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Hemingway-Pfeiffer Center Plans Creative Writers' Retreat


PIGGOTT –The Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum & Educational Center (HPMEC) has announced dates for its fall 2012 Creative Writers’ Retreat for adults, Nov. 5-9.  The retreat will be held in the Educational Center and the Hemingway Barn-Studio and will offer adults the opportunity to work on personal creative writing under the direction of a professional mentor. 

Jo McDougall of Leawood, Kan., will serve as mentor for the retreat.  A native of DeWitt, she has published five books of poetry.  She is a graduate of the University of Arkansas MFA writing program and is associate professor emeritus of English at Pittsburg State University in Kansas, where she co-directed the creative writing program for 11 years.  

She works as a visiting writer and workshop director and offers a mentoring service for poets and writers.  McDougall has received awards from the DeWitt Wallace/Reader’s Digest Foundation and the Academy of American Poetry and fellowships from the MacDowell Colony.  She was recently named to the Arkansas Writers Hall of Fame.

Creative 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, contact adamlong@astate.edu or call the museum at 870-598-3487.

HPMEC is an Arkansas State University Heritage Site at 1021 W. Cherry Street, Piggott, Arkansas.  Tours are on the hour Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Saturday 1-3 p.m.

Registration is $150 by Oct. 26 and $175 thereafter; lunch and breaks are included.  Teachers interested in in-service opportunities associated with the retreat should contact the museum.

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