Workshops and Classes

The Writer's Muse: Explorations in Creativity

Inspiration often comes from the unlikeliest of sources. In The Writer’s Muse: Explorations in Creativity, an online course hosted through The Loft Literary Center, we will observe, explore, collect, study, and compare. We’ll move through the world as writers—noticing and documenting the world around us.

This class offers guided exercises for beginners, anyone who is “stuck,” and writers trying to take their work to the next level. You’ll cultivate your curiosity to get words on the page and inspire you to keep going!

  • Develop good writing habits that foster creativity
  • Shed anxieties that keep you from growing as a writer
  • Draw inspiration from the world around you
  • Find form for your ideas, develop them into a piece of writing, and make them better.

The explorations will help you lay the foundation for more significant writing projects in a supportive, encouraging environment. Consider this class a mini writing retreat with exercises, readings, and guidance. We’ll have fun as you expand your writing skills to produce more satisfying work. This class is for both beginners and more experienced writers of fiction, essays, memoirs, and narrative nonfiction.

If you liked Elizabeth Gilbert’s Big Magic, you’ll love this class that will help you implement those ideas!

REGISTRATION IS OPEN!  Class will be held online from January 23 – March 6. More information is available at The Loft Literary Center.


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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