Writers Participate In HPMEC Summer Retreat

PIGGOTT, Ark. – Eight talented writers from four states came together June 4-8 to hone their skills and build friendships at the annual Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum & Educational Center (HPMEC) Summer Writers’ Retreat.  The retreat is held at the site where acclaimed author Ernest Hemingway penned much of his iconic novel A Farewell to Arms.

Writers began each day with a workshop, looking at samples of writings from Hemingway and his contemporaries as models for their own work, followed by time to write on the grounds, including in Hemingway’s Barn-Studio.  They enjoyed lunch together at the educational center and ended the afternoon with a group meeting to reflect, share and discuss the processes used by each writer.  The format allowed writers time to focus on their own creative interests, to receive feedback on their work and to form relationships with other writers.

The writers had a special opportunity to work with mentor and the museum’s first writer-in-residence, Kate Osana Simonian.  Simonian was selected from a group of highly qualified applicants from across the country to spend the month of June living and working in the community of Piggott.  This residency was made possible by an underwriting sponsorship from Piggott State Bank.

Cody Knight, president and CEO of PSB, said the bank welcomed the opportunity to sponsor the residency.  “This is a great opportunity to bring a talented writer to our community,” he said.  “The residents of Piggott and the patrons of the museum will have a wonderful resource for the month, and Kate will be able to share our community with others around the world.”   MORE

Designed by Reinhold Technology Solutions