- MFA, Writing, Fiction and Creative Nonfiction, Vermont College of Fine Arts
- BA, English, Harvard
Sophfronia Scott began her writing career as a journalist for Time andPeople magazines. When her first novel, All I Need to Get By, was published by St. Martin's Press in 2004 she was nominated for best new author at the African American Literary Awards and hailed by Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. as “potentially one of the best writers of her generation.” She now focuses on writing novels, short stories, and essays. Sophfronia’s work has appeared in publications such as The Saranac Review, Ruminate, Numéro Cinq, Mid-American Review, and Sleet Magazine in addition to More, NewYorkTimes.com, and O,The Oprah Magazine. Her forthcoming novel, The Light Lives Here, will be published by William Morrow/HarperCollins in 2017.
Empowerment is the cornerstone of Sophfronia’s teaching philosophy. She encourages her students to cultivate a writing life and to use their regular practice to both develop their art and articulate how they want to “show up” in the literary world. She’s interested in working with fiction writers on short stories or novels. For novelists, she is open to reading larger excerpts of manuscript drafts if the state of the project requires it.