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Writers’ Retreats

The Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and Educational Center holds two Writers’ Retreats annually. These retreats offer writers the opportunity to work with professional mentors, to network with other writers, and to build lasting relationships. Throughout the retreats, writers have the opportunity to work in Hemingway’s Barn Studio. Participants come from all backgrounds and experience levels. Not all come with something in mind to write, but many do. And, of course, we invite all of our past participants who become published to return for a reading and to celebrate with us.

Hemingway Pfeiffer Summer Writers’ Retreat:   June 4-8, 2018

Kate Osana Simonian, Hemingway-Pfeiffer’s Inaugural Writer-in-Residence, will serve as mentor for the retreat.  She is an Armenian-Australian essayist, short story writer, and novelist hailing from Sydney. She is on a Presidential Fellowship at Texas Tech, where she is completing a Creative Writing PhD. She holds an MFA in Fiction from Brooklyn College (CUNY) and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Technology Sydney.  Her work has been published by, or is forthcoming in, Kenyon Review Online, Colorado Review, Ninth Letter, Passages North, Post Road, The Chicago Tribune, and Best Australian Stories. She has won various honors, including the Nelson Algren Award, a Truman Capote Fellowship, and a Tennessee Williams Scholarship to Sewanee Writer’s Conference. Along with acting as an associate editor for Iron Horse, she is the fiction editor for Opossum: A Literary Marsupial, a journal on the intersection of literature and music.

You can download the June 2018 Writers’ Retreat Registration as a .pdf below. If you do not have Adobe Acrobat reader, you can download the free .pdf viewer here.

June 2018 Retreat

Recent Mentors

Pat CarrPat Carr, serving as mentor for the retreat, holds a B.A. and M.A. from Rice, a Ph.D. from Tulane and has taught writing and literature in universities and workshops across the country. She’s published sixteen books, including The Women in the Mirror, winner of the prestigious Iowa Fiction Award, and Death of a Confederate Colonel, winner of both the PEN Southwest Fiction Award and John Estes Cooke Civil War Fiction Award, and she has over a hundred short stories published in such places as The Southern Review and Best American Short Stories. Her most recent books are a memoir, One Page at a Time (2010), a how-to text, Writing Fiction with Pat Carr (2010), a novella, The Radiance of Fossils (2012), and a collection of short stories, The House of Prytania (2014).


Andrea HollanderAndrea Hollander is the author of four full-length poetry collections: Landscape with Female Figure: New & Selected Poems, a finalist for the Oregon Book Award; Woman in the Painting; The Other Life; and House Without a Dreamer, which won the Nicholas Roerich Poetry Prize. Other honors include an Oregon Literary Fellowship, two Pushcart Prizes (in poetry and prose memoir), the D. H. Lawrence Fellowship, the Runes Poetry Prize, two poetry fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, and two from the Arkansas Arts Council. Her poems and essays have appeared in numerous anthologies, college textbooks, and literary journals. For twenty-two years she served as the Writer-in-Residence at Lyon College, where she was awarded the Lamar Williamson Prize for Excellence in Teaching. She lives in Portland, Oregon, where she teaches workshops at the Attic Institute and Mountain Writers Series. Her website is


craig-albinC.D. Albin will serve as mentor for the retreat. Albin was born and reared in West Plains, Missouri. He earned a Doctor of Arts in English from the University of Mississippi and has taught for many years at Missouri State University—West Plains, where he founded and edits Elder Mountain: A Journal of Ozarks Studies. He is the author of the story collection Hard Toward Home (Press 53, 2016), and his fiction, poems, and reviews have appeared in a number of periodicals, including Arkansas Review, Cape Rock, Georgia Review, Harvard Review, Natural Bridge, and Slant.


Garry Craig Powell grew up in England and attended the universities of Cambridge and Durham, and later, the University of Arizona. He has lived in Spain and Portugal, Poland and the United Arab Emirates, which is the setting for his novel-in-stories, Stoning the Devil (Skylight Press, 2012), which was long-listed for the Frank O’ Connor Short Story Award and the Edge Hill Short Story Prize.  The book has been described as “mesmerizing” by both George Singleton and Naomi Shihab Nye. His short stories have appeared in Best American Mystery Stories 2009, McSweeney’s, Nimrod, New Orleans Review and other literary magazines, and he has been awarded fellowships by the Writers Colony at Dairy Hollow, the Hambidge Foundation, and the Arkansas Arts Council. Garry Craig Powell is an Associate Professor in the Writing Department at the University of Central Arkansas, where he teaches creative writing to undergraduates and graduate students, and he is completing a historical novel about the life of Gabriel D’ Annunzio, Italy’s greatest poet, playwright, playboy, and war hero in the early twentieth century–and also, arguably, the “John the Baptist” of the Fascist movement. For more information, see his website,


Mark SpencerMark Spencer’s most recent novel is Ghost Walking, a follow-up to his bestseller A Haunted Love Story: The Ghosts of Allen House. His 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. His work has received the Faulkner Society Faulkner 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. He is Dean of the School of Arts and Humanities and Professor of Creative Writing in the MFA program at the University of Arkansas at Monticello.


Professor Robert Lamm serves as Director of English Education at Arkansas State University. Highlights of his career include serving as a visiting professor at the University of Notre Dame, directing the NEA Writing Project, editing the literary magazine Arkansas Anthology, and mentoring writers’ retreats at the Hemingway-Pfeiffer Educational Center. He presents on many subjects, including “Visual Arguments,” “Humor Writing,” “Writing Poetry,” and other forms of creative writing. The second edition of his college-level textbook Dynamic Argument was published last January by Wadsworth Publishers, Cengage Learning.




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