Tessa Smith McGovern is an author and writing teacher. She writes fantasy, women’s fiction and literary short stories.
Tessa has taught writing for 22 years and, for the last ten years, at the Writing Institute, Sarah Lawrence College, NY. Her upcoming class there, ‘How to Link Your Short Stories and Memoirs into a Collection’, begins September 2021 (date TBA).
She teaches two free Zoom writing sprints with prompts/Q&A on Tuesdays at 12 noon PM EST and Weds at 7 PM EST. In her teaching, she invites writers to apply the principles of loving-kindness meditation to their writing process which results in better memory, focus, and productivity. Please sign up to receive the Zoom links by clicking above on the ‘Newsletter’ tab to enter your details.
Tessa is an award-winning writer whose linked short story collection, LONDON ROAD: LINKED STORIES, received a ‘Featured’ review from Kirkus, is an Amazon best-seller, and a gold medal winner in the 2012 eLit Awards. Her non-fiction book, COCKTAILS FOR BOOK LOVERS (Sourcebooks), is also an Amazon best-seller. Her many publication credits include the Connecticut Review and Equinox, a UK poetry journal archived by the English Arts Council at the Southbank Centre, London. She’s currently writing a contemporary fantasy novel inspired by British mythology and pursuing her MFA in Writing at the Vermont College of Fine Arts.
She is founder and editor of eChook Digital Publishing. eChook won a silver medal in the 2012 eLit Awards and its stories have been read by thousands of readers in 100+ countries.
Tessa is also host, writer and producer of BookGirlTV (BGTV), an award-winning digital channel that promotes books and reading. BGTV has 6 million+ minutes viewed on YouTube and 10,000+ likes on Facebook.
She teaches at the following places:
1. On Tuesdays at 12 noon EST and Wednesdays at 7 PM EST Zoom for the Westport Library, Westport, CT (Free and open to all writers, wherever you live)
2. The Writing Institute, Sarah Lawrence College, NY
Tessa was born in England, moved to the United States in 1993, and published her first short story in 1996. She’s currently working on a contemporary fantasy novel with talking animals that’s inspired by British folklore. She lives in Connecticut with her family, a black lab, and a black and white Maine Coon who’s the inspiration for a character in her novel-in-progress.
KIND WORDS FROM STUDENTS
“Tessa was a remarkable teacher, not just of writing in the digital age, but of the art and craft of writing in general. Her vision was timeless and inspired, and her course was truly life changing for me.” – Jeanne Chinard, The Writing Institute, Sarah Lawrence College, NY
“If you are planning to write for the digital media, you must meet Tessa Smith McGovern…Her knowledge of the internet, the publishing world, and the steps to successful digital publishing is current and extensive. She has valuable insight into the psychology of writing and writers.” – Jeanette Gould, The Writing Institute, Sarah Lawrence College, NY
“Tessa Smith McGovern’s class ‘Writing for Digital Media’ is one of the best writing classes I have ever taken. In addition to teaching us step by step how to blog and tweet and link our pieces to Facebook so we could truly begin to build a platform for publishing, Tessa’s advice and critique of our writing was unfailingly helpful and supportive. Tessa individualized our assignments so that each student made progress in her work. I cannot recommend this class highly enough.” – Florence Reiss Kraut, The Writing Institute, Sarah Lawrence College, NY
For more information, please email tessasmithmcgovern @ gmail.com
SHORT STORIES: Connecticut Review, Crack the Spine Literary Journal, Evening Street Review, CellStories.net, The Dirty Goat, RiverSedge, Studio One, The Distillery, BCtheMagazine, Happy, Georgia State University Review, Portland Magazine
BOOKS: Cocktails for Booklovers, 2014, Sourcebooks Inc, London Road: Linked Stories, 2011, eChook Digital Publishing
SHORT STORIES: First Offense, Carillon, Lucid Moon, Equinox (archived by the English Arts Council, Southbank Center, London)
2011 – Silver Medal (Editor), eLit Book Awards, ‘Memoir, Vol. 1’, eChook Digital Publishing
2011 – Gold Medal, eLit Book Awards, ‘London Road: Linked Stories, eChook Digital Publishing
2009 – Winner, Connecticut Press Club Creative Writing, ‘When Janice Bailey Walked’
2005-2008 – Honored Writer, the Annual Ultra-Short Competition of the Binnacle (University of Maine at Machias)
1996 – Honorable Mention, the Abiko Quarterly with James Joyce Studies, ‘Night of Glass’