At WhizBang Writers Workshop we believe that all people have a story to tell. We’re passionate about teaching the craft of storytelling. Whether it’s poetry or playwriting or college application essays and more, we provide workshop style classes for writers and self-proclaimed non-writers to develop their voice, practice their craft, and conquer the written word.
WhizBang Writers Workshop was founded by Kate Tucker Fahlsing, a Chicago-based screenwriter, playwright, and educator. Kate noticed that most traditional schools don't teach writing in a way that is fun and accessible, which is a shame because, as a people, we are steeped in stories. We read books, watch plays, go to the movies, binge our favorite TV shows, and we all have something to say. Writing doesn't come easily to everyone, but everyone is capable of great writing. WhizBang Writers Workshop was formed with the aim to teach the important writing skills schools tend to make a bore. Whether it's improving critical thinking skills, understanding literary devices, writing in a clear and concise manner, practicing revision, learning a new genre, or even allowing your imagination the time and space to explore, WhizBang Writers Workshop teaches these skills in a workshop style environment where work is developed and shared amongst a community of peers.
WhizBang Workshops meet for an hour and a half once a week for eight weeks. We spend 1/3 of our time on instruction, 1/3 on workshopping, and 1/3 on in-class writing. Each workshop has a maximum of eight students, so that each student receives quality instruction, and ample feedback on their work. The final class will be a showcase reading of the students' work. Friends and families are invited to join! Unless specified, workshops are meant for all levels of writer from novice to master.
Writing is solitary by nature, but it doesn't have to be. At WhizBang we are determined to provide a safe and nurturing community for writers, creators, and artists. Feeling alone? Have a story to tell, but don't know where to start? Overwhelmed by your academic papers and essays? Love writing and want to meet other people that do too? WhizBang Writers Workshop will provide you with guidance, support, and the skills to successfully articulate your ideas, opinions, and visions.
WhizBang instructors are top notch writers that are professionally engaged in the disciplines they teach. We feel the best teachers are also ones that continue to create work and contribute to their artistic communities.
Kate Tucker Fahlsing is a Chicago-based screenwriter, playwright, and educator. She holds an MFA in Writing for the Screen + Stage from Northwestern University where she taught screenwriting courses to undergraduate students. Kate has a decade of experience as a residential camp counselor/director of a dramatic arts program for children ages 8 to 16. Before graduate school, Kate taught high school English and creative writing at an all girls ice hockey academy in Stowe, Vermont. Kate also apprenticed with Oscar-nominated screenwriter, Hawk Ostby, where she wrote and developed projects for both TV and film. Kate is compelled to write about the things we cannot discuss at the dinner table, like nontraditional relationships, chronic and invisible illnesses, and 21st century femininity. Her plays have been featured as readings at Chicago Dramatists, Victory Gardens Theater, Northwestern University, Greenhouse Theater, Dandelion Theatre Company, and Stage 773 in Chicago. Her plays include, ACROSS THE PARK, DUCKS UNLIMITED, HERPES, INDIAN RIVER, SLEEP NUMBER, and PLAN B. She’s also written and performed Off-Off Broadway in NYC at La MaMa ETC, Dixon Place, and Judson Church. She was a top ten finalist for the Playwrights’ Center Core Apprentice Program 2016-17 and a semi-finalist for the Eugene O’Neill National Playwright’s Conference 2017. Kate’s play, ACROSS THE PARK premiered Off-Broadway at The American Theatre of Actors in October 2016 via The Araca Project. For more information about her work and upcoming projects visit her website.