Oakland's only youth writing center fronted by the world's only magical bureaucracy.

Chapter 510 is a made-in-Oakland youth writing & publishing center. Our teaching artists and volunteers work side-by-side with educators to provide a safe space and supportive community for young people ages 6-18 to bravely write.


Our vision is that every young person in Oakland learns to write with confidence and joy.

Since 2013, through writing programs at our center and within Oakland public schools, we help young people improve their writing craft, confidence, and competency at every stage.

We are a proud part of the 826 National Chapter Development Process.

We are a volunteer-powered organization that recognizes young people’s ability to communicate powerfully through words and print.

Our programs include writing and publishing workshops in schools and at our center, field trip opportunities for OUSD educators, youth mentoring and tutoring, and youth-focused events (every First Friday). We are proud to publish over 20 youth-penned books per year.


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 during our First Friday open houses from 6pm - 9pm, or by appointment by emailing info@chapter510.org.