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A writer’s workshop took place last week at Coffee County Lannom Memorial Library and D.W. Wilson Community Center to assist those interested in becoming published authors in Tullahoma. Writing students Christine Collins, left, and John Robinson take notes during the Wednesday night class taught by Scott Thompkins.

A writer’s workshop took place last week at Coffee County Lannom Memorial Library and D.W. Wilson Community Center to assist those interested in becoming published authors in Tullahoma. Each day focused on different topics including first steps for writers, self-editing, publishing, social media and media marketing.

A large class of eager students showed up every evening to participate and grow as writers. “This is a creative outlet,” one participant, Christine Collins, said of the class. “We all have different ideas and tastes when it comes to writing and we have such a great time just bouncing ideas off of each other.”

The group usually meets at the library on the second and fourth Mondays of each month from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Group members bring portions of their writings and read it aloud for the rest of the group to critique and evaluate it. The group is a way to encourage people to continue to write, according to Mary Jane Miller, the writer’s club coordinator. “It keeps them motivated and active, with the idea of being published.”

The workshop was led by Scott and Sandy Thompkins from Texas. The couple previously worked in newspaper field for 20 years in various states. They are now working with University of The Nations, a creative organization that allows them to teach writing schools and workshops throughout the country.

 “We have done workshops in several other states,” said Scott. “The students are terrific, very creative and fun. We have enjoyed this whole week.”

For more information about the writer’s group at the library, stop by Coffee County Lannom Memorial Library or call 931-455-2460.

Katelyn Lawson may be reached at klawson@tullahomanews.com.