After-School Writing Lab

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When: Monday–Thursday, 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. Tutoring sessions are 90 minutes. 

Where: 826 MSP Youth Writing Center

Who: Students from kindergarten to senior year are welcome in our space! 

Program Overview

Every Monday through Thursday, 826 MSP is packed with students and tutors working on all subjects. Our trained tutors provide invaluable support to students in the community through our free drop-in tutoring model. We endeavor to pair volunteer tutors one-on-one with students to offer academic support across all subjects.

Students are also led through daily creative writing prompts and exercises at the Writer's Table. The table is staffed by our friendly Writer-in-Residence, Ellen, who designs prompts for students of all ages. At the end of each semester, student poems, essays, and stories written during tutoring are collected and published in a chapbook. We strive for each After-School Writing Lab student to publish at least one piece in the anthology.

Expectations and Guidelines

Our tutors help students set homework goals, finish assignments, and learn all sorts of interesting stuff along the way. However, there are a few guidelines.

Although we are drop-in, a parent/guardian must first register a student. The tutoring center also closes promptly at 6:00 p.m. Parents/guardians need to make accommodations and arrangements for their students to be picked up.

After-School Writing Lab also runs in accordance to the Minneapolis Public Schools calendar; if there is an emergency closing for weather related reasons or holiday breaks, our office is closed as well.