Discipline: Literature – nonfiction

Jacqueline Sheehan

Discipline: Literature – nonfiction
Region: Florence, MA
MacDowell Fellowships: 2024

Jacqueline Sheehan is the author of six novels: The Comet's Tale, Lost & Found, Now & Then, Picture This, The Center of the World, and The Tiger in the House. Two of her novels were New York Times best sellers. She was the editor of the Anthology, Women Writing in Prison and is one of the founders of Straw Dog Writers Guild in Western Massachusetts.

While at MacDowell, Sheehan completed more than half of a memoir about her relationship with a sister who had an intellectual disability. This is her first non-fiction work.



Jacqueline Sheehan worked in the MacDowell studio.

Built in 1912, Pine Studio was renamed MacDowell Studio in 1943 in recognition of support from a group of Edward MacDowell’s music students. It was built as a composers’ studio and the stuccoed walls were intended to be soundproof. Like many of the studios on property, MacDowell was winterized in the 1950s when the program began welcoming…

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