HPMEC Spring Writer's Retreat Held

Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Those attending the Spring Writer's Retreat at HPMEC included, from left: Bethany Stephens of Rogers, Ark., Linda Wyss of Piggott, Anne Winchester of St. Francis, Barbara Taylor of Bella Vista, Ark., mentor Roland Mann of Orlando, Fla., Susan Hemingway of Bella Vista, Ark, Ethan Baker of Poplar Bluff, Mo., Doug Hemingway of Bella Vista, Ark. and Fay Guinn of Jonesboro. Not pictured was Donna Morris of Pocahontas. (courtesy photo)

The Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and Educational Center recently held its Spring Writers' Retreat. A total of nine talented writers from five states came together to hone their skills at the retreat, and to form a community in Northeast Arkansas.

Roland Mann of Orlando, Fla., served as mentor for the retreat. "Mann is a former journalist, newspaper editor and editor with Marvel Comics," noted museum director Adam Long. "He is a talented author, creative writing instructor, and mentor."

"A retreat is different than a workshop or conference. In general, a retreat allows the writers to get away from the daily grind at home and focus solely on whatever it is they wish to write," Mann said of the experience. "Writing exercises serve to get their writing muscles going--the Hemingway-Pfeiffer writing retreats are, I think, the model for retreats. I think writers should at least try a retreat sometime during their writing career -- just get away from all of life's day-to-day worries and write."

The writers began each day with group activities designed to inspire and encourage creative thought followed by a time to write," Long explained. "They enjoyed lunch together at the educational center and ended the afternoon with a group meeting to reflect, share, and discuss the products and processes used by each writer. The format allowed writers time to focus on their own creative interests, to receive feedback on their work, and to form relationships with other writers."

On Thursday afternoon, writers also took time out to enjoy a poetry reading by Hollander.

Long notes the writers' retreats are held three times a year at the Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum in Piggott. The next retreat is scheduled for June 9 to 13, 2014, with Rob Lamm serving as mentor.

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 upcoming 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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