Consultations

*Note: I will resume taking on new clients for manuscript consultations beginning in September of 2018. Thanks for your patience. I will continue taking clients for MFA application advice throughout the summer.

I am currently working with GrubStreet, the nation’s leading independent creative writing center, as an instructor and a private consultant/ editor. My clients write literary and genre fiction, including science fiction, fantasy, and mystery. I’m also available to consult on personal essays and poetry, though on a case by case basis. I’m particularly interested in cross-cultural, international, and identity-focused narratives. When it comes to form, I consult on short work, as well as book-length manuscripts.

I am also available as an advisor for writers working toward querying literary agents and writers considering applying to MFA programs. Regarding writing program specific coaching, programs my clients have been accepted into include Boston University, The New School, American University, University of North Carolina Greensboro, Columbia College, University of New Hampshire, Bennington College, Vermont College of Fine Arts (VCFA), University of Minnesota, University of Houston, Indiana University, University of Notre Dame, University of Montana, Pratt Institute, and the University of Edinburgh.

To discuss a possible consultation, email me directly at jonathanpescoffery@gmail.com with a brief description of your project(s) and/or short-term writing goals and how I might best assist you. Due to time constraints, I can only respond to queries directed to me (as opposed to mass emails).

CLIENT REVIEWS:

“Jonathan,

I love reading your feedback because you totally get it, and your insights are very meaningful.”

– Marina Hatsopoulos

“Jonathan is a very thoughtful line-editor who also uses higher-level critique to suggest how stories can work better as a whole. I was particularly impressed by his ability to speak in my language and honor the worlds of my stories so acutely. His commentary gave my pieces the extra push I needed to get accepted into MFA programs, and he even followed up when I was worried I had cut a story down too small for a contest. Thanks, Jonathan!”

-David Schwartz

“I was so relieved that Jonathan’s comments were so well laid out. To be constructive you need to provide the writer with a solution. In every case he provided me with one. This has been well worth while and I think I got the right guy to review my novel.”

-Geoff Foley

“Jonathan, during the time we initially worked together, provided invaluable feedback. His contributions to my text , has molded my story into something I can honestly see having an impact on its readers. Throughout the process and afterwards he has constantly offered support as well as encouragement.”

-Lee Nave Jr.

“Jonathan read and reread my poetry, searching for errors, while suggesting improvements in diction, line length, etc. Working closely with Jonathan has been a creative experience that I will never forget. My debt to Jonathan is immense.”

-Preston M. Browning, Jr., author of Sandino’s Grave and Other Poems

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