WordPlay's summer workshops immerse children and teens in multi-disciplinary creative experiences, giving them the space to read, write, create and connect with peers from around the city. Thanks to the generosity of WordPlay's supporters, these workshops are free to families, keeping summer learning accessible and helping kids stay on track.

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In partnership with the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County:

Poetry in the Garden

June 5

1-3 pm


In person outside in the Public Library main branch gardens

Join us in the gardens of Cincinnati Public Library’s Main Branch as we celebrate poetry! Come anytime between 1-3pm to create take-home poetry and beautiful crafts.

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We Love Our Pets!  


With Teaching Artist Elaine Olund

June 8th @ 4pm

Ages 8 & Up

Via Zoom

Join WordPlay for a fun and service-oriented workshop! We’ll create poetry and visual art, to support Northside’s Animal Care Shelter! We’ll learn about the animals up for adoption and create artwork to support their adoption process. Use your words and creativity to help these amazing pets find their forever home! Our thanks to the Northside Community Council for their financial support of this program. 

Writing Pride

Within Ourselves 

With Teaching Artist Carlos Garcia Leon

June 12th


Ages 14 & Up

Zoom Event


It’s Pride Month! and there’s no better way to express pride than through writing.

Come write while taking inspiration from LGBTQ+ poets and performers and the joy they

express of themselves. Led by local poet, Carlos “El Principito”, together we will find pride in ourselves and the beautiful life lessons we can learn from queerness. This workshop is open to all.


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Writing Pride

Within Ourselves 

With Teaching Artist Carlos Garcia Leon

June 12th


Ages 14 & Up

In-person, location TBD


Explore the world of comics, illustration, and storytelling with WordPlay’s Anjali Alm-Basu. Students will learn about creative fiction, character development, and illustration.  Students will also have the opportunity to bring their amazing ideas to life! Storytelling is so much more than just words on a page. Students in this class will learn skills like character development, dialogue, color theory and more. 


Rhythm & Rhymes Camp with Cincinnati 
Symphony Orchestra's Sound Discoveries


Weekdays, Week of July 26th



Ages 9-12

Via Zoom


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WordPlay is thrilled to partner with Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra’s Sound Discoveries program to offer a full week of summer camp for students! In Rhythms and Rhymes, discover the connection between rhythms and words! During our time together, we will create a music track, compose our own lyrics, and collaborate with a musician from the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. The project will culminate with an opportunity to perform the final pieces for all participants and their families. Join us, and learn how to transform your poetry into song - with the magic of rhythm!

Have questions about our programs? Feel free to contact us to learn more!

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Out of the Heart Summer Workshop

With Teaching Artist Laurent Che

4 Saturdays: July 24th, 31st, August 7th, 14th


Ages 13-18

In-Person at WordPlay


A creative and encouraging space to strengthen your skills for written poetry while learning the basics and fundamentals of spoken word as a form of expression. Receive hands-on coaching and training that you’ll get to put into practice through an engaging and rewarding workshop experience. When it’s all said and done, you’ll have a brand new spoken word piece that you created applying everything you’ve learned that can then be shared with the world!

In partnership with Jeni Jenkins of Renegade Babe Studio:


July to September 2021

Saturdays July 31st- August 14th, 1-5pm

Sundays August 22nd- September 12th, 1-5pm

Ages 14 & Up

In person, outside in Northside (will meet at WordPlay each day)

Are you a teen interested in learning how to paint a mural? Do you want to help combat racism in our city? Would you like to help plant seeds for social change and create a legacy for future generations? Join us as we create a powerful mural nurturing pride in our community’s belief that Black lives matter, and Black lives are valued.


All participants will be paid an honorarium to participate in a hands-on mural installation.

Project Goals:

  • Bring increased visibility to and humanize Black identity

  • Foster a sense of safety and a sense of belonging

  • Energize a public space

  • Incite community dialogue

  • Add increased richness to the Northside community and Cincinnati

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Our summer workshops are made possible by generous support from these funders as well as individuals like you—thank you!  
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