“When I was 16, a junior in high school, September 11th happened. My English teacher, Mr. T., had our class write our thoughts 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 September 11th 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 October 2001. That’s when I knew for sure that I wanted to write for a living.”

The Museum of South Texas History’s Sunday Speaker Series presents local author Andrew Hollinger on Sunday, Feb. 15, from 2 to 4 p.m.

Hollinger will take the audience on a journey through his life as a writer and author. He will also give detailed information on his modern writing class Laying the Foundation, to be held at the museum in March.

Hollinger’s column “One Word” has become sononomous with Sunday’s Valley Life section of The Monitor. Hollinger began writing for The Monitor with “On the Brink,” a bi-monthly account of his senior year, and transition to Texas A&M freshman. Upon his high school graduation, the column was renamed “On the Way,” and began running weekly, following Hollinger on his adventures as an undergraduate.

When the column began running on Sunday’s, the focus and name were changed one last time to “One Word.” The column has now reached syndication and not only run’s in The Monitor, but also Florida’s Holmes County Times and the Washington County News.

Hollinger will hold a writing class at the museum in March. A dynamic concept, the class will explore various modes of fiction and creative non-fiction writing. The class will focus on planning, writing, editing, polishing, and publishing a short story of flash fiction.

Hollinger is a Rio Grande Valley native and has not only written for newspapers, but also released Inkstain, a podcast that can be heard over iTunes. A graduate of Texas A&M University, Hollinger teaches 10th grade English at Sharyland High School, and pursuing a MFA in creative writing at the University of Texas-Pan American. Andrew lives in McAllen with his wife Wendy and their terrier-mix Rowdy.

For more information on the Sunday Speaker Series or Laying the Foundation call 956-383-6911 or visit www.mosthistory.org. The Museum of South Texas History is located on the Courthouse Square in downtown Edinburg.