Learn How to Link Your Short Stories and Memoirs into a Collection (a self-paced 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 become. 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 writing is often a much more involved process than we’ve been led to believe. It doesn’t serve publishers (or professional authors, for that matter) to share the stages of development of their published stories. It undermines the mystique of award-winning or best-selling novels to show the many layers of editing and revision. So most writers simply aren’t familiar aware of 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.



I want to help change that. My mission is to empower writers to 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 offers a path to self-acceptance through creative writing.


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

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‘Thrive This Winter’ Self-Paced Course Offerings 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 Relax and Write Now

Online Self Paced

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Why Learn With Tessa?

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.

It’s my pleasure to share this with writers in order to nurture their talent, offer structure and guide them to life-enhancing results on their journey of becoming the artist they want to be. It’s also my honor to share this with teachers in the hopes of making creative writing more fun for them and their students.


Tessa Smith McGovern

Award-winning, Amazon-best-selling author and teacher

Tessa’s Writing Journey 

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