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Writers gather in Piggott for retreat

Fall writers' retreat participants (Source: Arkansas State University) Fall writers' retreat participants (Source: Arkansas State University)
PIGGOTT, AR (KAIT) -

Writers from as far away as Oregon and Florida traveled to Northeast Arkansas to perfect their craft.

Eleven writers honed their skills at the annual Fall Writers’ Retreat at the Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and Educational Center (HPMEC) in Piggott. HPMEC is where Ernest Hemingway wrote much of his iconic novel A Farewell to Arms.

Andrea Hollander of Portland, OR, served as the mentor for the retreat. Her focus for the week, according to a news release from Arkansas State University, was “memory and imagination.” Hollander has penned four full-length poetry collections and won numerous awards, including the Nicholas Roerich Poetry Prize.

Those participating in the retreat began each day with time to write and later came together to share and discuss their work.

The retreat format allowed writers time to focus on their creative interests, to receive feedback, and to form relationships with other writers.

Those participating including Kody Ford of Fayetteville; Pat Laster of Benton; Sandra Harrison of Fisk; Herb Sennett of West Palm Beach, FL; Fay Guinn of Jonesboro; Vicky Braden of Pollard; Gloria Bridges of Paragould; Talya Tate Boerner of Fayetteville; Darla Haas of Maumelle; and Ed Graves of Little Rock.

HPMEC hosts two writers’ retreats each year. The next retreat is scheduled for June 5-9, 2017, with Craig Albin of Springfield, MO, serving as the mentor. For more information, contact the museum at (870) 598-3487 or email Dr. Adam Long, the HPMEC director, at adamlong@AState.edu.

Photo: (Left to right) Bottom Row—Kody Ford (Fayetteville), Pat Laster (Benton), Sandra Harrison (Fisk, Mo.). Second Row—Herb Sennett (West Palm Beach, Fla.), Fay Guinn (Jonesboro), Vicky Braden (Pollard). Third Row—Gloria Bridges (Paragould), Linda Wyss (Piggott), Andrea Hollander (mentor, Portland, Ore.), Back Row—Talya Tate Boerner (Fayetteville), Darla Haas (Maumelle), Ed Graves (Little Rock).

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