No matter a child's age or background, summer learning loss can be a real threat to students' progress if they don't have access to learning opportunities during the out-of-school months. WordPlay's summer workshops aim to reduce this "summer slide" by immersing 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.


All of WordPlay's summer workshops are free of charge. Note that space is limited, so please register using the links below.


If you have questions, please call 513-996-0010 or email

All of WordPlay's summer programs are currently at capacity. Check back later for information on our free workshops for fall 2019!


Drumming & Storytelling

June 3-7, 2019  |  9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Ages 8-12

Led by Liz Wu

Professional musician Liz Wu leads this movement-based workshop in using music and rhythm to tell a story. Through self-reflection and group work, kids will compose a piece through the art of percussion, sharing the stories and emotions of their personal journeys. This is an exciting and unique way to experience the power of storytelling like you never have before. (No prior musical experience required!)


June 10-14, 2019  |  9:00 AM - 12:00 PM 

Ages 8-12

Led by Spring Starr Pillow

An interactive story experience, this action-packed workshop is filled with hands-on activities geared to awaken creativity through improvisation and the interpretation of well-known stories. This unique approach helps kids learn teamwork, self esteem and problem solving, while drawing on the natural inner resources, skills and strengths of each individual to create growth and change.

Puppets Telling Stories

June 17-21, 2019  |  9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Ages 5-9

Led by Terrence Burke

The art of puppetry is decades old, and it's also the perfect way to introduce basic elements of storytelling to young ones. Kids will love crafting their own handmade puppets and creating stories about them, in the process learning about voice, plot and character. Perfect for both shy and outgoing children, Puppets Telling Stories is a great introduction to fundamental reading and writing skills.

Rhythm & Rhymes

June 24-28, 2019  |  9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Ages 7-12

Led by Teisha Murray

Get up and get moving with this unique dive into poetry and dance! Writers such as Dr. Seuss, Shel Silverstein, Roald Dahl and many others have been delighting youth and adults for ages with their whimsical approaches to storytelling through rhyme. This workshop will have students experiencing poetry in a different way: through the use of hip-hop and movement. Engaging and upbeat, Rhythm & Rhymes will have children truly making words leap from the page.


Human w(R)ites

Tuesdays & Thursdays in June  |  1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Ages 13-18

Led by Desirae Hosley

As our world evolves, young people face the persistent challenge of defining and re-defining who they are, what they stand for, and the strength of a diverse and inclusive community where all are valued and celebrated. Back by popular demand for the third summer in a row, this three-week writing workshop brings students from all over the world together with those who have generations of family history right here in Cincinnati. Teens will explore their own personal narrative through group discussion and multi-genre writing as a foundation for coming to understand each unique voice and examining their roles in larger contexts. 

WordPlay offers public workshops during the school year, too! Check out a list of programs offered at our writing center in Northside in the fall and spring.
How can I volunteer?

If you would like to volunteer for WordPlay's summer workshops, visit our Volunteer page for more information and current opportunities.

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

WordPlay's mission is to create spaces for young people to fulfill their potential by discovering, honoring and sharing their voices

Main Office:

2110 Saint Michael Street, Suite 201

Cincinnati, OH 45204

p: 513-541-0930

Northside Writing Center:

4234 Hamilton Avenue

Cincinnati, OH 45223

p: 513-996-0010

WordPlay Cincy is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

Funding for WordPlay provided in part by:

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