Learn How to Link Your Short Stories and Memoirs into a Collection (a Teachable course)

Do you have short stories or memoirs languishing in a drawer or on your computer? Would you like to dust them off and link them into a longer, more meaningful work? Creating your own collection is a delicate, soul-nourishing creative process that provides a snapshot of you, the artist, as you are now. It offers a repeatable pathway to the artist you want to be. It’s also a way to create a longer body of work that can be submitted to traditional publishers or indie published. Your stories are your legacy. Share them with the world.

                                    Kind Words

 “The topic of Tessa’s class had always puzzled me. I had written a series of short-but-true stories, but was entirely stuck on how to put them together. That is, until I studied with Tessa. She brought fresh energy, inspiration, and creative ideas to her workshop. The impossible no longer feels impossible, thanks to Tessa. I am 300% glad to have studied with her.”

Ellen Luborsky, PhD

Student, The Writing Institute, Sarah Lawrence College, NY Fall 2020

“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

Student, The Writing Institute, Sarah Lawrence College, NY

Why Collect Your Short Stories and Memoirs into a Collection?



So many writers let their short stories and memoirs languish on laptops and in drawers. I believe this is a form of self-sabotage. It’s the manifestation of the beliefs, ‘I’m not good enough’ or ‘I’m not talented enough’. But the truth is that writers have been misled. Writing is often a much more involved and lengthy process than we’ve been led to believe. It doesn’t serve publishers (or professional authors, for that matter) to share all the stages of development of their published stories. It undermines the mystique of published stories to show the many layers of revision, editing and polishing. So most writers simply aren’t familiar with the length of the multi-layered process. Instead, they write in fits and starts, unguided in a complex process and, very often, a writer’s faith in themselves just can’t hold out long enough to fully develop their stories. We tend to think, ‘If I can’t make it good enough fast enough, I must not be very good’. Unless we have friends or family who are professional writers, very often we have a flawed understanding of the creative process.



I want to help change that. My mission is to empower writers at all stages of their careers to become their most authentic selves and help them share their writing with the world. After 22+ years of teaching, I’ve developed a system that everyone can follow to write, revise and publish their stories for the world to enjoy. Adopting this system provides a fool-proof way – without delusion or suffering – to develop their art and become the artist they want to be. It can even offer a path to self-acceptance through writing.


Your stories are your art. Your art is your gift, your legacy, to the world. Somewhere, there’s a reader who’s going to be moved – and perhaps changed – by your work.

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Thrive This Winter With Tessa’s Writing Courses on Teachable

How to Link Your Short Stories and Memoirs into a Collection

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How to Write a Short Story or Memoir

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How to Start Your Own Writing Group

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Why Learn With Tessa?

Of all the qualities that contribute to success, I think one of the most important is perseverance. I like to say I am the queen of perseverance (it makes me feel better about myself) and I love to share the mindset tricks that make perseverance in writing a life-enhancing, soul-expanding pleasure.

There are ways we can harvest our own creative process and get back on the writing track after life knocks us off it. We don’t need to beat ourselves up. Empowering writers to do this (and reach their goals) is one of my passions. Over 22+ years of teaching, I’ve developed a life-changing, unique approach to creative writing that I call ‘The Magic Roundabout’. It allows writers to fully develop a story to its highest potential without delusion or suffering. Join my free Tuesday 12-1PM EST writing sprint/AMA to find out more. (Link on the tab ‘Free Zoom sprint’ above.)