For questions, please contact Director of Programming, Amy Tuttle,

Reader's Theater

Ages: 8-12    

4-session series:

Tuesdays, February 23rd - March 16th

4:00 - 5:00 pm

Led by Spring Starr Pillow


In this 4-week Readers Theatre class, we will choose a poem/piece, assign roles, and do a READING of it, focusing on the four important elements of inflection, projection, enunciation, and pronunciation. Participants will learn about the art of Reader's Theatre, enjoy creating characters and voices for their specific role, and learn how to use their voice to present the chosen piece.

Join us Tuesday, March 9th from 4:00 to 5:00 pm for a WordUP workshop on the power of public poetry! Amanda Gorman, the first Youth Poet Laureate of the United States, wowed the world when she performed her poem, "The Hill We Climb," for President Biden's inauguration last month, and again when she read before the 2021 Superbowl. In this workshop, we'll learn about the Poet Laureate program, discuss what made Gorman's inauguration performance so powerful, and compose (with opportunities to perform) our own public-facing poem to share with the community. 



Ages 14-18

Tuesday, March 9th, 4:00-5:00 pm

Led by Theresa Kulbaga and Sam Foulkes


Sincerely Yours: Poems as Letters/Letters as Poems

Ages: 12-18   

2-session series:

Mondays, March 22nd & March 29th

4:00-5:00 pm

Led by Pauletta Hansel


In this workshop, we will use "epistolary poetry" (letter poems) to speak our thoughts and experiences to a real or imagined "you." Letters to those lost to us, to a trusted friend, a pen-pal, a public official, our future selves, our bitter foes, to our favorite literary or movie characters.... the possibilities are endless! The imagery and concise language of poetry will be useful tools as we speak the truths we have to tell.

Writings inspired by the paintings of Annie Ruth:

Writing What I See

(Pop-in Virtual Workshop)


Ages 14-18

Wednesday, March 31st, 4:00-5:00 pm

Led by Annie Ruth


Inspired by selected paintings from internationally renowned artist and poet Annie Ruth’s “On Her Shoulders” collection, youth participants will work with Annie to use her recent paintings as a catalyst for their own creations of poetry, prose, rap and songs.

Writing What I See will expose youth writers to a wealth of ideas to learn how to dig deep and express a written response to visual works of art. 

Sponsored by:
In collaboration with The Well and the On Being Project:

Mindful Poetry March Gathering

Youth & Adult  

Wednesday, March 31st

3:00-4:00 pm


Join us for Mindful Poetry virtual gathering to listen, contemplate and respond to a poetry selection from On Being's Poetry Unbound Podcast season 2. Special guests Troy Bronsink of The Hive and our very own Amy Tuttle, WordPlay Director of Programming, will lead us through a mindful moment, reading and discussion. Come with a pen, paper and an open heart.

Live closed captioning services will be available.

Mindful Poetry Moments is a collaboration between The Well and the On Being Project.


Virtual gatherings are supported by The HiveThe Mercantile Library and WordPlay

NOTE: Please try to arrive on time. We will hold a 10-minute grace period. If you arrive later than that time, we apologize but you won’t be able to get in. We create a very intentional beginning experience for our guests. If you miss it, we will share the recorded session and will have more events to join.

Inner Weather: Writing About Environmental Justice

Ages: 12-18  

Wednesday, March 31st

4:00-5:00 pm

Led by Elaine Olund


After a short guided session to connect breath, body and mind, we'll dive into a writing to explore the unique "inner weather" that arises from prompts relating to environmental justice. Stormy or calm, blustery or hopeful, icy or scorching—we'll paint with words. Sharing is encouraged, and always optional.

Write to the World

Ages: 12 - 18   

Friday, April 9th

7:00-8:00 pm

Led by Simone Yael


Join us for a Friday evening workshop with the amazing Simone Yael!  Bring a snack and travel the globe! Write to the World will give students the unique opportunity to learn about writings and authors in other cultures- studying international artists from places like Taiwan, Kenya, and Germany.

Mapping It Out:

A Writing/Drawing Workshop

Ages: 12-18   

Wednesday, April 14th

4:00-5:00 pm

Led by Elaine Olund


Together we will map out memories, hopes, fears and strengths. We'll combine a bit of drawing with writing for this exploration of your unique landscape of self! Bring blank paper and pen--paper grocery bags or plain cardboard scraps and a sharpie marker or crayons work great, too. We'll create together and share some of our work (sharing is always encouraged and always optional).

Noticing Northside

Ages: 8-18   

Saturday, May 1st

10:00 am-Noon

Led by Natalie Villacorta


All good writers are good noticers. They pay attention to their environments. They pause and look closely. They watch for patterns. Most importantly, they observe what interests them and they follow that interest, unsure perhaps where it will lead them but trusting that it will lead somewhere great.


Noticing is a habit that we can cultivate. During "Noticing Northside, we will practice noticing. We will take a walk around the neighborhood, making observations using as many of our senses as possible. We'll then use these observations to write—poems, vignettes, a letter of thanks to a neighbor—whatever the writer feels called to write. Finally, we'll post our writing on telephone poles around the neighborhood, hoping that others will notice them and perhaps be encouraged to practice noticing themselves.

In collaboration with The Harriet Beecher Stowe House:

Discovering Our Story in Walnut Hills

Ages:  12-18 

4-part series

Saturdays, May 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th

1:00-3:00 pm


Join us for this unique opportunity to learn about the past and write about the future!  We’ll take a walking tour through Walnut Hills and learn about the deep abolitionist history of the neighborhood.  We’ll also work with amazing Teaching Artists to write and record our own stories of our experiences in our neighborhood.  


Week 1: Walnut Hills Walking Tour


Week 2 & 3: Personal Narrative Writing (focus on place-based history and future orientation). 


Week 4: Storytelling & Recording at Music Resource Center

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