In Spring 2013, Tessa Smith McGovern will also teach two in-person classes at Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York:
• Writing for Digital Media: Linked Short Stories and Memoirs
Thursday, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
February 14 – March 14
The latest trend is publishing is novels-in-stories, otherwise known as linked short stories. What is a novel-in-stories, 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?
We will explore these questions and more as we study examples like Junot Diaz’s ‘This is How You Lose Her, ‘Alice Mattison’s ‘In Case We’re Separated: Connected Stories’, and Pulitzer Prize winner ‘Olive Kitteridge’ by Elizabeth Strout. Each class will include readings of relevant texts, in-class exercises to produce new work, and prompts for optional at-home assignments.
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• Writing for Digital Media: What Every Author Must Know About Publishing and Self-Publishing
This three-hour workshop will include an overview of today’s publishing options and the possibilities for your writing. is it still worthwhile to approach an agent the way writers always have, or is it better to self-publish and then switch to a legacy or small-press publisher? Or should you resign yourself to self-publishing for all eternity? We’ll discuss the advantages and disadvantages of eafch platform, what the possibilities are for revenue, when to turn a blog into a book, and what your online and professional trajectory could look like over the coming months and years. We’ll discuss the pros and cons of social media and how to build a platform without becoming overwhelmed. Each student will leave the workshop with a written plan for furthering individual projects.
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There are many fine classes at the Writing Institute at Sarah Lawrence College. Browse additional offerings HERE.