Author to lead Hemingway-Pfeiffer writers' retreat

Author to lead Hemingway-Pfeiffer writers' retreat

PIGGOTT, AR (KAIT) - Award-winning author Mark Spencer will serve as mentor for the Summer 2016 Writers' Retreat at the Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and Educational Center (HPMEC) in Piggott.

His most recent novel is Ghost Walking, a follow-up to his bestseller A Haunted Love Story: The Ghosts of Allen House.

Spencer's other books include the novels The Weary Motel, Love and Reruns in Adams County, The Masked Demon, and the short story collections Wedlock and Trespassers.

He has won the Faulkner Society Award for the Novel, the Omaha Prize for the Novel, the Bradshaw Book Award, the Cairn/St. Andrews Press Short Fiction Award and four special mentions in Pushcart Prize.

In addition to his writing, Spencer serves as dean of the School of Arts and Humanities and professor of creative writing in the Master of Fine Arts program at the University of Arkansas-Monticello.

The interactive writers' retreat will be held June 6-10.

Registration is $200 by May 27 or $225 thereafter. Lunch and breaks are included.

The retreat will feature group activities, private writing time and mentoring. Writer-contributed stories, poems, and essays will be published on-site in a spiral-bound souvenir anthology for each participant.

For more information or to register, visit or call the museum at (870) 598-3487.

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

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