Follow Along With “Writing for Digital Media” class at Sarah Lawrence College

Posted on 03. Oct, 2011 by in Blog

Follow along with Tessa’s 5-week class 9/30/11 – 10/28/11: “Writing for Digital Media” at Sarah Lawrence College:

Class has begun and, each week in Story Studio (sign up top right of page), I’ll be posting the answers to some questions that students are asking. Topics will include starting – and growing – your Twitter account, linking your Tweets to Facebook, how to determine your focus as a writer, how writing can make every day feel like Christmas (sounds crazy, I know, but it’s possible), options for getting published, building a platform and getting paid.

STUDENTS: Access the Sarah Lawrence College ‘Writing for Digital Media’ page HERE.


If you live in the New York area, Tessa is teaching at Sarah Lawrence College. Details and sign up link below.


Fridays: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
September 30 – October 28
5 sessions; Tuition: $280
Register online»

In this workshop we’ll explore the multiple platform options for writers today, both paid and free, from iPhones to tablets to Web-based writing, and the differences between long-form and short-form writing. Short creative writing—fiction, nonfiction, memoir, and essay—has developed into a distinct form with its own specific demands. People are reading anywhere and everywhere, and distractions are rife—how can writers produce work that captures their attention from the first sentence and holds it till the last?

To get the words flowing, we’ll read stories that have been published by various digital platforms and write some of our own. We’ll consider best practices on Facebook and Twitter, and how authors can make effective use of social media.

There are no prerequisites for this class, but writers should come ready to embrace new ideas, produce new writing, and offer and receive productive critiques. Please bring your laptops.

Tessa Smith McGovern is a short-story writer whose numerous publication credits include the Connecticut Review and the English Arts Council at the Southbank Centre, London. She is founder and editor of eChook Digital Publishing, which publishes short-story collections on multiple platforms: iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Android, Nook, and Kindle, as well as original Web-based stories at The stories—memoir, fiction, and essays—have been read by thousands of readers in 90 countries. eChook has six million impressions on Facebook and 500 Twitter followers.


Short creative writing – fiction, non-fiction, memoir and essay – has developed into a distinct form with its own specific demands. These days, people are reading anywhere and everywhere; on the train, in the car, standing in line, and they’re reading in new ways; on an e-reader, computer, tablet, or a phone. They may only have ten minutes to read, and may be distracted by the ping of an incoming email or the latest funny video on the internet.

How can writers produce work that grabs the reader’s attention no matter where or how they’re reading? How can writers pierce a reader’s consciousness, capture their attention from the first sentence, and hold it till the last?

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