How to Write (and Publish) a Successful Short Story
Do you want to write short stories? Maybe you’ve already written some but you aren’t sure if they work as well as they could? This workshop will teach you how to hook your readers’ attention, keep them reading, and choose the most satisfying ending. It will also teach you how to assess the strengths and weaknesses of your own work so you can revise effectively.
You will learn the following:
- How to come up with memorable story ideas
- How to establish a regular writing routine (includes instruction on using dictation to write)
- How to create dynamic, vivid characters
- Effective openings
- Writing dialogue
- Settings and description
- Submitting to publishers and/or independent publishing
Each class will include fun, in-class exercises to produce new work and prompts for optional at-home assignments. During the workshop, writers are encouraged to read aloud excerpts of their work for review each week, though are not required to do so. Advice on submitting work to a traditional publisher (or indie publishing) will be given as appropriate.
Fairfield County Writers’ Studio co-founder/teacher Tessa Smith McGovern is an award-winning writer whose linked short story collection, LONDON ROAD: LINKED STORIES, received a ‘Recommended’ review from Kirkus and is an Amazon best-seller and 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 the English Arts Council at the Southbank Centre, London. She’s currently writing a contemporary fantasy novel inspired by British mythology.
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 the 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.
Tessa teaches at The Writing Institute, Sarah Lawrence College, N.Y.