826LA’s workshops are an invitation to explore the potential of the written word, all while fostering creativity and strengthening academic skills. Led by our brilliant volunteers, who share their expertise on the subjects at hand, we give students the chance to produce a plethora of products—stories and poems, chapbooks and ‘zines, and our student newspapers: Viva Mar Vista and 826LA Good Times. Other workshop final projects include ingenious robot pencils (from a product design workshop), comic books that stun even the most brilliant artists, and short films (produced in a mere ninety minutes) that will take Hollywood by storm.
On weekend afternoons, groups of 12–20 students (depending on the workshop) embark on writing-centric project-based learning activities. The subject matter varies from workshop to workshop, but the emphasis on creative writing is consistent in each workshop, and the final product is usually, but not always, written. Students have produced stories of all sorts, TV show segments, mimed performances, and toothpick bridges.
Workshops are usually a single two-hour session, but some are two sessions (for which attendance at both is ideal). Over the summer, we usually do a longer multi-session Saturday afternoon series.
OUR WORKSHOP TEACHERS
We’ve had working filmmakers, poets, comedians, architects, and rocket scientists teach our writing workshops. Our volunteers are not only experts in the topics they teach; they are genuinely passionate about both the subject matter of their workshops and the education of our students. If you’re interested in teaching a workshop, click here to find out more about becoming a volunteer!