When Andrew Hollinger was 16, a junior in high school, 9/11 happened. He wrote “My English teacher, Mr. T., had our class write our thought and feelings during our free writing time. AT the end of each week, we had to read one of our free writing pieces out loud to the class. I chose my 9/11 article. Mr. T. asked me if he could try to get my article published in the newspaper. I was published for the first time in Oct. 2001. That’s when I knew I wanted to be a writer.”

Hollinger continued, “Thoreau said: “If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that’s where they should be. Now put foundations under them.” Everyday I build a little more foundation.”

The Museum of South Texas History will host a four part writing workshop, Laying the Foundation with writer Andrew Hollinger throughout the month of March. An exciting concept, the writing workshop will explore various styles of fiction and creative non-fiction writing.

“Andrew Hollinger’s writing workship is an exciting opportunity for anyone who has wanted to write a short story of flash-fiction,’ says Melissa Tijerina, Programming Officer for the Museum. “To learn from a well respected writer like Hollinger is a unique and rewarding experience. Don’t let this opportunity pass you by!”

Laying the Foundation is a new concept for a writing class at the Museum. For four weeks beginning March 14, the class will learn to expand on their creative writing skills, by recalling significant experiences of their past. The students’ final work will be compiled into a small book which will be available for purchase at the Museum Store.

Andrew Hollinger is a Valley native, and has not only written for newspapers but also released “Inkstain” a podcast he created which can be heard over iTunes. A graduate of Texas A&M University, Hollinger teaches 10th grade English at Sharyland High School. Hollinger is currently pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing at UTPA and lives in McAllen with his wife Wendy and their terrier-mix puppy, Rowdy.

Laying the Foundation begins Saturday, March 14 from noon to 2 p.m. and will continue every Saturday to April 4. The class fee is $45 with a discount extended to FRIEND members of the Museum. For more information, visit www.mosthistory.org or call 956.383.6911. The Museum of South Texas History is located on the Courthouse Square in Downtown Edinburg.