Workshops and Classes

Back to Basics: Exploring the Elements of Creative Writing

My most popular workshop at The Loft Literary Center is Back to Basics: Exploring the Elements of Creative Writing. In this online class, we will explore essential building blocks of creative writing through interesting lessons and fun exercises. Each class is completely devoted to one element of story to sharpen your skills in that area.

Whether you need some fixes for common plot problems or want to brush up on dialogue, these targeted classes will provide you with the strategies and techniques to increase the depth your writing.

  • Week 1: Beginnings/Endings
  • Week 2: Point of View
  • Week 3: Narration
  • Week 4: Suspense/Plot
  • Week 5: Characterization
  • Week 6: Dialogue
  • Week 7: Setting/Description
  • Week 8: Revision

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Jackie Cangro is an experienced freelance writer, editor, and workshop leader. She has more than 20 years of teaching experience—in person and online. She worked for Penguin Random House US and Simon and Schuster.

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 numerous literary journals and magazines. She helps writers craft their work through classes, one-on-one editing, and coaching. Contact her here.

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