Renowned Journalist, Screenwriter to Bisit Blinn’s Brenham, Bryan Campuses

By: Blinn College Email
By: Blinn College Email

Skip Hollandsworth, executive editor of Texas Monthly
Brenham Campus
Tues. April 22
12:15 p.m. - Janis Sneed Banquet Room

Bryan Campus
Thurs. April 24
5:30 p.m. - Room 106 in the College Park Center

Renowned journalist, editor and screenwriter Skip Hollandsworth will discuss his wide-ranging career and offer tips for students during visits to Blinn College’s Brenham and Bryan campuses next week.

An executive editor of Texas Monthly, Hollandsworth will speak on the Brenham campus at 12:15 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, in the Janis Sneed Banquet Room located in the Student Center. He will then visit the Bryan campus for a 5:30 p.m. presentation Thursday, April 24, in Room 106 of the College Park Center. Both events are free and open to the public.

Prior to joining the Texas Monthly, Hollandsworth worked as a reporter, columnist, television producer and documentary filmmaker in Dallas. During his time at the magazine, he has received a National Headliners Award, the John Hancock Award for Excellence in Business and Financial Journalism, the City and Regional Magazine gold award for feature writing and the Texas Institute of Letters O. Henry Award for magazine writing.

Hollandsworth has been named a finalist four times for a National Magazine Award, the industry’s equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize. He won the National Magazine Award in feature writing in 2010 for “Still Life,” a story about a young man who spent 33 years confined to his bedroom after a crippling football injury.

Hollandsworth co-wrote the 2011 film Bernie, a low-budget dark comedy based on his January 1998 story, “Midnight in the Garden of East Texas.” Starring Jack Black, Matthew McConaughey and Shirley MacLaine, the film depicts the 1996 murder of an affluent widow in Carthage, Texas, by her 39-year-old companion, Bernie Tiede.

Blinn English Professors Amy Winningham and Cheryl Clements said they are looking forward to the inspiration Hollandsworth will provide his audience, especially students studying communication.
“Skip is one of the most influential journalists in Texas,” Clements said. “People see his name on the cover of Texas Monthly, and they buy it just to see what he has to say. His visit is a fantastic opportunity for our community.”

Each presentation will be followed by question-and-answer sessions.

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