HPMEC Fall Writer's Retreat

Thursday, November 20, 2014
Those taking part in the Fall Writer's Retreat at HPMEC pose in front of the iconic barn studio. The group included, from left: Jim Spring of Denham Springs, La., Jane Gatewood of Rector, Glenda Gabhart of Scottsville, Ky., Mary Lester of Little Rock, Ann Hall of Bryant, Alison Taylor-Brown of Ozark, mentor Pat Carr of Fayetteville, Fay Guinn of Jonesboro, Eva Whittle of Scottsville, Ky., Linda Wyss of Piggott, Ruth Roberts of Little Rock, Talya Tate Boerner of Fayetteville, Martha Pederson of Gaithersburg, Md. and Dixie King of Bakersfield, Calif.(courtesy photo)

The Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and Educational Center recently held its Fall Writers' Retreat. Thirteen talented writers from five states came together for the retreat, to hone their skills and to form a community in Northeast Arkansas at the site where Ernest Hemingway penned much of his iconic novel A Farewell to Arms.

Pat Carr of Fayetteville served as mentor for the retreat. Carr has an extensive background, and boasts a B.A. and M.A. from Rice and a Ph.D. from Tulane. She has also taught writing and literature in universities and workshops across the country.

During her career as a writer she's published 16 books, including The Women in the Mirror, winner of the prestigious Iowa Fiction Award, and Death of a Confederate Colonel, winner of both the PEN Southwest Fiction Award and John Estes Cooke Civil War Fiction Award.

Over a hundred of Carr's short stories have been published in such places as The Southern Review and Best American Short Stories. Her most recent books are a memoir, One Page at a Time (2010), a how-to text, Writing Fiction with Pat Carr (2010) and a novella, The Radiance of Fossils (2012).

"During the retreat the writers began each day with group activities designed to inspire and encourage creative thought followed by a time to write," noted museum director Adam Long. "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."

Long noted this format allowed writers time to focus on their own creative interests, to receive feedback on their work and to form relationships with other writers.

Writers' Retreats are held twice each year at the Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum in Piggott. The next retreat will be the annual spring event, scheduled for June 1 to 5, 2015, with Garry Craig Powell of Conway serving as mentor.

Those wanting additional information on the writer's retreats, or any of the offerings at the museum may contact Long by phone at 870 598-3487 or by email at adamlong@astate.edu

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