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Hemingway-Pfeiffer to Hold Military Veteran Writing Retreat


PIGGOTT, Ark. – In 1928, author Ernest Hemingway penned portions of one of the most enduring war novels in American literature, "A Farewell to Arms," at the home of his second wife Pauline Pfeiffer in Piggott, Ark. 

During the weekend of Aug. 12-14 (Friday through Sunday), Hemingway’s studio will be the site of an all-expense-paid weekend writing retreat for military veterans at the Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum & Educational Center (HPMEC).

Applications are being accepted now until Friday, July 1.  The retreat offers veterans from or living in Arkansas the opportunity to work on personal creative writing, share their work, receive feedback and interact with others interested in writing.  Not all writers come with something in mind to write, but many do.  

The retreat is structured to be interactive, a time when friendships are formed, craft is honed and creativity is enhanced. There is also private writing time, mentoring and group activities.

Dr. Rob Lamm, director of English education at Arkansas State University, will serve as mentor for the retreat for the second straight year. Highlights of his career include serving as a visiting professor at the University of Notre Dame, directing the Northeast Arkansas Writing Project, editing the literary magazine "Arkansas Anthology" and mentoring writers’ retreats at the Hemingway-Pfeiffer Educational Center. 

He presents on many subjects, including “Visual Arguments,” “Humor Writing,” “Writing Poetry” and other forms of creative writing. Wadsworth Publishers, Cengage Learning, published the second edition of his college-level textbook "Dynamic Argument."

For more information or to receive an application, email adamlong@astate.edu or call the museum at (870) 598-3487.

This retreat is held in partnership with the Arkansas Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Rob Lamm
Dr. Rob Lamm, mentor for HPMEC Military Veterans Writers' Retreat