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Kurt Vonnegut’s 8 Tips for Writing Short Stories
1. Use the time of a total stranger in such a way that he or she will not feel the time was wasted.
2. Give the reader at least one character he or she can root for.
3. Every character should want something, even if it is only a glass of water.
4. Every sentence must do one of two things – reveal character or advance the action.
5. Start as close to the end as possible.
6. Be a sadist. No matter how sweet and innocent your leading characters, make awful things happen to them – in order that the reader may see what they are made of.
7. Write to please just one person. If you open a window and make love to the world, so to speak, your story will get pneumonia.
8. Give your readers as much information as possible as soon as possible. To heck with suspense. Readers should have such complete understanding of what is going on, where and why, that they could finish the story themselves, should cockroaches eat the last few pages.

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10 Universities Offering Free Writing Courses Online →


Are you an aspiring writer who would love to take some university courses on writing, but don’t have the money to spend on classes?

Well don’t fear.  Here is a list of ten universities who are offering free online writing courses to anyone who wants to through a program called the OpenCourseWare Initiative.

Though on their own they won’t give you any official credits, the courses offered are quite in-depth, some taking up to sixteen weeks to complete and are comparable to the classes one would take in a professional writing degree program.

If you go to the link above, you’ll get more detailed links on these writing courses.  Listed below are the universities offering the free writing courses:

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (mit.edu)
  • Utah State University (usu.edu)
  • Open University (open.ac.uk)
  • University of Utah (utah.edu)
  • University of Massachusetts Boston (umb.edu)
  • Purdue University (owl.english.purdue.edu)
  • Steven Barnes’ UCLA Writing Course (lifewrite.com)
  • News University (newsu.com)
  • E-Zine University (ezineuniversity.com)
  • Wikiversity (wikiversity.org)