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 most popular class returns this fall: Back to Basics: Exploring the Elements of Creative Writing. Each week we will review one major storytelling element using fun writing exercises and lessons. This writing class is hosted online through The Loft Literary Center.

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.

3 Important Questions to Ask Yourself When Writing Descriptions

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...

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The Simple Way to Be a Writer 24/7

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...

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A Surprising Trick to Write Vivid Description

Each October, the Van Cortlandt Manor, a few miles north of Manhattan, hosts the Great Pumpkin Blaze. We’ve never been able to get tickets—by the time we got around to thinking about autumn and Halloween, it was always sold out. This year we didn’t leave it to chance....

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I believe we learn by practice.

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