Student Writing Gallery

Student Writing: “Wise Old Man With ESP’s Horoscopes” by Joon

Aries March 21-20 You will be the greatest dancer in the entire world. Taurus April 21-May 21 You will get a DVD of Star Wards as a gift on Christmas. Gemini May 22-June 21 You will have a lifetime supply … read more

Journalist Cat Vasko interviews journalism student Jason for the 5th Anniversary of 826LA Good Times

In 2008, 826LA opened a writing center and a Time Travel Mart at 1714 West Sunset Blvd in Echo Park. Student programs began immediately, and, by the spring of 2009, we unveiled a weekly journalism workshop. Each week, students came … read more

Student Writing: Ivette’s “Munchers”

My creature is a lime green monster with a furless complexion. He is the last of its kind, so of course it is a baby. Since he is a baby monster, it is only fair for my monster to have … read more

Student Caitlin writes about her hero Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela, a hero in many people’s eyes, died on December 5, 2013 at the age of 95. Born in July 18, 1918, Mandela said “custom, rituals, and taboos” dominated his early childhood. Nelson Mandela was first known as Rolihlahla … read more

You make my heart boom boom: valentines by 826LA students

This Valentine’s Day, our young writers turned their pens to a classic subject of poetry: love. Thirty-five people commissioned poems for their sweethearts, giving 826LA students a few details about the poem’s recipient. One man mentioned that his wife was … read more

What is love? 826LA students weigh in

This Friday is Valentine’s Day, a celebration of love and loved ones. But what is love? We asked some of the smartest, funniest, and most insightful people we know–our students–what they think. Here are their answers. We hope they will … read more

Okay Now You Try It: Writing Prompts from 826LA Students

During After-School Tutoring, students focus on completing their homework and reading. They also hone their writing skills by penning stories, essays, and poems based on a daily creative writing prompt. These prompts vary widely from entreaties to explore countries of … read more

Student Writing: Ryuichiro’s “Diamond for Money”

Once upon a time a grumpy man found a diamond. When people don’t do things that the grumpy man asks he gets mad and punishes them. Walking home he found a soccer ball sized diamond. It was so shiny that … read more

4th grader Joon interviews author Jeff Kinney about the newest Diary of a Wimpy Kid

To just call 4th grade student Joon a Jeff Kinney fan would be an understatement. Joon loves the author’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid series and has read all of Jeff Kinney’s books. A prolific writer who comes to 826LA … read more

A Cat Named Ellie Likes Spaghetti

A Cat Named Ellie! Once upon a time there was a cat named Ellie. Ellie was nice and loved spaghetti. She would eat spaghetti at the store, at night, on the computer, and in the bathtub. One day she ran … read more