San Francisco, CA, Jan 31, 2019 — The San Francisco Writers Foundation, the division of the 501(c)3 nonprofit San Francisco Writers Conference that supports literacy and writing both regionally and nationwide, today announced the selection of 826 National as the co-beneficiary of their 2019 charity auction series.

Auction coordinator Gordon Warnock said of 826 National, “We wanted to partner with a homegrown San Francisco institution that also has a nationwide impact on the written arts, and 826 came first and foremost to mind. I’ve followed their work since they were in a single building at 826 Valencia Street, and I’m thrilled to see them now coast-to-coast as the largest youth writing network in America.”

826 National amplifies the impact of a national network of youth writing and publishing centers, and the words of young authors. They serve as an international proof point for writing as a tool for young people to ignite and channel their creativity, explore identity, advocate for themselves and their community, and achieve academic and professional success.

“It’s so inspiring that this community of writers from around the country is gathering to celebrate the power of the written word. 826 National is committed to our vision that students everywhere, regardless of circumstance, have the tools and support they need to write their own paths forward. We hope to one day see our young authors taking the stage at the San Francisco Writers Conference,” said 826 National CEO Laura Brief.
About the SFWF Auction Series:
Thanks to a generous outpouring of donations from bestselling authors, top literary agents, Big 5 publishers, PR professionals, and others, the San Francisco Writers’ Foundation is once again holding a series of eBay-hosted online auctions beginning February 1st, 2019 as well as an on-site auction at the 16th annual San Francisco Writers’ Conference, Presidents Day Weekend at the Hyatt Regency Hotel at the Embarcadero in San Francisco. Visit for more information, and follow @SFWC and @826National on Twitter.

About 826 National:
826 was founded in 2002 by author Dave Eggers and educator Nínive Calegari. Rooted in the belief that strong writing skills are essential for academic and lifelong success, the 826 Network now serves more than 69,000 students ages 6 to 18 each year, thanks to the support of almost 5,000 volunteers. Currently, 826 has chapters in eight major U.S. cities: Boston, Chicago, Detroit/Ann Arbor, Los Angeles, New Orleans, New York City, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. There are an additional 33 domestic and 20 international 826-inspired organizations.

Approximately 38,000 students participate in free programs provided by 826 Network chapters. Each chapter offers five core programs: After-School Tutoring, Field Trips, Workshops, Young Authors’ Book Project, and In-School programs—all free of charge—for students, classes, and schools.

826 reaches an additional 31,000 students (and counting) through 826 Digital, 826 National’s new online platform that makes 826’s inventive writing resources available to educators everywhere for free.

To learn more about how you can get involved with 826’s movement for writing and creativity, please visit the 826 National website at

For more information contact:

Gordon Warnock, SFWF,

Maggie Andrews, 826 National,

Gordon Warnock
San Francisco Writers Foundation
P.O. Box 326,
Oakley, CA 94561