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How it all began...

Years ago my writing group instructor gave us the assignment to write a Drabble. "A what?" we asked. “Oh, that will be easy,” I thought. Well, one week after struggling, and struggling even more, to compose an intriguing but concise story of exactly 100 words—no more, no less—I fell in love with the form. Now, more than a decade later, I’ve published my first book—A Twist of Lemon—and have become passionate about inspiring others to venture into this little-known but incredibly fun and challenging form of microfiction.

What could you do with 100 words, I wonder?

(By the way, you just read a Drabble!)

Praise for...A Twist of Lemon


READERS' Favorite

Absolutely brilliant!

With each short story,

I was held breathless, often

not expecting the ending.

You will not

be disappointed!


AMAZON Readers

Filled with surprise twists that keep you wanting more... 


These gems were like Lays Potato Chips-you can't read just one!


NEW! Drabble Writing Workshop

Sundays and Wednesdays

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An Interview with Arlene Duane Hemingway

ickedly funny, suspenseful, intense, and intriguing, you will be immediately drawn into to these one hundred word stories—aka


“drabbles”—masterfully crafted by Arlene Duane Hemingway. Every word has been carefully chosen for style and content to create mesmerizing tales and characters. Covering a range of topics and emotions, this collection of 100 of the briefest narratives provide plenty of food for thought with enough love, hatred, malice, surprise, humor, deception, reckoning, treachery, and mystery, for all. If this is your first experience with microfiction, you will soon be hooked. If you are already a fan of the genre, prepare to be delighted. 


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for an unusual time...

Through my Eyes

Change embodies hope for new beginnings—corrected failings and brighter tomorrows. Our nation seeks to unify and reinstate its position as a beacon of light; but name-calling and denying other’s beliefs, experiences, and wisdom makes this less plausible.


The Zulu phrase, Sawubona, can serve as a reuniting force. It means I see you, and speaks to something missing for eternities—deep regard for the value and importance of all. It implies graciousness in every encounter—a path for only the most intrepid lover.


With any luck, “Rocky Road” will soon refer only to ice cream consumed at crowded, mask-less gatherings.

~ Arlene D. Hemingway

"As a Psychosynthesis Coach, I appreciate this art form and offer it as an example of how self-expression is multi-faceted and can be experienced through many different avenues, such as creative writing, painting, sculpture, physical exercise, dance, etc.  These ways of expressing Self not only have the power to heal the Self, but function as a catalyst in healing others as one recognizes Self in the work of others." ~ Ann D'Angelo, BCC
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