Author to visit Brownwood to unveil museum exhibit and lead writing workshops

Marjorie Herrera Lewis, best-selling author and sportswriter, will visit Brownwood June 28-30 to open a new exhibit at the Brown County Museum of History and lead a writers workshop with schedules for children and adults.

Her novel When the Men Were Gone is the true story of a female football coach during World War II here in Brownwood. You’ll have the opportunity to meet the author over pie and coffee and hear how she was inspired by this amazing Brownwood story.

She will also be given the opportunity to talk with her about becoming a published and award-winning author.

Lewis began her career as a reporter for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and became the first female sports reporter for the Dallas Morning News, covering the Dallas Cowboys, Rangers and Mavericks. She turned her writing skills into a historical novelist after a chance encounter led her to discover the amazing true story of Tylene Wilson.

Tylene Wilson had become a men’s soccer coach at Brownwood during World War II when the coaches were away at war. Lewis spent months researching the story of this remarkable woman, including numerous visits to Brownwood. The novel When the Men Were Gone was the thrilling result. Published in 2018, it was named one of the best books of the year by Sports Illustrated magazine, and the rights have been sold for a major film.

During her visit to Brownwood, Lewis came to love the town where Tylene Wilson had lived, taught and coached. When the Brown County History Museum asked her if she would return to teach writing to children in that area, she eagerly agreed. “I love Brownwood and I’m extremely excited to be back!” she said enthusiastically.

Lewis, who is a dynamic speaker and teacher, invites children and adults to join the workshops, which will take place in two half-day sessions for children (morning or afternoon) on Tuesday June 29 and Wednesday, June 30 (adult session will be Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.) Cost is only $20 per person, which covers session hours and all writing supplies. Scholarships are available for children, allowing any child to attend.

Additionally, a time to meet and hear from Marjorie Herrera Lewis will be at 7 p.m. on Monday, June 28 at the Brown County Museum of History. Marjorie will unveil the new exhibit on Tylene Wilson, then share her personal story of becoming a bestselling author. She invites questions during this “Coffee, Pie & Conversation” at 7 p.m. The $10 admission fee benefits the Museum.

“It’s a remarkable opportunity to speak with an award-winning author and also develop skills in writing fiction – anyone who enjoys reading and wants to explore writing fiction will be delighted to meet and learn from Marjorie,” added Jane. Rodgers, who directs the Museum’s Educational Programming.

For more information or to register for Writers’ Workshops and “Coffee, Pie & Conversation,” visit the museum’s website at or call Wanda Furgason at 325-642-5072.

Event sponsors are Humanities Texas, Arts Council of Brownwood, Howard Payne University, and ASAP Creative Arts. The History Museum is dedicated to providing learning programs in an environment where all races and ethnicities can meet, share ideas about history, science and the arts.