Online Writing Coach

Tessa is available online to work with writers in the following areas:

Creative writing for teens, including ‘Create a Writing Portfolio for Your College Application’

Creative writing for adults from first draft to revision, and publication to marketing


Building an author platform


Traditional publishing

Marketing your work

Please email tessasmithmcgovern @ to enquire.


Tessa Smith McGovern is a best-selling Amazon author (fiction and non-fiction) and online writing teacher who teaches ‘Ace the Common App: Enhance Your College Application by adding ‘Published Author’ to Your Resume’.

When Tessa’s 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 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’s taught creative writing and/or digital publishing at the following:

Teacher, Writing Institute, Sarah Lawrence College, NY (2010-present)
Co-founder/teacher at The Fairfield County Writers’ Studio, Westport, CT (2016 to present)
Workshop leader at Long Lots Elementary and Bedford Middle School, Westport, CT.

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).

She was also host/producer of BookGirlTV (BGTV) from 2014-2016 when a serious (thankfully temporary) health issue forced a 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 YA urban 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.

For more information, please email tessasmithmcgovern @


“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 the 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. In her classes at Sarah Lawrence College, she can be charming and encouraging, while holding a writer’s feet to the fire.” – Jeanette Gould

“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