Noted children’s author showcased at 2014 Tallgrass Writing Workshop

May 27, 2014

Critically acclaimed author of several children’s books, Myron Uhlberg will keynote the 29th Annual Tallgrass Writing Workshop, to be held June 7 and 8 on the Emporia State University campus. 

Recognized by both the American Library Association and the International Reading Association, Uhlberg’s works include Dad, Jackie, and Me (Peachtree, 2007), The Sound of All Things (forthcoming, 2015) and A Storm Called Katrina (Peachtree, 2011), which received starred reviews from both Kirkus and Publisher’s Weekly. In addition to his children’s work, Uhlberg is the author of Hands of My Father: A Hearing Boy, His Deaf Parents, and the Language of Love (Bantam, 2009). This poignant memoir received the Barnes & Noble Discover Award, an Amazon Best Book of the Month, and was a finalist for the MS Books for a Better Life Award for Inspirational Memoir.

Other faculty members include the founding partner at Foreword Literary, Gordon Warnock; award-winning author and journalist, Max McCoy, who wrote four original Indiana Jones adventures for Lucasfilm/Bantam and whose Hellfire Canyon (Kensington, 2007) won the 2008 Kansas Book Award; creative writing professor and managing editor at Bluestem Press, Amy Sage Webb whose most recent collection of short stories is Save Your Own Life (Woodley Press, 2012); poet, William Sheldon whose most recent book, Rain Comes Riding (Mammoth, 2011) was noted by Albert Goldbarth as a work where world and word have been lovingly wedded; Patsy Terrell, a writer whose background is public relations and marketing and is a regular contributor to Kansas Country Living; singer, songwriter and author of more than ninety books, 1500 articles, and 320 songs, W.C. Jameson, who in addition to being a prolific writer, has served as a consultant for several television and film projects including National Treasure and Unsloved Mysteries; and Jim Hoy, author of eleven books, including Cowboy’s Lament: Life on the Open Range (Texas Tech Press, 2010),  and Flint Hills Cowboys (University of Kansas Press, 2006) which was named a Kansas Notable Book.

The Tallgrass Writing Workshop has a long history of excellence in serving writers at all stages of their career. In fact, the diversity of participants, which includes teachers, technical writers, novelists, poets, journalists, historians, and hobbyists, is what gives the workshop attendees such a rich and well-rounded experience.

A Saturday evening book signing with entertainment by W.C. Jameson will be held at the William Allen White Historic Site (927 Exchange St.) and is free and open to the public. The event is sponsored in part by Town Crier Bookstore in conjunction with its annual Author Extravaganza.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, June 1, on the fourth floor of Plumb Hall on the Emporia State University campus, 1 Kellogg Circle. While pre-registration is encouraged, walk-ins are welcomed. The workshop fee is $60 in advance and $70 at the door. Registration materials can be found online at

The workshop is offered by Emporia State University’s Center for Great Plains Studies, the Division of English, Modern Languages & Journalism, and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and is sanctioned by the Western Writers of America.



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