CINCINNATI, OHIO—WordPlay is proud to unveil its slate of FREE creative programs for fall 2019 as well as its cozy new space for Northside workshops as the 2019-2020 academic year begins.
WordPlay will host its fall 2019 programs in a custom-designed space on the second floor of Annette’s Place at 4234 Hamilton Ave., just next door to nonprofit colleagues at CAIN and a few blocks away from its original home at the corner of Hamilton and Blue Rock. The new space adds to the campus of resources for youth, teens, families and communities along Hamilton Avenue between Chase and Pullan. WordPlay joins Happen Inc., the Northside branch of the public library and CAIN as neighbors to support collaborations and cross-organizational support.
WordPlay will occupy this space for the upcoming year while also working on a capital campaign for a newly renovated building that will serve as the organization’s permanent home, projected to be finished sometime in 2020.
“We’ve come a long way from our humble, all-volunteer operation in 2012—and we’re thrilled to continue to contribute to the growth of creative, collaborative and community-driven literacy-building and advocacy in Northside and beyond,” said Libby Hunter, WordPlay co-founder and Executive Director.
Fall programs launch week of Sept. 9
In support of that work, WordPlay also announces six creative and FREE workshops—each of which is scheduled for a 12-week session—that promote literacy and self-expression while building confidence, connections and empathy.
NOTE: While all programs are free, space is limited and enrollment is dependent on a rigorous commitment that families make every effort to ensure their students attend each session. The 12-week session will culminate with a celebration of students, families, friends and community.
4-5:30 pm (first day is Sept. 10, no session the week of Thanksgiving, last day is Dec. 3)
Ages 13+: In the fall term of this 2-part workshop, students explore the art of dialogue through both play and screenwriting structure. At the end of 12 weeks, they will have completed a piece to be revised and further developed in the spring session, with the chance to submit their work to festivals. Culminating event for Fall includes submission and one minute films. Led by WordPlay Program Coordinator Mia Vera.
Wednesdays: Comics & Illustration
4-5:30 pm (first day is Sept. 11, no session the week of Thanksgiving, last day is Dec. 4)
Ages 13+: Storytelling is so much more than just words on a page. After mapping out a narrative using the art of illustration, students will end this 12-week workshop with a completed comic book. (No prior illustration experience required.) Led by WordPlay Teaching Artist Anjali Alm-Basu.
Thursdays: Young Writers Guild
4-5:30 pm (first day is Sept 12, no session the week of Thanksgiving, last day is Dec. 5)
Ages 13+: In this 12-week writers circle, seasoned writing "masters" will work with student "apprentices" on multi-genre creative writing guided by each student's individual interests. Students will learn new approaches to writing while honing their preferred style to create a finished piece ready for publication at the end of the term. Led by WordPlay Teaching Artist Elaine Olund and Program Assistant Yasmin Payne.
Saturdays: Multiple Workshops
Puppets Telling Stories
9-10:30 am, ages 5-8 (first day is Sept. 14, no session weekend after Thanksgiving, last day is Dec. 7)
For the first 6 sessions of this workshop, students are introduced to the artistry of puppet-making and puppetry. For the second half, they will use their creations to explore various elements of storytelling, including character development, voice, plot and performance. Led by WordPlay Teaching Artist Terrence Burke & WordPlay Program Coordinator Mia Vera.
My Story, My Voice
11-12:30 pm, ages 9-12 (first day is Sept. 14, no session weekend after Thanksgiving, last day is Dec. 7)
Students "honor their history, respect their present, and project their future" through a series of artistic and written prompts. Along the way, they develop the skills to respect who they are and their own stories. Led by WordPlay Teaching Artist Natalie Villacorta.
1- 3 pm, ages 13-18 (first day is Sept. 14, no session weekend after Thanksgiving, last day is Dec. 7)
One of WordPlay's longest-running programs, Scribes is a spoken-word poetry group for teens. Participants are not required to perform, though they have many opportunities to share their poetry in public showcases, festivals and events across the city. Along with bimonthly open mic nights at WordPlay, each year Scribes participate in the citywide spoken-word poetry competition Louder Than A Bomb. Led by WordPlay Community Engagement Coordinator Desirae Hosley and WordPlay Poet-in-Residence, UC Ph.D. student Yalie Kamara.
Program registration is open now and spaces are limited. To enroll, please call 513-996-0010 or visit www.wordplaycincy.org/community-programs.