Breakout sessions and expert presentations close out 2019 Tallgrass Science and Nature Writing Workshop Featured

Attendees are all ears during the 2019 Tallgrass Science and Nature Writing Workshop Saturday. Attendees are all ears during the 2019 Tallgrass Science and Nature Writing Workshop Saturday. Tagan Trahoon/KVOE News

Writers and journalists from across the midwest gathered at the Emporia Arts Center Saturday for day two of the 25th annual Tallgrass Science and Nature Writing Workshop.

Following Friday's activities which included trips to the Tallgrass Praire National Preserve, the Steve and Glenda Schmidt property in Marion County and the Ross Natural History Preserve north of Emporia, Saturday's itinerary included breakout sessions and several presentations from notable experts. On the list was New Territory magazine founder Tina Casagrand.

Casagrand is an environmental journalist who enjoys the opportunity to share her work and get people on board with environmental journalism.

 

Along with the workshops and presentations, the event also allows time for writers and journalists to network and share ideas with one another. Casagrand explains having an event such as this helps her to expand her list of contributors which in turn allows for more diversity of voice in her publication.

 

Other featured speakers during the workshop included workshop organizer Max McCoy, Emporia State University Dean of Liberal Arts and Sciences Brent Thomas and Kansas Poet Laureate and ESU English professor Kevin Rabas. The keynote speaker for the event was Kansas Native and New York Times bestselling author of "Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth" Sarah Smarsh.

Photos by Tagan Trahoon/KVOE News 

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