The Middlesboro Public Library hosted Novel Writing 101 with Tess Collins on Saturday. The class was held from 10 a.m. until noon in the Beverly Greene Community Room.
Collins, an award-winning author of six novels and one non-fiction book, was born and raised in Middlebsoro. She received her BA from the University of Kentucky and a Ph.D in theater management, producing and writing from The Union Institute and University. She grew up listening to stories of the area and reading books in the one room Carnegie Library on 20th Street. Many of her works today are set in her hometown.
The class was in two parts; The first hour was dedicated to teaching the structure of a novel and character creation. The next hour was used to apply the knowledge (from the first hour) to the works brought in by participants. The workshop was limited to 20 attendants.
“I love coming home to visit friends and family,” said Collins. “I have a large readership in this area too and I really appreciate it. Of course being home also gives me a chance to gather material for my next book.”
Her latest novel is “The Hunter of Hertha,” the second book of her Midnight Valley Quartet.
Gap Creek Coffee House located at 710 Pinnacle Alley, Cumberland Gap, Tennessee will be hosting a book signing with Collins on July 17 from 4-8 p.m. Anyone who buys a copy of “The Hunter of Hertha” can put their name in a jar to have a character named after them in Collins’ next book.
Gap Creek Coffee House can be found on Facebook at facebook.com/GapCreekCoffeehouse.
For information on upcoming events at the Middlesboro Public Library, visit their front desk or call 606-248-4812.
For more information on Tess Collins, visit tesscollins.com.
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