In 2017, Wellspring House established a fellowship designed to offer emerging writers the opportunity to live and work at Wellspring and assist the Director in running the retreat. Colwill Brown and Jonathan Escoffery are the inaugural Writers-in-Residence for 2017-19.
Colwill is Fiction Editor at Pangyrus magazine and Instructor and Consultant at GrubStreet, the nation’s leading independent creative writing center, where she was formerly the Marketing and Community Engagement Manager before accepting the Wellspring fellowship. When Colwill isn’t writing, she is reviewing fiction submissions, leading marketing and communications for Wellspring, and working with writers to develop their book-length manuscripts, agent queries, and author marketing strategies. Born and raised in Yorkshire, England, Colwill was educated at Leeds University, where she received her B.A. with Honors in English Language and Literature (International), with stints at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and the Kansas State University’s Graduate Creative Writing Program, where she was awarded the Seaton Graduate Fellowship in Creative Writing. Most recently, Colwill completed a master’s degree in English Literature at Boston College, where she was awarded a scholarship and the Henry Blackwell Essay Prize. Her creative work was a finalist in the 2019 Tennessee Williams fiction prize, a notable entry in the 2019 Disquiet International literary prize, a finalist for the 2019 Lit Fest Emerging Writer Fellowship, and has appeared in Solstice Literary Magazine, The Conium Review, Poetry & Audience, and Everywhere Stories: Short Fiction from a Small Planet (Press 53). Her essays and interviews have featured on Dead Darlings and GrubWrites. She’s served on the editorial team for Post Road magazine and The Conium Review, presented at the AWP Conference, and has received further awards and support from the Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference, the University of Texas at Austin, the James A. Michener Foundation, the Anderson Center, and GrubStreet. At GrubStreet, Colwill currently teaches classes on the macro and the micro — from how to write a novel to how to craft an engaging sentence. She is represented by literary agent Robert Guinsler of Sterling Lord Literistic. Click here to find out more.
Jonathan is the recipient of a 2019 Aspen Words Emerging Writer Fellowship, a 2018 Glenna Luschei Prairie Schooner Award, a 2018 Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference Work-study Scholarship, The Writers’ Room of Boston’s 2017 Ivan Gold Fellowship, a 2017 Somerville Arts Council Artist Fellowship, and a 2017 Kimbilio Fiction Fellowship. His story, “In Flux,” was selected by Tiphanie Yanique to win the Waasnode Fiction Prize, and was subsequently cited as a “Distinguished Story” in The Best American Short Stories 2018. Jonathan’s writing has appeared or is forthcoming in The Paris Review, AGNI, Passages North, Prairie Schooner, Pleiades, Salt Hill, The Caribbean Writer, Creative Nonfiction, and elsewhere. He holds an MFA from the University of Minnesota and begins as a doctoral candidate in the University of Southern California’s Creative Writing and Literature program as a Provost Fellow this fall.