Professional Bio

  • 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 and People 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.” Her latest novel is Unforgivable Love (William Morrow). She’s also the author of an essay collection, Love’s Long Line, from Ohio State University Press’s Mad Creek Books and a memoir, This Child of Faith: Raising a Spiritual Child in a Secular World, co-written with her son Tain, from Paraclete Press. Her essays, short stories, and articles have appeared in Killens Review of Arts & Letters, Saranac Review, Numéro Cinq, Ruminate, Barnstorm Literary Journal, Sleet Magazine,, More, and O, The Oprah Magazine. Her essay “Why I Didn’t Go to the Firehouse” is listed among the Notables in Best American Essays 2017.

Empowerment is the cornerstone of her teaching philosophy. She encourages her students to cultivate a writing life and to use their regular practice to develop their art and articulate how they want to “show up” in the literary world. She’s interested in working with nonfiction and fiction writers. For novelists she is open to reading larger excerpts of manuscript drafts if the state of the project requires it.