Our Locations
826LA in Mar Vista
and the Time Travel Mart
12515 Venice Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90066
(310) 915-0200
826LA in Echo Park (map)
and the Time Travel Mart
1714 W. Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(213) 413-3388
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Publishing Overview

At 826LA, we help students understand how their writing can venture out into, interact with, and impact the world around them. For that reason, we publish student writing whenever possible. Each book is designed and published with high production value that honors our students' hardwork.

Young Authors' Book Project

Among 826LA's greatest endeavors is the annual Young Authors' Book Project, where we provide students at an LA-area school with an opportunity to become a published author by the end of the school year. Students work with 826LA volunteers to write and revise a piece based on a central theme. A select group of students answers the call to join the editorial board, which works closely with 826LA to determine the book's organization, design, and layout. After several months, their essays, poems, and stories are published as a perfect-bound book, with the students as proud authors. To date, 826LA has published eleven high school anthologies; our most recent is Beyond the Gates and Fences by the students of Manual Arts Senior High School with a foreword by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.

Student Newspapers

Students are the writers and editors of our two student newspapers—Viva Mar Vista and 826LA Good Times. Guided by our volunteers (many of whom are professional journalists), our students research and conduct interviews before drafting and revising their stories to meet deadline. We print a new issue at each site every six to eight weeks, and distribute them on site as well as through local businesses. Parents can sign their students up for journalism workshops here.


We publish 10 chapbooks of student writing a year through our after-school tutoring and Tuesday/Thursday night tutoring programs. Students also collaborate to write original books during our field trip and workshop programs. Recent titles, including Chocolate Robot Said Chocolate Lightning and DNA Looks Like a Ladder but it is Twisted, are available for sale in the Time Travel Mart.