NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE: Sarah Lawrence College Writing Class – for the First Time Ever

Posted on 17. Feb, 2012 by in Blog, Press/Events

In response to student request, Tessa Smith McGovern’s class ‘Writing for Digital Media’, held at the Sarah Lawrence College campus in Bronxville, NY is now also available online. SIGN UP OPEN NOW.

Thursday, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
March 1st – May 10th
11 Sessions, $575

Suitable for writers of long or short form, fiction, non-fiction or poetry, beginners to advanced.

The options for writers today can be overwhelming, but there is a system, a series of steps to follow to get published and build your platform, that writers have been using for generations and that you can follow too. There’s no quick fix, no magic bullet, but instead a reliable, life-affirming series of activities that will get you where you want to go.

In this class we will explore how writers can navigate the maze of digital media, focus on their strengths and build their platform in a way that meets their goals. These days, all writers need to build a platform of readers, which means (at some point) creating your own website or blog, and posting excerpts of your work. We’ll consider blogs versus websites, learn how each writer can get published, make the best use of social media and develop and execute their own, long-term Facebook and Twitter strategies.

You will learn:

* The system that until now only been available to writers signed by agents and legacy publishers – as it exists now in the digital age
* Which genre is often the easiest to get published
* How to make your work stand out from the crowd
* Technical apps and digital chapbooks
* Contests that move your career forward

To get the words flowing, we’ll read classic stories that still work in today’s digital world, and do some writing exercises of our own.

There are no prerequisites for this class, but writers should have some knowledge of, and be willing to explore, social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook. Please be prepared to produce new writing, and offer and receive productive critiques.

Tessa Smith McGovern is a short-story writer whose many 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 eChook has thousands of readers in 100+ countries, 26 million impressions on Facebook and 1,100+ Twitter followers.

Also, sign up for eChook’s newsletter ‘LITERARY DELIGHTS’ – enjoy a classic short story and a writing tip that illuminates technique as employed by the author as well as news and calls for submissions. CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP.

2 Responses to “NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE: Sarah Lawrence College Writing Class – for the First Time Ever”

  1. sherri daley 18 February 2012 at 4:34 pm #

    How do I sign up for the on-line classes? I teach school and cannot go to classes on Thursdays during the day.

  2. Tessa 18 February 2012 at 5:48 pm #

    Hi Sherri,

    You would click the link at the top of this page to go to the Sarah Lawrence page. Alternatively, you could paste this link into your browser:

    I look forward to meeting you!


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