1. A free weekly workshop online, Writing Sprints to Prompts, on Tuesdays from 12 noon – 1pm ET for the Westport Library, Westport, CT. (ZOOM LINK BELOW) This is like a write in but with extras… 

We’ll chat for the first few minutes and then I’ll share some prompts and first lines which people can use or ignore. The time can be spent on new words or world-building, revising – anything at all – doesn’t even have to be creative writing. Then we’ll write for 45 minutes, and then in the last 15 mins we’ll discuss writing goals and obstacles (and tips to overcome them) for the coming week, which will include magazine submissions.

Starts Tuesday June 23 2020.

Below is the Zoom link and password. Hope to see you there!

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2. A new weekly online class for The Writing Institute, Sarah Lawrence College called ‘How to Link Your Short Stories and Memoirs into a Collection’ begins Fall 2020. Date and time TBD.





“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 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, Author, How to Make a Life (Oct 2020), a novel in stories.


When her two children were at Staples High School in Westport, CT, she guided them in the creation of original, polished creative writing portfolios that fully expressed their personalities to help their resumes stand out. Colleges want students with grit who will change the world, and that’s what writers can do. Thus, each portfolio showcased qualities such as creativity, commitment to a passion, and the willingness to go above and beyond in the pursuit of that passion. Each portfolio was published and available on their resumes as a link for college admission officers to download and review.

Her son recently graduated from Boston College (2019) and her daughter is a JD/MBA candidate at Boston College.

Tessa is founder of award-winning eChook Digital Publishing which won a gold and a silver in the 2012 eLit Book Awards. She was also host/producer of BookGirlTV (BGTV) from 2014-2016 when a health issue forced a (thankfully temporary) break. BGTV interviews feature popular authors such as Dani Shapiro, Jane Green and Pulitzer prize-winner Anna Quindlen.

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 CT with her family, a black lab, and a black and white Maine Coon who actually can talk.


Her books include two Amazon best-sellers: the short story collection London Road: Linked Stories (British Short Stories category), and Cocktails for Book Lovers, Sourcebooks, Inc (Cocktails/mixed drinks category).

Short Stories


SHORT STORIES: Connecticut Review, Crack the Spine Literary Journal, Evening Street Review,, 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’


For more information, please email tessasmithmcgovern @