HPMEC hosts annual spring writer's retreat

Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Those taking part in the creative writers' retreat at the HPMEC in early June included, from left: Front--Carol Griffin of Bernie, Mo., Cathy Norred of Piggott, Lisa Woolery of Piggott and Sandy Harrison of Fisk, Mo. Back--Phyllis Rhodes of Everton, Mo., Dorothy Johnson of North Little Rock, Deanna Dismukes, HP Education Coordinator, Christine Henderson of Searcy, Monica Moore of Piggott, Pat Laster of Benton, Linda Wyss of Piggott, Elizabeth Foster of Hot Springs Village, Mary Lester of Little Rock, Lydia Cheatham of Benton, mentor Rob Lamm of ASU-Jonesboro and Ethan Baker of Piggott. (photo provided)

The Hemingway-Pfeiffer Creative Writers' Retreat was held June 7 to 11, in the Hemingway-Pfeiffer Educational Center and the Hemingway Barn-Studio.

A total of 14 eager writers attended for the week. Rob Lamm, ASU-Jonesboro, has mentored the retreat for eight summers.

Highlights of the week included a book signing by Writers' Retreat participant Elizabeth Foster, Hot Springs Village, and the completion of a novel by another participant, Pat Laster of Benton. Laster wrote the last two chapters of her novel while at the retreat.

This retreat's anthology, entitled Deanna's Garden, was dedicated to Deanna Dismukes, HPMEC Education Coordinator, who is retiring at the end of June.

The participants offered their thanks to Arkansas State University, D & G Plumbing and Heating, Dallas Wagster for a participant scholarship and Carolyn Caldwell and Pat Laster for their donations in support of the retreats.

The next Creative Writers' Retreat for adults will be held in early November with Roland Mann, Oxford, Miss., as the mentor.

Those wanting more information may call 870-598-3487. HPMEC is an Arkansas State University Heritage Site at 1021 West Cherry Street, Piggott.

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