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Bruckheimer Series, Friday Writing Prompts

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

Each Friday we post one new writing prompt created by a Sarabande author. Prompts like this one are included in our online Reader's Guides along with discussion questions and suggested reading to accompany each title. So if you can't wait a week for the next prompt, visit our Reader's Guide page to find them all in one place!

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


Submissions to the Bruckheimer Prize are open now until July 31st (with no submission fee!). Visit our Submissions page to read our guidelines and learn how to send in your manuscript. 

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. 

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Linda Bruckheimer Series in Kentucky Literature: Julie Wade

It’s July, and here at Sarabande that means submissions for the Linda Bruckheimer Series in Kentucky Literature are now open!  This year, in addition to searching for new voices in Kentucky literature, we’ll be sharing the stories of past winners on our blog.  Check back throughout the month to see various authors talk about writing in and about Kentucky, and their responses to winning the Bruckheimer.

Here's Julie Marie Wade, author Small Fires (Bruckheimer Award Winner in 2009), has to say:

I became a writer in my home state of Washington, but I became an author in my adopted state of Kentucky.  Ever since I read Brenda Miller’s collection of lyric essays, Season of the Body–the first literary nonfiction book published by Sarabande in 2002–I dreamed of having a book of my own published by Sarabande.  Six years later, my pursuit of a PhD in Interdisciplinary Humanities brought me fortuitously to Louisville, Kentucky, the hometown of Sarabande Books.  At the University of Louisville, I began work on a dissertation that explored the relationship between literary nonfiction and gender & sexuality studies.  While Small Fires did not serve as my dissertation, the essays that comprise the book were mostly written during my early years in the PhD program, where I was bolstered and inspired by the University of Louisville’s intellectual and creative community and also by the many public readings of literary work that take place around the city, including Sarabande’s own 21c Reading Series.  I feel fortunate that the folks at Sarabande recognized me as a “Kentucky writer” early on and extended to my collection of lyric essays the special designation of being a Linda Bruckheimer Series in Kentucky Literature selection.

Small Fires, Julie Marie Wade

This is a daughter’s story. In Small Fires, Julie Marie Wade recreates the landscape of her childhood with a lacemaker’s care, then turns that precise attention on herself. There are floating tea lights in the bath, coddled blossoms in the garden, and a mother straddling her teenage daughter’s back, astringent in hand, to better scrub her not-quite-presentable pores. And throughout, Wade traces this lost world with the same devotion as her mother among her award-winning roses. Small Fires is essay as elegy, but it is also essay as parsing, reconciliation, and celebration, all in the attempt to answer the question—what have you given up in order to become who you are?

For a classroom-ready reader's guide written by the author herself, follow this link, and explore more titles with reader's guides in Sarabande in Education

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