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About us

Our purpose

We help young people to write brighter futures for themselves through the power of their ideas and imagination.

Making writing exciting

What we do

Co-founded by author Nick Hornby in 2010, we help young people discover their confidence, imagination and potential through the power of their writing.

We develop self-respect and communication skills through innovative writing programmes and one-to-one mentoring for children living in under-resourced communities, working in schools and at our dedicated writing centre in east London.

WHY WRITING?

Writing for a brighter future

We challenge aspirations through valuing creativity and imagination, empowering young people to find their voice.

We believe writing has the power to change lives. It’s a tool for telling your story, processing experiences, building a sense of community, and sharing your voice.

When young people feel confident, heard, and empowered through their writing, they can access opportunities, achieve their true potential, and maybe even change the world.

Our programmes

Cracking it with creativity

Our innovative writing programmes and workshops are devised and delivered by professional writers to schools in east London and we provide free after-school writing labs for children in our community at our writing centre, hidden behind our own fantastical shop Hoxton Street Monster Supplies.

How we work with schools

Our community writing labs

People power

Our secret: inspirational mentors

It’s rewarding work. But we can’t do it alone. We depend on a community of over 200 amazing volunteers to help us fire up young people’s imaginations. (You could be one of them.)

More about our method

More about our team

PLACES LIKE MINISTRY OF STORIES SHOULD BE WIDELY AVAILABLE. AS SAFE, INVITING SPACES BETWEEN HOME AND SCHOOL. THEY PROVIDE PLACES FOR CHILDREN TO EXPLORE IDEAS AND GROW THEIR READING AND WRITING SKILLS AMONG SUPPORTIVE ADULTS AND LIKE-MINDED FRIENDS…

INDEPENDENT ASSESSOR, WRITING PROGRAMME

We make writing exciting

Discover amazing stories from our young writers

By making writing fun and accessible we help young people find their voices. And our publishing platforms make sure their voices are heard…

Imagination showcase

Free for young writers

How we’re funded

Our workshops and programmes are always free for young people and their families.

Due to an ancient curse, we receive the profits from our neighbours Hoxton Street Monster Supplies, which helps, but that doesn’t cover everything.

So we also rely on donations. You can help right now, if you like.

And we apply for funding from various sources. Our funders are very important for helping us continue with our work (thank you!).

Support us

826 In San Francisco

How it all started

Our inspiration came from a place called 826 Valencia in San Francisco. This writing centre (which hides behind a shop for pirates) was founded by writer Dave Eggers and educator Ninive Calegari.