Writing Prompts

A Writing Prompt from Arna Bontemps Hemenway

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This week's prompt comes from Arna Bontemps Hemenway, author of Elegy on Kinderklavier.

Short Story: Minimalist  


  1. A man and a woman are aboard the Titanic.
  2. The woman knows what is about to happen; the man does not.
  3. What happens next?

Rules: Use only two scenes.