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.
My NEW online class starts December 4. Writing About Place: Five Days to Immersive Setting is a deep dive with lessons and explorations designed to make your story’s setting memorable and vivid. Early bird registration is open now!
If you’ve been hanging around the writers’ water cooler for a bit, there’s no doubt you’ve heard the term “worldbuilding” followed by the names Rowling or Tolkien spoken in hushed, reverential tones. You may have wondered, “What is it? Do I need it? If so, how do I...read more
I've always thought screenwriters have it easy when writing descriptions. Creating a vivid setting in a movie is much quicker than on the page. On the screen, a ten-second pan of the camera gives the viewer everything she needs to know. This would take pages and pages...read more
Recently I went hiking at Mashomack Preserve on Shelter Island. Mashomack encompasses one-third of the island including woodlands, marshes, ponds, coastline, and grasslands. As pristine as it is, I began my hike with a lot on my mind. My thoughts were spiraling around...read more