Jacqueline Johnson loves stories and the craft of writing. She got inky fingers the moment she was allowed to use a pen which may explain why she avoids wearing white. Those inky fingers have turned out some cool poetry ( some of which was published in Shadowing into Light, an anthology of women’s writings), a huge number of news stories and editorials dating back to a five year period where she was editor of The Eramosa Community News, and a nationally acclaimed Harrowsmith article lamenting the state of farm taxation. She has also written business and marketing materials, and an award winning curriculum on Fire Safety for Newcomers to Canada in conjunction with St. Georges ESL school and the Guelph Fire Department.
Jacqueline’s life revolves around chasing stories. She trained as an historian and political scientist, then went into accounting because her father’s stories about business had fascinated her. When she couldn’t find those stories in the numbers, she went into taxation and saw people’s lives unfold within the files and the law. When she and her husband bought a farm and began raising organic vegetables and children, she spent her spare time writing and editing stories about adventures in parenting. She got into journalism, then marketing, got sidetracked into prison work where she taught women fraud offenders that writing journals about good things and bad could be healing. She ended up teaching pronunciation to Newcomers to Canada, because really those students have amazing stories to tell.
Jacqueline prefers editing to writing. She has an uncanny eye for where the story needs to go and with her writing background she knows exactly how to help the writer get it there. She knows how to hold the chaos of being a writer so the story can emerge.
Jacqueline also likes using green pens to edit. This stems back to her days as a student in accounts where she learned that its as important to check over written work to ensure that what you’ve written down is honest and properly placed within the books. She also likes green pens because stories are always growing , and green markings on the page are a reminder of that.