with Tessa Smith McGovern


Do you have ideas for stories in your head but don’t know where to begin? Or are you just rusty? Would you like to write for the exploding new market of short fiction on mobile phones? Here’s a great way to get your storytelling juices flowing: try your hand at the increasingly popular literary form known as the “short short.”

Short shorts are works of fiction typically from 50 to 2,500 words in length. Quick to write and easy to revise, they are the perfect entry point for novice writers, and stimulating for those with more experience. Trying your hand at the short short is a gentle, fun way to begin writing, or to try something new.

Short short stories are often easier to get published than longer pieces. Literary journals (print and online) can more easily fit a short piece into their pages, and there are literally hundreds of journals looking for work.

Plus, there is an exciting new market for these works: On mobile phones, readers are now buying short stories to read. By the end of 2010, there will be an estimated one billion mobile phones worldwide with internet access. Writers are now, truly, co-creators of the developing literary landscape.

In this interactive three-hour workshop led by Tessa Smith McGovern, a successful English writer who has created her own short story app for the iPhone, iPad and Android, we will refer to classic short shorts by writers such as Jamaica Kincaid, Virginia Woolf, and Raymond Carver. Using prompts and a series of timed exercises, participants will write two to three short pieces which they will be invited (but not required) to share with the group.

Tessa Smith McGovern is an award-winning English short story writer published in the US and the UK. Since her first publication in 1996, she’s been waiting patiently for the rebirth of the paid short story and, thanks the meteoric rise of mobile publishing, her wish has finally been granted. Her short story collection, an app called ‘London Road: Linked Stories’ is available on the iPhone, iPad and Android. She is also the founder of eChook Digital Publishing LLC, which publishes single and multi-author short story apps. More information is available


Saturday, October 16
9 a.m. to 12 noon


Westport Writers’ Workshop, 3 Sylvan Road South, Westport






Please call (203)227-3250 or

And scondly, a presentation to the Connecticut Press Club, October 30th, 2010, 1.30 4.30 pm.

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