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Annual Summer Writers’ Retreat Scheduled for June


PIGGOTT – The Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and Educational Center (HPMEC) in Piggott will hold its Summer 2016 Writers’ Retreat, Monday through Friday, June 6-10. The retreat is in the Educational Center and the Hemingway Barn-Studio, 1021 W. Cherry Street in Piggott, and will offer writers the opportunity to work under the direction of a professional mentor.

Registration is $200 by May 27 or $225 thereafter. Lunch and breaks are included. Teachers interested in in-service opportunities associated with the retreat should contact Dr. Adam Long, director of the museum, at (870) 598-3487 or through email at adamlong@AState.edu.

Mark Spencer will serve as mentor for the June retreat.  His most recent novel is Ghost Walking, a follow-up to his bestseller A Haunted Love Story: The Ghosts of Allen House. His other books include the novels The Weary Motel, Love and Reruns in Adams County, The Masked Demon, and the short-story collections Wedlock and Trespassers.

His work has received the Faulkner Society Faulkner Award for the Novel, the Omaha Prize for the Novel, the Bradshaw Book Award, the Cairn/St. Andrews Press Short Fiction Award and four special mentions in Pushcart Prize. He is Dean of the School of Arts and Humanities and professor of Creative Writing in the Master of Fine Arts program at the University of Arkansas-Monticello.

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

For more information or to receive a brochure, visit hemingway.AState.edu or call the museum at 870-598-3487.

HPMEC is an Arkansas State University Heritage Site. Tours are on the hour Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday 1-3 p.m.

Mark Spencer
Mark Spencer — Mentor for Summer Writers' Retreat