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Military Veterans Writing Retreat Set at Hemingway-Pfeiffer


PIGGOTT – In 1928, acclaimed author and Nobel Prize winner 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.

Hemingway’s studio at the Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and Educational Center (HPMEC) is now the site of an all-expense-paid weekend writing retreat for military veterans that will be held Friday through Sunday, Sept. 15-17. Applications are being accepted until Friday, Aug. 25.

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.

Dr. Rob Lamm, professor of English and director of English education at A-State, will serve as mentor for the retreat. Highlights of his career include serving as a visiting professor at the University of Notre Dame, directing the NEA 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 Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and Educational Center writing retreat for military veterans.