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.

Need a creative boost in 2018? My online class The Writer’s Muse: Explorations in Creativity will help you sharpen your writing practice by cultivating your curiosity and powers of observation to get words on the page. Class begins January 24 for 6 weeks.

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.

Eighth Annual Great Books to Give…and Get

Books make great gifts! If you've got a long list of people to buy for this holiday season and no idea what to get them, here are a few suggestions from books I enjoyed this year, plus a sneak peak to a special free offer at the end. 12 Recommended Books of the Year...

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Create Immersive Setting and Place in Just 5 Days

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...

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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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All you have to do is write one true sentence.
Write the truest sentence that you know.

Ernest Hemingway

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