WordPlay has released the fall writing workshop lineup, featuring six creative, skill-building programs that are open to kids and teens across Cincinnati.
Since 2012, WordPlay has worked to help young people in Cincinnati fulfill their potential through reading, writing and storytelling, offering programs open to all students regardless of school district, neighborhood or income level. All of WordPlay’s community-based programs are free to families, thanks to support from generous donors.
This fall, three new teen workshops will run on weekdays from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. New themes include comic book illustration (Tuesdays, led by Anjali Alm-Basu) and playwriting (Thursdays, led by Mia Vera). WordPlay will also offer a fall session of Human w(R)ites on Wednesdays, a successful summer program for teens that focuses on the role of writing in activism.
“The goal of the new programs is to showcase the variety of talented young storytellers that reside in the Greater Cincinnati area,” Education & Outreach Director Jared O’Roark said. “We all have different ways of expressing how we feel. WordPlay, through these workshops, truly wants to help young ones find the voice they are most comfortable using.”
For younger students, another popular summer program is extending into the fall: Puppets Telling Stories, for ages 5-8. In this workshop, held on Saturdays from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m., students create custom handmade puppets, which are then used as vehicles to explore different elements of storytelling.
Saturdays will also feature My Memoir, a writing workshop for ages 9-12 that focuses on how their experiences help shape who they are, and WordPlay Scribes, a popular spoken word performance troupe for teenagers led by Desirae “The Silent Poet” Hosley. To date, the Scribes have shared their work at over 40 public performances around Cincinnati, averaging at least one performance each month. The 2018-19 season will focus on the theme of “Caged Bird.”
“I’m excited for the new people joining and friends I can reconnect with,” said Scribes poet Zakiyah Jones, a ninth grader at Aiken High School. “I like that Scribes can teach me more about writing style and grammar choices.”
Another Scribes student, Summit Country Day senior Lilly Gieseke, agrees as she heads in to her final year of the program. “The Scribes gang is just really great to be around and write around,” Gieseke said. “I like that, even though everyone writes and loves words in general, we still have fun.”
All programs begin the week of September 24, 2018. Interested students and parents can view the full schedule below. For more information or to enroll your child, visit www.wordplaycincy.org/public-programs.
WordPlay Programs for Fall 2018: Comic Books & Illustration (ages 13 and up, Tuesdays from 4:30-6:00 p.m.) Human w(R)ites: Writing for Activism (ages 13 and up, Wednesdays from 4:30-6:00 p.m.) Playwriting (ages 13 and up, Thursdays from 4:30-6:00 p.m.) Puppets Telling Stories (ages 5-8, Saturdays from 10:00-11:30 a.m.) My Memoir (ages 9-12, Saturdays from 10:00-11:30 a.m.) Scribes (ages 13 and up, Saturdays from 2:00-4:00 p.m.)