Hemingway-Pfeiffer Offers Creative Writers

Kimberly J. Williams
Imagine the opportunity to write in the same space Ernest Hemingway wrote portions of “A Farewell to Arms.” You can at the Hemingway-Pfeiffer Creative Writer’s Retreat in Piggott on June 20-24.

The Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and Educational Center is located in the home and on the grounds that belonged to Paul and Mary Pfeiffer, who became the writer’s in-laws after he married their daughter Pauline in 1927. The Pfeiffer family welcomed Hemingway into their life and their home. Pauline and Ernest visited the home frequently and the Pfeiffers converted a barn behind the home into a studio for Hemingway’s use during his stays. It was here that Hemingway wrote a large portion of one of his most famous novels, A Farewell to Arms, and various short stories.

The Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and Educational Center opened in July 1999. Arkansas State University purchased the historic property in 1997 and the house and the barn were restored and reflect the 1930s era.

The museum’s Creative Writer’s Retreat offers adults the opportunity to work on personal creative writings, share their work with others, receive feedback and interact with others who share a love of writing. Dr. Rob Lamm, who serves as Director of English Education at Arkansas State University, is the professional mentor for the event. Dr. Lamm has taught courses at Notre Dame and will be a “visiting professor” in 2012 at the University of Jilin, China.

Participants will receive in-class writing exercises each day, along with times to read and discuss their work, along with one-on-one mentoring sessions. The retreat is designed to be interactive, allowing the writers to hone their craft and increase their creativity.

Registration is still open. To find out more, log on to http://hemingway.astate.edu or contact the Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum at 870-598-3489.

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