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826NYC hosts classes across New York City for Write Together: an interactive writing experience that encourages creative expression, explore the elements of storytelling and strengthens writing skills. Elementary and middle school classes collaborate on illustrated children’s books, middle schoolers can choose their own adventure with multi-ending stories, and high schoolers learn the art of memoir writing during a fast-paced and whimsical 90-minute narrative program.
The Write Together program is now available as either a virtual workshop, where we bring the magic and excitement of storytelling right to your classroom, OR an in-person field trip in our secret library!
Classes participating in the Storytelling & Bookmaking virtual field trip will receive an 826NYC Publication Kit in advance of your field trip, to take your students’ stories from the screen right into their hands. Classes participating in in-person field trips will leave with their own copies of their hot-off-the-presses stories.
Fill out the application form above with your preferred format and we’ll reach out regarding scheduling.
Virtual Program Fees: In the 2021-2022 school year, Write Together virtual trips will be $100 for Title I schools, and $250 for all other schools.
**A limited number of scholarships for virtual field trips are available for Title I schools. If you’re interested in receiving a scholarship, please indicate this on the form or email email@example.com.
**All schools can book 4 virtual field trips for the price of 3!
In-Person Program Fees: In the 2021-2022 school year, Write Together in-person trips will be $250 for Title I schools, and $500 for all other schools.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Storytelling & Bookmaking
Virtual: Grades 1 – 9
In-person: Grades 1 – 5
Students will, as a class, pen a brand new, totally original story. With the help of 826NYC’s staff and volunteer storytellers, the class will create a new character, give the story a setting, and write as a group until the story reaches the climax. Then, students will write their own endings to the story. Each student leaves as a newly-minted published author, with their very own copy of the group’s book.
Choose Your Own Adventure
In-person: Grades 4 through 9
During this field trip, students explore the effect that characters’ choices have on story. They create an original choose-your-own-adventure story, follow its twists and turns, and write its multiple conclusions. At the end of the trip, each student takes home a copy of the class’ adventures, bound together in a pint-sized book. (This workshop option is not available for virtual field trips.)
What’s Your Story? Memoir Field Trip
Virtual & In-person: Grades 9 – 12
It’s never too early to start your memoir! Students explore storytelling through a nonfiction lens. Students explore a colorful array of approaches to the genre (from Alison Bechdel’s “Fun Home” to Beyonce’s Formation), then dive into telling their own stories. By the end of the program, students will have produced a class anthology of mini-memoirs in prose and poetry — a great first step towards a stunning personal statement for college and scholarship applications!