Young Adult Writer’s Workshop and Reader’s Theater

Each summer Tellin’ Tales invites up to 12 young adults with and without disabilities to develop stories on the same theme as our adult solo performance show. Many of the participants are former Six Stories Up apprentices that wish to further develop their writing and performance skills. In fact, the workshop is co-produced each year by Nura Aly, a former apprentice. The three-week workshop culminates in a reader’s theater performance on a Saturday afternoon. If you would like to participate please contact Tekki Lomnicki at

This year’s reader’s theater performance, “I Am Who I Am” took place on July 22 at the Sulzer Library as part of The Chicago Public Library’s Disability Awareness Month Celebration. This year, eight young adults proudly revealed their true identities through honest, heartfelt personal narratives.

Stories ranged from dealing with panic attacks and finding mentors, to navigating high school from a wheelchair and discovering real friends.


The Writers

Nura Aly
Jessie Bowers
Drew Harris
Padraig Lally
Jack Gehringer
Sarah Schechtman-Thale
Nate Shapiro
Max Wiersum

If you would like to participate in next year’s Young Adult Writer’s Workshop please contact Tekki Lomnicki at

The Young Adults Readers Theatre performance at Sulzer Library on July 22.