Mark Spencer, a best-selling author and dean of the School of Arts and Humanities at the University of Arkansas at Monticello, will serve as mentor for a week-long writers’ retreat at the Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and Educational Center in Piggott June 6-10.
The center is operated by Arkansas State University and includes the residence where Ernest Hemingway wrote his novel A Farewell to Arms. The property was owned by the parents of Hemingway’s second wife, Pauline Pfeiffer, an editor for Vogue magazine in Paris. The Hemingways lived in Piggott for much of 1928 and 1929 before purchasing their home in Key West, Fla.
Spencer will conduct daily sessions on the craft of writing. His most recent novel, Ghost Walking, is a follow-up to his bestseller A Haunted Love Story: The Ghosts of Allen House. His other books include The Weary Motel, Love and Reruns in Adams County, The Masked Demon, and the short-story collection Wedlock and Trespassers. His work has received the Faulkner Society’s 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.
In addition to serving as dean of arts and humanities, Spencer is professor of creative writing in UAM’s master of fine arts program.