Chapter 510 & the Dept. of Make Believe is Oakland's only youth writing center fronted by the world's only magical bureaucracy.

We provide free in-school tutoring, creative writing workshops, and publishing opportunities for K-12 students in Oakland, and are currently a proud part of the 826 Chapter Development Process

Chapter 510 shares a vision for Oakland as a place where our youth and their perspectives are visible and our teachers are honored and supported.

We've been working in schools since 2013, and are now in the process of building Oakland's very first writing center for youth at 2301 Telegraph Avenue

Like the seven chapters of 826 National*, we are a volunteer-powered organization that recognizes young people’s ability to communicate powerfully through words and print.

This fall and spring we will launch more free programming at our center, including after-school tutoring and writing workshops, Saturday drop-in writing labs, and fieldtrip opportunities for OUSD educators.

The Dept. of Make Believe

The Dept. of Make Believe is Chapter 510's interactive magical bureaucracy (and retail store) located here at 2301 Telegraph.

As far as we know, it is the only fully functioning magical bureaucracy in the world, but do correct us if we're wrong.

Bureaucratic services include Permits to Make Believe, Licenses to Dream, Creative Manifestation Filing, Dehydrated Courage, procrastination supplies, and high fives.

Come visit us on Thursday and Fridays 12pm - 5pm or during our First Friday open houses from 6pm - 9pm, or by appointment by emailing