

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