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

    Wednesday, October 7, 2020 at 6:30 PM until Wednesday, November 4, 2020 at 8:30 PMEastern Daylight Time

    Instructor:  Tessa McGovern
    2 hour session on Wednesdays
    Five VIRTUAL workshop dates as follows:
    October 7 to November 4
    Workshop is limited to 15 registrants

    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 In this workshop, you will learn to identify how your stories - published or unpublished, typed or handwritten - fit together and how to enhance and deepen the book’s themes.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 five-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.

    Tessa Smith McGovern is an award-winning writer whose linked short story collection, LONDON ROAD: LINKED STORIES, received a 'Recommended' review from Kirkus and 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. Her many publication credits include the Connecticut Review and 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.

    Registration is no longer available because the registration deadline has passed.