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june, 2019

10jun - 14jun 109:00 amjun 14June Writers' Retreat


Event Details

The retreat offers adults the opportunity to work on personal creative writing, share their work, receive feedback, and interact with others interested in writing.  Writers have the opportunity to work in the Barn-Studio where Ernest Hemingway wrote during visits to Piggott.  Not all writers come with something in mind to write, but many do.  The retreat is structured to be interactive, a time when friendships are formed, craft is honed, and creativity is enhanced.

This year’s Hemingway-Pfeiffer Writer-in-Residence Dorene O’Brien will serve as mentor for the retreat.  O’Brien is a Detroit-based creative writing teacher and writer whose stories have won the Red Rock Review Mark Twain Award for Short Fiction, the Chicago Tribune Nelson Algren Award, the New Millennium Writings Fiction Prize, and the international Bridport Prize. She is also an NEA and a Vermont Studio Center creative writing fellow. Her work has been nominated for three Pushcart prizes, has been published in special Kindle editions, and has appeared in the Baltimore Review, Madison Review, Best of Carve MagazineShort Story ReviewSouthern Humanities ReviewDetroit Noir, Montreal Review, Passages North, and others. Voices of the Lost and Found, her first fiction collection, was a finalist for the Drake Emerging Writer Award and won the USA Best Book Award for Short Fiction. Her fiction chapbook, Ovenbirds and Other Stories, won the Wordrunner Chapbook Prize in 2018. Her second full-length collection, What It Might Feel Like to Hope, released in 2019, was named first runner-up in the Mary Roberts Rinehart Fiction Prize and won a gold medal in the Independent Publishers Book Awards (IPPY). She is currently writing a literary/Sci-Fi hybrid novel.

To download a full brochure, click here.


Retreat Topic:  Up in the Attic

Strong feeling often drives us to write and also compels readers to turn pages. Whether sadness or outrage, delight or excitement, readers revel in the emotional energy writers deliver in their work. Where do they find this energy? In the attic, where we’ve stored our most gripping hopes, dreams, fears and experiences. In this workshop we will tap into that storehouse of images and events to generate memorable, authentic and satisfying fiction, poetry and/or essays. This class will feature exercises and prompts that explore a variety of ways to access the emotive hoard and translate it into your writing. Because we are all creatures of story, having lived and shared untold numbers of them, the class will be useful to both beginning and more experienced writers. Come climb into your attic (and perhaps the attics of your characters) to uncover not only what but why you must to pen the story, the essay or the poem that only you can write.



10 (Monday) 9:00 am - 14 (Friday) 3:00 pm


Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and Educational Center

1021 W Cherry, Piggott, AR 72454

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