Learn How to Link Your Short Stories or Memoirs into a Collection with Tessa Smith McGovern

    Tuesday, February 8, 2022 at 6:30 PM until Tuesday, April 12, 2022 at 8:30 PMEastern Standard Time

    Instructor: Tessa Smith McGovern
    February 8 to April 12, 2022 
    Ten Two hour VIRTUAL sessions on Tuesday
    6:30pm to 8:30pm EST
    Workshop is limited to 12 participants

    Course Description

    A rising trend in publishing is novels-in-stories, otherwise known as linked short stories. If you have short stories or memoirs languishing in a drawer, consider joining this workshop to learn how to link and shape them into a collection. What is a linked short story collection, and how do you write one? Is it the same process as novel-writing, or different? What are the writer's choices for linking short stories? Is one choice simpler than another? Which method of linking short stories would work best for your writing?

    There are many joyous and creative ways to compile a satisfying collection. In this workshop, you will learn to identify how your stories - published or unpublished, typed or handwritten - fit together and how to enhance and deepen the book’s themes. Each class will include in-class exercises to produce new work, time to talk with the teacher about your own work, and prompts for optional at-home assignments.

    You will finish these ten-weeks knowing how to combine shorter works into a collection that is greater than the sum of its parts. This process can be repeated with new work as you continue to write your stories in the coming months and years. It is a way to track your own development as a writer and illuminate who you are - and who you can be - as an artist. Individual advice will be given on submitting your finished result for publication or publishing independently. No homework or reading.

    Who Should Take This Class?

    Anyone with five or more short stories or memoirs who'd like to know how to link them into a collection. Advice will be given as appropriate on writing new stories to shape your collection and we will also discuss elements of craft.             

    Your Instructor

    Tessa Smith McGovern is an award-winning writer whose linked short story collection, LONDON ROAD: LINKED STORIES, received a ‘Featured’ review from Kirkus, is an Amazon best-seller, and a gold medal winner in the 2012 eLit Awards. Her non-fiction book, COCKTAILS FOR BOOK LOVERS (Sourcebooks), is also an Amazon best-seller. Her many publication credits include the Connecticut Review and Equinox, a UK poetry journal archived by the English Arts Council at the Southbank Centre, London. She’s currently writing a contemporary fantasy novel inspired by British mythology and pursuing her MFA in Writing at the Vermont College of Fine Arts.

    She is founder and editor of eChook Digital Publishing. eChook won a silver medal in the 2012 eLit Awards and its stories have been read by thousands of readers in 100+ countries.

    Tessa is also host, writer and producer of BookGirlTV (BGTV), an award-winning digital channel that promotes books and reading. BGTV has 6 million+ minutes viewed on YouTube and 10,000+ likes on Facebook."   


    “The topic of Tessa’s class [How to Link Your Short Stories and Memoirs into a Collection] had always puzzled me. I had written a series of short-but-true stories, but was entirely stuck on how to put them together. That is, until I studied with Tessa. She brought fresh energy, inspiration, and creative ideas to her workshop. The impossible no longer feels impossible, thanks to Tessa. I am 300% glad to have studied with her.” – Ellen Luborsky, Ph.D.

    “Tessa was a remarkable teacher, not just of writing in the digital age, but of the art and craft of writing in general. Her vision was timeless and inspired, and her course was truly life changing for me.” – Jeanne Chinard

    “If you are planning to write for digital media, you must meet Tessa Smith McGovern…Her knowledge of the internet, the publishing world, and the steps to successful digital publishing is current and extensive. She has valuable insight into the psychology of writing and writers.” – Jeanette Gould

    “Tessa Smith McGovern’s class ‘Writing for Digital Media’ is one of the best writing classes I have ever taken...Tessa’s advice and critique of our writing was unfailingly helpful and supportive. Tessa individualized our assignments so that each student made progress in her work. I cannot recommend this class highly enough.” – Florence Reiss Kraut, Author, How to Make a Life (Oct 2020)

    This class was just what I needed. Tessa offers a wealth of practical advice about gathering, writing, editing and organizing short essays or stories into a collection. She gives generous personal feedback on each students’ developing collections. And she offers warm and genuine empathy and support as we encounter the inevitable emotional roadblocks. Also, her enthusiasm is contagious! - Dvora Rabino

    Tessa McGovern offers me the direction, information, process, and encouragement I need to accomplish the creation of a collection. In addition, the class offers me the companionship of other writers with the same mission. - Rosemary Williams (2nd time taking the class)

    Tessa’s class is exactly what I was looking for. Having found it, I could not be more pleased. I feel like I’m continually moving forward toward my goal of publishing a collection. In addition, her guidance and facilitation is such that I feel encouraged on every step of this journey. - Ed Friedman

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    Note: Details about Zoom links and any other information relevant to the workshop will be emailed to you the week before workshops begin. If you have questions about the registration process, please call us at 914-323-6170 or email writinginstitute@sarahlawrence.edu.

    Refund Policy: No refunds are given on one-day intensives, advanced classes, and yearlong classes where space is limited. 100% refund before 1st class, 50% refund after 1st class, no refunds after 2nd class for all other workshops. ALL cancellations and requests for refunds must be received in writing. Please contact writinginstitute@sarahlawrence.edu with questions or to submit a refund request.