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How Play is an Integral Part of Learning at 826LA

Writing is hard work. Ask any writer you know about it.

Writing is hard work. Ask any writer you know about it. The writers I know tell me that they sometimes need to force themselves to write for a few hours a day every day, and even then, it's hard to not get lost in your head. At 826LA, we trick students into believing that writing is incredibly fun. During one of our daily field trips to our space, students are told they must publish a book in a few hours by a mysterious and grumpy editor named Mr. Barnacle. They never see him, but they do hear his booming voice over a loudspeaker threatening to fire each student if their books do not meet his standards. Miraculously, all of our students succeed at the challenge and go home with their very own, unique storybook to show their friends and family.

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