Young Authors Complete Program at HPMEC

Thursday, March 5, 2015
PES sixth graders taking part in the young author's effort at the Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and Educational Center included, from left: Front-Brent Gossett, Emma Shaw, Macey Williams and Colton Haywood. Back-Jacy Featherston, Emma Graddy, Austin Fair and Logan Ralph.(courtesy photo)

A group of eight sixth grade students from Piggott Elementary School recently completed the 2015 Young Authors program at the Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and Educational Center.

The students were all recommended by their teachers, and took part in the four-week program after school on Wednesdays. At the conclusion of the program each received a spiral bound collection of their original stories.

This year's effort was held from Jan. 28, to Feb. 25, with HPMEC director Adam Long, and Bud Bradberry, serving as the instructors.

"This year, the writing focused on the museum's "Into the Wild" exhibit, which focuses on the 1933-34 safari of Ernest and Pauline Hemingway," Long explained. "Students were asked to imagine themselves on safari, to write a story from the perspective of an animal, and to tell a fable involving an African animal."

In addition, Long noted the students were asked to focus on describing objects in detail, using a couple of Hemingway's short stories as models. "I'm most impressed by their ability to deeply read Hemingway," Long surmised. "The students discussed his short stories at a level on par with much older students."

The students taking part in Young Authors 2015 included Logan Ralph, Austin Fair, Emma Graddy, Jacy Featherston, Colton Haywood, Macey Williams, Emma Shaw and Brent Gossett.

The Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and Educational Center is an Arkansas State University Heritage Site, located at 1021 West Cherry Street, Piggott. Tours are conducted on the hour from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturdays.

Those wanting additional information may call the museum at 870 598-3487 or visit them online at

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