Hi. I'm Jenna McGuiggan.

Writer. Editor. Storyteller. Teacher. Roller Derby Girl.

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"My One Thing," a story-talk from Jenna McGuiggan. (Can't see the video above? Watch it on Vimeo.)

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Online Writing Classes: Check out the class catalogue for information on past and future courses.

Individual Mentoring & Editorial Feedback: Deepen your writing practice and improve your craft. Get personalized support, feedback, and mentoring to help you grow in every area of your writing life.

Small group workshops are intimate, intensive workshops in which prose writers exchange work and share feedback. Groups form on a rolling basis, depending on participants' schedules.

The Word Cellar Writing Guild: This exciting new online writing group will combine writing education, inspiration, and community. Coming in 2014.

Looking for some reading material? Check out these series on the blog: Loquacious, Roller Derby Makes Me Brave, and Everyday Essays.

About Me

I'm Jennifer (Jenna) McGuiggan, a writer, storyteller, editor, and teacher/mentor. I received a Masters of Fine Arts (MFA) in Writing (creative nonfiction focus) from Vermont College of Fine Arts, which has been named one of the top five low-residency MFA programs in the U.S. by both Poets & Writers and The Atlantic.

My essays and articles have appeared in a variety of print and online publications, including Numéro Cinq Magazine, Mingle Magazine (from Stampington & Co.), Pop City, Connotation Press, Extract(s), The Collapsar, and Hunger Mountain, where I previously served as an assistant editor.

You can read more about me and read excerpts from my portfolio.

I share stories and writing tips on my blog.

I work with creative individuals and organizations with heart on a variety of related projects. My services include writing, editing, manuscript reviews and editorial feedback, one-on-one mentoring, and virtual assistant services for artists and creative entrepreneurs.

I teach online and in-person classes and workshops related to writing and storytelling.

If you need words written, edited, or enlivened, I'd be honored to help. Let's chat.

About The Word Cellar

I envision The Word Cellar as a cozy, stone-walled chamber filled with racks and racks of words. We have nouns, verbs, adjectives, and even some adverbs. The prepositions and conjunctions sit next to glass jars of jaunty little pronouns. Perfectly turned phrases shimmer magically in the shadows, and whole sentences often appear on the walls. There's a nook just for punctuation, and another for grammar. (Some people don't like to venture into those areas, but I don't mind them one bit.) Some days you'll find me writing, and others you'll see me editing (my own work or maybe yours). Stacks of books sit next to overstuffed chairs, beckoning you to delve into a good read. The whole scene is generously illuminated by white twinkle lights, so The Word Cellar is never dark, dank, or scary. This is a place where left brain meets right brain, where whimsy shakes hands with business, and communication is considered a sacred science and time-honored art.