Our Programs

Summer at 826


School might be out for the summer, but the learning doesn’t stop at 826 Valencia. We offer two main programs and an array of specialized workshops to keep our students’ brains humming. Just like our school-year offerings, we aim to provide programming that is rigorous and fun. As summer approaches, be sure to keep an eye on our calendar for upcoming events and workshops.

Exploring Words Summer Camp

Our five-week summer writing program is designed for current 826 Valencia 2nd through 5th graders who are in high need of academic support. The camp runs Monday through Thursday from 1p.m.–5p.m. and provides a creative writing and science exploration experience through reading, writing, and hands-on activities that strengthen the STEM curriculum (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math). Throughout the camp students will conduct science experiments, provide material for a chapbook, and write with the one-on-one support of tutors. At the end of the five weeks, students will have developed a portfolio of their work.

Young Authors’ Workshop

This August, 826 Valencia will host its twelfth annual Young Authors’ Workshop. The Young Authors’ Workshop (YAW) is an eight-day intensive writing camp for Bay Area students entering grades ten through twelve. This is a great opportunity for students to team up and, with the support of professional writers, poets, and spoken word artists, craft amazing work. The camp is open to thirty-five students attending Bay Area high schools who are excited to embark on a transformative journey as they develop their literary voices. Preference will be given to students attending SFUSD high schools.

The camp features writing workshops and seminars led by guest authors, musicians, and filmmakers, which in past years have included Daisy Hernández, Gene Yang, Hilton Als, Leticia Hernández, Michael Chabon, Sean San Jose, Spike Jonze, Stephen Elliott, Thao Nguyen, ZZ Packer, and more.


  • Enthusiastic young people entering grades 10 through 12
  • Students excited to participate in a creative and supportive community of peers
  • Students who find writing a challenging task and are interested in developing their writing skills

Application information for summer 2015 is yet to be released. Please contact Molly Parent at molly@826valencia.org with questions about the program.

Summer Workshops

We also amp up our selection of evening and weekend workshops during the summer months, which, as always, are free of cost. Keep your eye on our calendar for upcoming workshops, because they do tend to fill up quickly during the summer. For more information and a general FAQ about workshops, please visit our workshops page.