About Wordplay

Wordplay will return in 2023!

July 8, 2023!

What Is Wordplay?

The Loft’s Wordplay is Minnesota's largest celebration of readers, writers, and great books.

A family friendly event
Wordplay Bubble Conversations
A creative way to engage readers and writers
About Us

The Loft’s Wordplay launched in May 2019 as Minnesota's largest celebration of readers, writers, and great books. This effort was led by founding director Steph Opitz. More than 10,000 people showed up for the inaugural festival weekend, joining famous authors like Stephen King, Edwidge Danticat, and Amy Tan in a celebration of books. We enjoyed readings, conversations, writing workshops, kids’ activities, and one-of-a-kind happenings with outdoor stages, cooking stages, book signings, quiet reading corners, boisterous parties, food trucks, beer tents, and books, books, books.

Minnesota has one of the most celebrated literary communities in the country. We are rich with celebrated presses, locally owned bookstores, author events, writing classes, vibrant libraries, and great writers. We are perennially ranked one of the most literate communities in the country. A community like ours deserves a celebration like Wordplay.

There is something for every reader at Wordplay. Whether your book club reads literary fiction or paranormal zombie romance, whether you get your books at your library or on your e-reader, or even if the last book you read was a movie, this festival is for you. Wordplay’s mission is to celebrate the ways in which people connect to and through words and welcomes anyone who shares a belief in the connective power of story.

Get Involved

If you're interested in participating in Wordplay 2023 as an author, contact Shahenda Helmy at shelmy@loft.org

If you're interested in being a sponsor for Wordplay 2023, contact Kaitlyn Bohlin at kbohlin@loft.org.

Advisory Council

Lesley Nneka Arimah
Charles Baxter
Alexander Chee
Sarah Park Dahlen
Matt de la Peña
Lisa Von Drasek
Geoff Dyer
Louise Erdrich
John Freeman
LeAnne Howe
Mira Jacob
Margo Jefferson
Ada Limón
Karan Mahajan
Nina McConigley
David Mura
Celeste Ng
Téa Obreht
Danez Smith
Jeff VanderMeer

Looking back
Wordplay 2019
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Photo by Anna Min
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Photo by Anna Min
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Photo by Jason Bucklin
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Photo by Jason Bucklin
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Photo by Jason Bucklin
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Photo by Jason Bucklin