Hi. I’m Jackie.
Writers who wanted to expand their understanding of the craft to take their stories to the next level.
Writers who benefited from honest feedback to polish their prose.
Writers who knew they had an important story to share with the world but were unsure about the first steps.
With 20 years of experience at Penguin Random House and Simon & Schuster, I have worked with writers of all stripes—from those taking on their first story to New York Times bestselling authors. I’m here to help you make your novel the best it can be!
⇒ The power of observation and curiosity are your best tools. My writing exercises are geared toward helping you use these tools with intention to move through the world as a writer.
⇒ I am here to create a safe and brave space for you to try new things. I believe in encouragement instead of mandates and judgments.
⇒ I don’t use a one-size-fits-all approach. My editing and coaching services are tailored to you.
⇒ You need honest, actionable feedback so your next steps are clear.
⇒ My goal is to strengthen your work while remaining true to your vision.
I served as editor for my first book, The Subway Chronicles: Scenes from Life in New York (Plume), which contains 27 essays about the New York City subway system written by well-known straphangers such as Jonathan Lethem, Colson Whitehead, Calvin Trillin, and Francine Prose. The collection received print reviews nationally, and I appeared on a variety of broadcast media outlets such as CBS Morning News, NY1 and NPR.
My short fiction has been published in the literary journals Valparaiso Fiction Review, The Cortland Review, and The Macguffin. My essays and other non-fiction writing have appeared in Preservation Online, Prick of the Spindle, Narrative.ly, and History-Magazine, among others. I hold an MFA in Creative Writing from Georgia State University.
I’ve taught creative writing for fifteen years in person at the College of New Rochelle and online at The Loft Literary Center.
Drop me a line and let’s discuss how I can help you reach your writing goals.