Dorothy Sasso

Freelance Writer

Huntingdon Valley, PA

Dorothy Sasso

Freelance writer, editor, proofreader and researcher. I am an Arts & Entertainment, Lifestyle and Health & Wellness writer. I write book reviews, event previews, personal essays and features. I am experienced in conducting interviews and covering events. I'm a pop culture junkie always on the hunt for new books to read and TV shows to obsess over.

You can find my book reviews at and learn more about my novel in progress at


Philadelphia Flower Show honors florals, culture of the Netherlands

This year’s Philadelphia Flower Show honors florals, landscape and culture of the Netherlands, highlighting culture, cuisine and community. Alan Jaffe, director of communications for the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, said the theme has been considered for years. PHS developed relationships with Dutch designers and the Dutch ministry, which has allowed for stunning exhibits.
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The annual Philadelphia Flower Show celebrates the centennial of National Parks Service, showcasing American landmarks

The 2016 Flower Show brings the Grand Canyon, Glacier National Park and other American landmarks to Philadelphia in hopes of inspiring some future travel plans. The annual Pennsylvania Horticultural Society Flower show honors the centennial of the National Parks Service this year. “We’re calling it Explore America,” said Alan Jaffe, PHS Director of Communications.
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Philadelphia beer gardens are in full bloom

Summer is the perfect time to get out of town for a day or even a weekend, and the city of Philadelphia offers an expansive array of things to do, people to see and food and drinks to taste. Philadelphia especially has tons to offer when it comes to beer. From Yards Brewing Company to dozens of pop-up beer gardens, there should never be a dry pint in sight.
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Lego priest from Wyoming Valley will talk about papal experience at Pittston Memorial Library

Bob Simon has dreamed of making a Lego replica of the Vatican since he was in seventh grade. He will talk about his dream come true with interested Wyoming Valley residents next month. The Plains Township native’s creation of a mini St. Peter’s Basilica made out of a half-million Legos is being displayed at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia.
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Philadelphia singer achieves life dream with performance at papal visit

Over the course of Charlene Angelini’s singing career, she has performed the National Anthem in stadiums and sung for televised Masses. However, nothing comes close to the performance of a lifetime she will give Saturday when she cantors for Pope Francis. “I was chosen because I’m one of the lead cantors at the Cathedral (Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul),” Angelini explained.
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Tips on navigating Philly during papal events

So you’ve decided to head to Philly to see Pope Francis. Check out our guide below for road closings, how to navigate public transportation and what restaurants are offering the pope related specials. Beginning at 10 p.m. on Friday, the following highways will be closed: • I-676 will be closed in both directions from I-76 to I-95.
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On the Books: Mother-daughter authors Scottoline, Serritella discuss works

Spend even just a few minutes talking to Philadelphia-born author Lisa Scottoline and you immediately are drawn to her warmth and humor, which is somewhat unexpected given that she is known for writing legal thrillers. Born and raised in Philly, Scottoline attended University of Pennsylvania for her undergraduate and law degrees.
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Impressionist movement and art collector honored through The Philadelphia Museum of Art’s special exhibit

Imagine a world without Claude Monet’s water lilies or Edgar Degas’ dancers? Monet, Degas, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Camille Pissarro and Alfred Sisley are among the most recognizable artists in the world, but the Impressionist movement got off to a rocky start. Without the support of one art collector, Paul Durand-Ruel, Impressionist art might not still exist.
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The Rat Pack takes stage in Scranton

Are you a die hard Rat Pack fan who may have never had the chance to see them perform live? Did you see them live and wish you could relive that magical evening? The Rat Pack tribute group has performed around the world and JZ Tours, a Scranton based tour company, is bringing the tribute show to the Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel on March 3 and 4.
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Heading to Philadelphia? Here are 10 things do in the city of brotherly love this weekend

Finding something fun and unique to do doesn’t always have to break the bank or even touch the bank. As summer races toward us, beer gardens pop up like weeds, local craftsmen peddle their wares, and area attractions go out of their way to attract you. Check out these 10 interesting and cheap things to do this weekend in and around Philadelphia.
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Local man donates funds to Plymouth Twp’s fire company

Author Bill Kinney was born and raised in West Nanticoke. Though he left in the ‘70s after taking a job in New Jersey, he proves the adage that home is where the heart is. On Saturday, April 25, the Plymouth Township Fire and Rescue Company is throwing its annual Spring Fling Dinner Dance. Kinney is returning home to attend the fling, during which he will be promoting his novel, “Center Mass.”.
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Here a clown, there a clown

The word Shriner typically conjures up images of men in red fezzes, not clown suits. Yet Shriner temples across the country often include a clown unit who work to raise funds for Shriner initiatives, particularly hospitals associated with the fraternity. Sometimes these clowns want to just let loose and have a little fun.
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Dorothy Sasso

I have been telling stories my whole life. I was a highly imaginative child who was endlessly inventing creative games.

I started writing short stories very early on, and eventually worked up to starting my first novel in high school. While the book itself was highly derivative of the fantasy novels I had been reading at the time, my submission of the work in progress led to my placement in an advanced freshman writing class at Loyola University Maryland. At Loyola, I pursued a writing and history degree, which I earned in 2003.

My first job was as an editorial assistant at "Soap Opera Digest." Initially, At the magazine, I worked my way up to being the co-editor for "The Young and the Restless" and eventually "Guiding Light".

During my time at "Soap Opera Digest", I earned a Masters of Science in Adolescent Education (Grades 7-12). Afterwards, I spent 8 years as a history teacher, but never gave up my love of writing.

I introduced a major research term paper into the 8th grade curriculum, as well as regular essays, which helped to hone my proofreading and editing skills. I also put together my own sourcebooks to use in place of textbooks, which were compiled from a variety of sources. This included a writing guide. Additionally, I helped to streamline a writing curriculum for the middle school History, English, and Science classes.

In 2014, I left teaching to raise my daughter. I had kept a book review blog from 2011-2014, which drew the attention of the Arts and Entertainment editor for the Wilkes-Barre Times Leader. She brought me on as the paper's weekly book reviewer. Over time, my responsibilities evolved to include a weekly events preview for Philadelphia and New York, as well as a monthly Local Author Spotlight.

My work at the Times Leader included interviews, transcriptions, event previews and features on a variety of subjects.

I have also written for The Weekender, a weekly publication that is part of the Times Leader, Geekadelphia,, and

Currently, I write for She's It, a Lifestyle Technology website for women and for Geekadelphia, "Philly's premier geek blog, primarily covering passionate topics such as film, comics, literature, video games and technology with a local focus."

I am also working on a novel, The Maybe Baby Club. Visit to learn more.

I look forward to taking on more freelance opportunities in writing, research, proofreading and editing.



  • Writing
  • Proofreading
  • Editing
  • Research