About

 

DSC_0320_CROP_Sq_CloseThe Short of It

Writer-in-Residence at Wellspring House and Editor at GrubWritesI spend my daily life either writing, talking about writing, or with my nose deep in the latest literary treasure. The rest of the time, I’m reviewing fiction for literary magazines, helping writers develop and publish their personal essays, or interviewing authors. I consult on short stories, flash, the novel, and the personal essay, plus I help debut authors master social media and book promotion. Click here to find out more.

Sarah-1The Long of It

Born and raised in Yorkshire, England, Sarah defected to the States in the winter of 2011. She was educated at Leeds University, where she received her BA hons 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, Sarah completed an MA in English Literature at Boston College, where she was awarded an MA fellowship and the Henry Blackwell Essay Prize.

Sarah has worked behind a bar, in a restaurant kitchen, as a door-to-door makeup saleswoman, as a call-centre operative, in a newsroom, as a fundraiser, as a writing instructor, and in a record store, on both sides of the Atlantic. She has played the saxophone at a German jazz festival, the flute in a French winery, and the bass guitar in every rock-n-roll venue on South Yorkshire’s toilet circuit.

In Boston, Sarah organized arts festivals as Events Manager for the Boston College Arts Council, and spent several blissful months as a bookseller for the wonderful Newtonville Books before finding a professional home at GrubStreet, the nation’s leading creative writing center, as their Marketing and Community Engagement Manager. Sarah kept Grub’s large community of writers, readers, and industry professionals connected via e-communications and  key social media channels; developed and executed  digital campaigns for the national Muse & the Marketplace conference, GrubStreet’s advanced programs, an ongoing series of free community-based workshops, and 500+ creative writing courses annually; and worked with the program team to create the richest possible learning experience. She also oversaw the creation and maintenance of website content to uphold brand standards and ensure quality and consistency of copy, supervised the production of marketing collateral including image, video, and print materials,  and contributed to the organizational marketing strategy.

Now, Sarah is Writer-in-Residence at Wellspring House, a retreat for writers and artists on the edge of the Berkshires in Ashfield, MA. There, she manages social media and marketing strategy for the retreat while working on her second novel, set in her native Yorkshire and following the struggle of four generations of women as they fight against a misogynistic land grab designed to rob them of their matrilineal birthright.

Sarah is especially proud to call herself a founding member of the Back Porch Collective, a Boston-based group of writers. Hailing from Cuba, India, Albania, Atlanta, Miami, Jamaica, and the UK, they connected over a common passion for global narratives and literature’s potential to create empathy and understanding across all geographical, political, and cultural borders.

Her creative work has appeared in Solstice Literary Magazine, The Conium Review, Poetry & Audience, and other places, and her essays and interviews have featured on Dead Darlings and GrubWrites. For a full list of publications and editorial positions, check out her publications page. She’s served on the editorial team for Post Road magazine and The Conium Review, and is Consulting Editor at Solstice and Fiction Editor at Pangyrus magazine. Sarah is a graduate of the 2014-15 Novel Incubator program at GrubStreet.

Sarah is represented by Robert Guinsler at Sterling Lord Literistic.

Appearances

Past Appearances

Reading at Four Stories

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An installment of the long-running Four Stories reading series at The Middle East in Central Square, Cambridge on Thursday, May 18th, 2017. My fellow performers were Jonathan Escoffery, Patrick Gabridge, and Suzanne Berne. 6:30-8:30pm, at the Middle East’s corner bar.

Middle East Restaurant and Nightclub, 472 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA.

 

If You Build It, Will They Come?

Association of Writers & Writing Programs National Conference, Washington D.C., Saturday, February 11, 2017, 4:30 pm to 5:45 pm.

Literary communities contain readers, writers, publishers, editors, agents, publicists, and booksellers with unique needs and goals shaped by their neighborhood, city, and regions. How can literary organizations and writing centers increase participation in and by their community? This panel will offer strategies for creating a more inclusive literary scene that is valued at the civic level just as visual arts, music, ballet, and opera are valued as a vital part of a city’s cultural heritage.

The Art of Perspective: How Narrative Strategies Reflect Contemporary Culture

Association of Writers & Writing Programs National Conference, Washington D.C., Friday, February 10, 2017, 3:00 pm to 4:15 pm.

How can the novel respond to a culture dominated by the microform interactions of social media? Increasingly, we experience the world as a series of information fragments, a mode of communication that seems at odds with the long form of the novel. Five novelists, whose books explore multiple perspectives, discuss the narrative strategies writers use to explore the composite structures of contemporary storytelling and reflect the fractured nature of everyday narratives.

Back Porch Performance: Unlocked: Reconsidering Home and Place

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The Middle Gray, 6 Station Street, Brookline, MA, June 18, 2016, 7 pm.

An evening with the Back Porch Collective, in collaboration with world-class musicians Giuseppe Paradiso and Jussi Reijonen.

Back Porch Collective: First Ever Appearance

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The Middle Gray, 6 Station Street, Brookline, MA, Feb. 6, 2016, 7 p.m.

With special guest George Clements of the Lonely Heartstring Band

Contact

For information about consultations, readings, publications, workshops, email me at sarahcolwillbrown@gmail.com.

Click here to apply for the WellSpring House retreat, and here to submit to GrubWrites.

Connect with me on: Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

About

HeadshotSCBThe Short of it

A passionate word nerd, I spend the majority of my life writing, talking about writing, or with my nose deep in the latest literary treasure. The rest of the time, I’m reviewing fiction for literary magazines, helping writers develop and publish their personal essays, or interviewing authors. I consult on short stories, flash, the novel, and the personal essay, plus I help debut authors master social media and book promotion. Click here to find out more.

The long of it

Sarah-1Born and raised in Yorkshire, England, Sarah defected to the States in the winter of 2011. She was educated at Leeds University, where she received her BA hons 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, Sarah completed an MA in English Literature at Boston College, where she was awarded an MA fellowship and the Henry Blackwell Essay Prize.

Sarah has worked behind a bar, in a restaurant kitchen, as a door-to-door makeup saleswoman, as a call-centre operative, in a newsroom, as a fundraiser, as a writing instructor, and in a record store, on both sides of the Atlantic. She has played the saxophone at a German jazz festival, the flute in a French winery, and the bass guitar in every rock-n-roll venue on South Yorkshire’s toilet circuit.

Since moving to Boston, Sarah organized arts festivals as Events Manager for the Boston College Arts Council, and spent several blissful months as a bookseller for the wonderful Newtonville Books. She is now delighted to have found a professional home at GrubStreet creative writing center as their Marketing and Community Engagement Manager. Sarah keeps the Grub community connected via e-newsletters and social media, edits the GrubStreet blog, and works with the program team to create the richest possible learning experience. She also oversees the design and maintenance of the GrubStreet website, all print and digital ad campaigns, brand management, and institutional marketing strategy.

Sarah is especially proud to call herself a founding member of the Back Porch Collective, a Boston-based group of writers. Hailing from Cuba, India, Albania, Atlanta, Miami, Jamaica, and the UK, they connected over a common passion for global narratives and literature’s potential to create empathy and understanding across all geographical, political, and cultural borders.

Her creative work has appeared in Solstice Literary Magazine, The Conium Review, Poetry & Audience, and other places, and 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, and is Managing Editor at Solstice and Fiction Editor at Pangyrus magazine. A graduate of the 2014-15 Novel Incubator program at GrubStreet, Sarah is at work on her first novel. For a full list of publications and editorial positions, check out her publications page.

Publications

Literary Magazines

  • Solstice Literary Magazine, Managing Editor, April 2016-present.
  • Pangyrus Magazine, Managing Editor & Fiction Editor, 2015-present.
  • The Conium Review, Fiction Editor, 2015.
  • Post Road Magazine, Assistant Managing Editor,  2013-2015.

Publications

Creative Work

  • Nettles,” Solstice Literary Magazine, 2015 (short story).
  • Short,” The Conium Review, 2015 (flash, contest finalist).
  • “Wild Nights – Wild Nights,” The Medulla Review, 2014 (short story).
  • How to Grow,” Burning Word Literary Journal, issue 68, 2013, (poetry).
  • “Spider Wallpaper,” Poetry & Audience, 2011, (poetry).

Interviews & Essays