Wayne State College's Writers Workshop will be held at Gardner Auditorium on campus on Wednesday, April 23, 2014. The program, which is free and open to the public, will feature five accomplished writers who will discuss the process of writing, each for a different genre: fiction, poetry, children's books, contemporary non-fiction, and history.
Schedule of Events
Pam Everett (contemporary non-fiction)
Twyla Hansen (poetry)
Jonis Agee (fiction)
Julia Cook (children's books)
Alan Taylor (history)
Alan Taylor holds a Ph.D. from Brandeis University and is currently a professor of history at the University California at Davis, although he will assume the Thomas Jefferson Chair in American History at the University of Virginia in August. He has written seven books and has won numerous prizes. For William Cooper's Town: Power and Persuasion on the Frontier of the Early Republic (1995), he won the Pulitzer Prize, the Bancroft Prize, and the Albert J. Beveridge Award.
Jonis Agee was born in Omaha, Nebraska and grew up in Nebraska and Missouri, places where many of her stories and novels are set. She was educated at The University of Iowa (BA) and The State University of New York at Binghamton (MA, PhD). She is Adele Hall Professor of English at The University of Nebraska — Lincoln, where she teaches creative writing and twentieth-century fiction. She is the author of twelve books, including five novels — Sweet Eyes, Strange Angels, South of Resurrection, The Weight of Dreams, and her most recent, The River Wife — and five collections of short fiction — Pretend We've Never Met, Bend This Heart, A .38 Special and a Broken Heart, Taking the Wall, and Acts of Love on Indigo Road. She has also published two books of poetry: Houses and Mercury.
Julia Cook owns a Masters degree from Wayne State College in Elementary School Counseling and is a an award-winning author of children's books and a nationally recognized parenting expert. With 57 children's books to her credit, she has over a million books in print. She has also published extensively in national magazines and has delivered hundreds of programs in schools across the country.
Pamela Everett holds a J.D. from the University of San Diego School of Law and is an assistant professor of criminal justice at Wayne State College. She has published extensively as a free-lance writer and contributes columns on a regular basis to the Omaha World-Herald.
Twyla M. Hansen is Nebraska’s State Poet for the term 2013-2018. Her newest book, DIRT SONGS: A Plains Duet (with Linda M. Hasselstrom), won a 2012 Nebraska Book Award and was finalist for the 2012 WILLA Literary Award and the 2012 High Plains Book Award. She has five previous poetry books, including Potato Soup, a 2004 Nebraska Book Award winner.