Writer, Editor & Instructor

Jacquelin Cangro is an experienced freelance writer, editor, and workshop leader. Jackie is the editor of the essay collection The Subway Chronicles: Scenes from Life in New York (Plume). Her short stories and articles have been published in literary journals and magazines. She helps writers craft their work through classes, one-on-one editing, and coaching.

Good stories are a combination of the three Cs—curiosity, connection, and conscious attention. These are your greatest assets as a writer. I invite you to make the most of these resources to ask the most important questions all storytellers should ask.

Want to create a setting that feels like another character ins your story? My online class Writing About Place: Five Days to Immersive Setting will give you actionable steps to develop setting that transports your readers. Available right now, on demand.

I love editing. I love working with writers to help them polish their manuscripts. I love digging into a story to dust off the dirt and find the gem buried beneath. Whether you’re an experienced writer or just getting started, see how I can help you make your story sing.

The Art of Withholding Information from the Reader

I was at a writing group recently when a fellow writer felt a few scenes in her novel were dragging. She was concerned readers would be bored. (The death knell for a novel!) The solution, she decided, was to create a bit of intrigue and drama. To do that, she is...

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How to Read Like a Writer

In a class I was teaching recently, a student asked me an unexpected question: How do I read more effectively? He told me he loved reading and he certainly had opinions about the books he read, but he didn't know how to translate those opinions into a method to...

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Research Your Novel and Stay Sane

At some point when you're writing your novel, you'll realize you need to look outside of yourself and your characters for answers. This is true for all genres—historical, sci-fi, contemporary. Even memoir writers don't completely escape the long arm of research. My...

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I believe we learn by practice.

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