Fiction Writing for Digital Publication

    Thursday, October 8, 2015 at 12:00 PM until Thursday, November 5, 2015 at 2:00 PM

    Sarah Lawrence College
    1 Mead Way
    Bronxville, NY 10708
    United States

    Instructor: Tessa McGovern
    Length: 5 sessions, $400 
    Thursdays, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

    Sales of ebooks are projected to quadruple by 2018. But is writing an ebook different from writing for print? What are the hottest trends? Which books and short stories are most popular, and why? How can writers learn from those books in a way that enhances their own original work? Which is best, traditional, Indie or self publishing? And is Amazon the only worthwhile platform, or are there others? We will explore these questions and more as we study the latest digital literary and genre best-sellers. Each class will include the following: instruction on a point of craft (hooking the reader, writing vivid prose, dialogue, narrative pacing, and showing versus telling) as illustrated by today's top authors, in-class exercises to begin new work, prompts for optional at-home assignments, and feedback on your work.

    Tessa MCGovern is an award-winning short-story writer whose many publication credits include the Connecticut Review and the English Arts Council at the Southbank Centre, London. Her linked short story collection, LONDON ROAD: LINKED STORIES, is an Amazon best-seller and gold medal winner in the 2012 eLit Awards. Her non-fiction book, COCKTAILS FOR BOOK LOVERS (Sourcebooks), is also an Amazon best-seller. She is founder and editor of eChook Digital Publishing, publisher of short-story collections and memoirs on iPhone, iPad, Android, Nook and Kindle. 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, an award-winning digital channel that promotes books and reading on all digital platforms and smart TVs. BookGirlTV has over 2 million views on YouTube, 571 subscribers, and is partnered with Disney’s MakerGen Studios. An app called ‘BookGirlTV BUZZ’ is available on Android and iOS. New episodes air Thursdays at 4pm EST.

    eChook and BookGirlTV have 166 million impressions on Facebook, 11,000-plus FaceBook likes and 2,000-plus Twitter followers.


    Registration is no longer available because the event has been cancelled.