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For questions, please contact Director of Programming, Amy Tuttle, amy@wordplaycincy.org

Reader's Theater:

The Giving Tree

Ages: 9+   

4-session series:

Tuesdays, April 13th - May 4th

4:00-5:00 pm

Led by Geoffrey Barnes & Spring Starr Pillow 


This workshop will focus on creativity as well collaborating with others within an online virtual setting. We will explore the importance of self-expression and problem solving with a group while becoming more self-reliant. Learn basic elements of Readers theater which include: inflection, projection, enunciation, pronunciation, and gesture/movement.

Readers Theater April-May 2021

Poetry in Motion


Ages 10+

Saturday, April 17th

1-2:30 pm

Led by Pones, Inc. and WordPlay staff


Held at the Harriet Beecher Stowe House in Walnut Hills

Come celebrate National Poetry Month with WordPlay and Pones, as we explore Poetry-in-Motion!  In this fun workshop, we'll create collaborative poetry and then put it to motion.  Let's write, dance, and play outside!  This workshop will be held at the Harriet Beecher Stowe House in Cincinnati, socially distanced and masked.  If the weather doesn't allow us to be outside, we'll have fun on Zoom!

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In collaboration with The Well and the On Being Project:

Mindful Poetry Moments

Join us for the Mindful Poetry virtual gatherings 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.

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April Gatherings:

Youth & Adult  

Wednesday, April 7th

3:00-4:00 pm


This week we will be joined by Haleh Liza and WordPlay's very own Amy Tuttle to listen, contemplate and respond to Aracelis Girmay's Consider the Hands That Write This Letter.

Youth & Adult  

Wednesday, April 14th

3:00-4:00 pm


This week we will be joined by Desirae Hosley with Kara Michelle Pierson to listen, contemplate and respond to Roger Robinson's A Portable Paradise.

Youth & Adult  

Wednesday, April 21st

3:00-4:00 pm


This week we will be joined by Frank X. Walker with Sonya Verma to listen, contemplate and respond to Philip Metre's One Tree.

Youth & Adult  

Wednesday, April 28th

3:00-4:00 pm


This week we will be joined by WordPlay Board Trustee Manuel Iris and Troy Bronsink to listen, contemplate and respond to James Wright's A Blessing.

May Gathering:

Youth & Adult  

Wednesday, May 5th

3:00-4:00 pm


This week we will be joined by Eddie Gonzales with Sarah Yeung to listen, contemplate and respond to Paul Tran's The Cave.

Live Boldly 

BEING BOLD: My Story of Living Boldly

Tell us about your boldness! How do you live, work, and play with a

BOLD spirit? What does “being bold” mean to your life?



Students in grades 6-12 may submit their story in essay or video

format. Essays are limited to 500 words. Videos are limited to 3

minutes.  Stories and/or poetry are acceptable.

Entries are due to WordPlay Cincinnati on April 30 and winners

will be announced on May 10. Submissions should be sent to amy@wordplaycincy.org


Would you like help in crafting your story? 

Interested students may attend a workshop to receive mentoring and feedback on their stories, poetry, videos, and essays.  Workshops will be held via ZOOM on April 20 and 21, 4:00 – 5:00 pm each day.  Amy Tuttle, WordPlay’s Program Director, and other teaching artists will conduct the sessions.

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.

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Mapping It Out:

A Writing/Drawing Workshop

Ages: 12-18   

Wednesday, April 14th

4:00-5:00 pm

Led by Elaine Olund


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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


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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


Harriet Beecher Stowe House

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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