Write Like a Human Being. Write Like a Writer.
Vonnegut’s Advice to His Students
by Suzanne McConnell
July 20th 4-6pm EST
Human beings are playful, rigid, soulful, vapid, cruel, kind, stingy, generous…you name it. To write like a human being is to allow yourself to be one, exactly as you are, in all your inglorious glory. It is to allow the people you write about to have their magnificence and their failings, and to dignify them through compassion.
To be a professional writer requires an addictive passion and pleasure in getting the words right, in the service of the deep desire to tell what you want to tell that you think others ought to hear.
We’ll discuss these ideas a bit. When you sign up, you’ll be given exercises to do and share at our session, taken from Chapters 27, “Prose the Audial” and 31, “Much Better Stories: Re-vision and Revision” in the paperback of Pity the Reader: On Writing with Style by Kurt Vonnegut and Suzanne McConnell. There’s no requirement to read these, but you are invited to do so if you’d like.
– Author, Pity The Reader: On Writing with Style
– B.A. in Sociology from the University of Arkansas
– MFA in Fiction Writing from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop
Twice nominated for the Pushcart Prize, her stories, essays, and poems have appeared in publications such as The Huffington Post, Provincetown Arts, The Brooklyn Rail, The Water~Stone Review, Per Contra, The Hamilton Stone Review and The Saint Ann’s Review to name a few. McConnell taught writing and literature at Hunter College for thirty years, was the Scholar Facilitator for New Jersey’s Literature and Medicine programs at the University of Medicine and Dentistry and at the Department of Veteran Affairs, and an editor and writing coach for Greenline Publishing Consultants. Since 2006 she has been Fiction Editor for the Bellevue Literary Review. Her stories have won First Prize in the New Ohio Review’s Fiction Contest, First Prize in Prime Number Magazine’s Flash Fiction Contest, and an excerpt from her novel, Fence of Earth, won Second Prize in So To Speak‘s Fiction Contest, and was a finalist for the James Fellowship for Novel in Progress. She has held residencies at the Ucross Foundation, Dorland Mountain Arts Colony, and Villa Montalvo Center for the Arts.