"My One Thing," a story-talk from Jenna McGuiggan. (Can't see the video above? Watch it on Vimeo.)
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What is 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.
I'm so glad you've joined me.
Who am I?
I'm Jennifer (Jenna) McGuiggan, The Word Cellar's purveyor of fine writing and editing. I write nonfiction pieces for publications and work with clients on writing, editing, and coaching projects. I received my 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.
I tell stories on my blog and invite you to share some of your own.
If you need words written, edited, or enlivened, I'd be honored to help. Let's chat.