A Writing Prompt from Arna Bontemps Hemenway, AUTHOR OF ELEGY ON KINDERKLAVIER

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Today's writing prompt comes from Arna Bontemps Hemenway, author of Elegy on Kinderklavier, winner of the 2012 Linda Bruckheimer Prize in Kentucky Literature. 

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Ode to Wikipedia

1. Using Google, compile a list (from other lists) of the strangest Wikipedia articles in existence. Find ones that interest you, paying special attention to odd historical events.

2. Research one such event; from that research identify a single main character (he/she/it may have to be created from whole cloth) that you are confused or intrigued by.

3. Using the historical event as a triggering premise, create three scenes that allow you to discover something about this character that you did not know when you began writing him/her/it. Pay no attention to narrative arc or plot.