Kurt Vonnegut published 14 novels, three short story collections, five plays, and five works of non-fiction and once said, “When I write, I feel like an armless, legless man with a crayon in his mouth.” This six week online class uses the snarky wisdom of Kurt Vonnegut’s “8 Rules of Writing a Good Story” to help you bump the quality of your fiction up a notch—go from meh to good, good to great, or great to extraordinary. Whatever your skill or experience level, this course is designed to give you accessible tools to make your writing soar. On-line written lectures and writing assignments on topics such as character, audience, and conflict, inspired by one of America’s most beloved writers, will support the evolution of your writing craft. Weekly virtual meetings give students an opportunity to discuss topics, ask questions, and receive feedback on their submissions. In the words of Vonnegut himself, “We have to continually be jumping off cliffs and developing our wings on the way down.” Leap off the edge and watch your writing take flight.
Arlaina Tibensky is the author of the young adult novel, And Then Things Fall Apart, a Junior Library Guild Selection, and an ALA/YALSA Reader’s Choice nominee for realistic fiction. Other work can be found in One Teen Story, One Story, Inkwell, McSweeney's Internet Tendency, The Madison Review, and once on The Dinner Party Download on NPR. She’s taught adult and actual teenagers in workshops throughout New York city, has an MFA from Columbia University, and has been recognized by the Sustainable Arts Foundation, the New York Foundation for the Arts and The Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance.