HPMEC Hosts Fall Retreat

Wednesday, December 23, 2015
The writers from the group gather with Carr (front, center with scarf) on the grounds of the museum at the conclusion of this year's fall retreat.(courtesy photo)

A fall tradition continued the first week of November, as the Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and Educational Center hosted one of its annual writer's retreats. A total of 17 writers, representing seven states, convened at the museum for the retreat. They spent the week working to improve their skills with an emphasis on Hemingway's dramatic point of view, and F. Scott Fitzgerald's first-person observer view, as written in The Great Gatsby.

Workshop facilitator, and mentor, Pat Carr has published 16 books, including The Death of a Confederate Colonel, winner of the Penn Southwest Fiction Award, and The Women in the Mirror, an Iowa fiction prize winner.

During the conference she spoke to the group about the craft, and the man who made the local home famous. "Hemingway once said,' It's none of people's business that you have to learn to write. Let them think you were born that way," she offered. "It's been a real treat for me to be with these 17 serious writers who are writing with such honesty and authenticity that people will think they were born that way."

The Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and Education Center is an AState Heritage Site, and hosts a variety of events each year. The offerings include writer's retreats for adults, young author's workshops, an annual student art exhibition and a short fiction competition for university students.

Those wanting additional information may contact director Adam Long at 870 598-3487.

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