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One Day Workshop: Learn How to Link Your Short Stories or Memoirs into a Collection

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CourseGraphic A rising trend in publishing is novels-in-stories, otherwise known as linked short stories. If you have short stories or memoirs languishing in a drawer, consider joining this four-hour workshop to learn how to link and shape them into a collection. What is a linked short story collection, and how do you write one? Is it the same process as novel-writing, or different? What are the writer’s choices for linking short stories? Is one choice simpler than another? Which method of linking short stories would work best for your writing?

There are many joyous and creative ways to compile a satisfying collection. In this workshop, you will learn to identify how your stories – published or unpublished, typed or handwritten – fit together and how to enhance and deepen the book’s themes. 

You will finish this one-day session knowing how to combine shorter works into a collection that is greater than the sum of its parts. This process can be applied to new work as you continue to write your stories in the coming months and years. It is a way to track your own development as a writer and illuminate who you are – and who you can be – as an artist. Individual advice will be given on submitting your finished result for publication or publishing independently. 

Saturday, July 15th 2023
11:00 AM to 3:00 PM EST
on Zoom

Who Should Take This Class?

Anyone with five or more short stories or memoirs who'd like to know how to link them into a collection. Advice will be given as appropriate on writing new stories to shape your collection and we will also discuss elements of craft.             


“The topic of Tessa’s class [How to Link Your Short Stories and Memoirs into a Collection] 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, Ph.D.

“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

“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

“Tessa Smith McGovern’s class ‘Writing for Digital Media’ is one of the best writing classes I have ever taken...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)

Tessa McGovern offers me the direction, information, process, and encouragement I need to accomplish the creation of a collection. In addition, the class offers me the companionship of other writers with the same mission. - Rosemary Williams (2nd time taking the class)

Tessa’s class is exactly what I was looking for. Having found it, I could not be more pleased. I feel like I’m continually moving forward toward my goal of publishing a collection. In addition, her guidance and facilitation is such that I feel encouraged on every step of this journey. - Ed Friedman

Class Details

1 Session(s)
Weekly - Sat

SLC Virtual

Tessa Smith McGovern 



Schedule Information

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s) Instructional Method
7/15/2023 - 7/15/2023 Weekly - Sat 11:00 AM - 03:00 PM N/A - Online Tessa Smith McGovern  Online - Virtual