Veterans share their experiences at writers' retreat

Veterans share their experiences at writers' retreat

PIGGOTT, AR (KAIT) - Ernest Hemingway wrote much of his iconic war novel, A Farewell to Arms, while visiting his then-wife's family in Piggott.

So it was only fitting that 13 veterans would gather to hone their writing skills and form a community at the site.

This past weekend the Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and Educational Center (HPMEC) held a writing retreat for military veterans.

Dr. Rob Lamm of Arkansas State University served as the retreat's mentor.

"This was our first retreat attended exclusively by veterans," Lamm said. "Many wrote on their experiences in the service like boot camp, deployments—including Vietnam, Afghanistan, Iraq and Guantanamo Bay—and missions almost anywhere in the world."

Writers began each day with writing exercises, according to a news release from A-State, and often looked at samples of Hemingway's writing as models for their own. Each afternoon ended with a group meeting to reflect, share and discuss the processes used by each writer.

Between formal meetings, the writers had time to work individually, often in the same rooms where Hemingway wrote.

The next writers' retreat is scheduled for Nov. 2-6 with Pat Carr of Fayetteville serving as mentor.

For more information on HPMEC and the retreats, call (870) 598-3487 or email HPMEC director Dr. Adam Long at

Photo (front row from left): Front Row From Left:  Jerry Davis (Hot Springs Village), Rob Lamm (Jonesboro), Pamela Kay (Brookland), April Mancias (Marmaduke), Alex Vernon (Little Rock). Back Row:  Rochelle Bohannon (North Little Rock), Norris Norman (Paragould), Fred Worfe (Sherwood), Matthew Windsor (Conway), Jerrod Ward (Blytheville), Carmie Henry (Little Rock), Ron Miller (Jonesboro), Rich Carvell (Jonesboro), Nate Jordon (Harrison).

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