HPMEC Sets Spring Writer's Retreat

Thursday, March 13, 2014
Roland Mann

The dates for the 2014 Spring Writers' Retreat at the Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and Educational Center in Piggott have been set. According to museum director Adam Long, the retreat will be held Thursday through Saturday, April 10 to 12. This year's spring retreat will be held in the Educational Center and the Hemingway Barn-Studio and will offer adults the opportunity to work on their writing under the direction of a professional mentor, receive feedback from peers and build relationships with others interested in writing.

Serving as mentor is Roland Mann, of Oxford, Miss. A former local resident with strong ties to the Piggott area, Mann is a former editor with Marvel Comics, a journalist and newspaper editor. He is also a talented author and creative writing instructor of note.

"A retreat is different than a workshop or conference," said Mann. "In general, a retreat allows the writers to get away from the daily grind at home and focus solely on whatever they wish to write. Writing exercises serve to get their writing muscles going. The Hemingway-Pfeiffer writing retreats are, I think, the model for retreats."

Writers' retreats at HPMEC are structured to be interactive with in-class writing activities, private writing time and group interaction. Writers contribute stories, poems and essays to be published on-site in a spiral-bound souvenir anthology for each participant.

Registration is $150 if secured by Tuesday, April 1 and $25 more thereafter. Organizers note lunch and breaks are included.

HPMEC is an Arkansas State University Heritage Site, located at 1021 West Cherry Street, Piggott, Ark. Tours are offered on the hour from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday.

Those wanting additional information on the writer's retreat, or the museum in general, may contact Long at 870 598-3487 or by email at adamlong@astate.edu

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