If you live in the New York area, Tessa is teaching at Sarah Lawrence College this fall (Sept 2011). Details and sign up link below.
Writing for Digital Media
Fridays: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
September 30 – October 28
5 sessions; Tuition: $280
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 echook.com. The stories—memoir, fiction, and essays—have been read by thousands of readers in 94 countries. eChook has six million impressions on Facebook and 500 Twitter followers.