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Sophfronia Scott


Director of the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program


MFA - Creative Writing

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(989) 463-7394

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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.”

In her own words, “I am a believer of the power of the written word. Words can change minds, and each one you write is an opportunity to do just that. It’s a two-way conversation: inspire others as you’re inspired, and we’ll all grow together.”

Educational Background:

  • B.A. English, Harvard University
  • MFA Creative Writing (Fiction and Nonfiction), Vermont College of Fine Arts

Recent Work and Accomplishments

Scott, S. (2021). The Seeker and the Monk: Everyday Conversations with Thomas Merton. Broadleaf Books.

Scott, S. (2020). Self-Deception in the #PublishingPaidMe Marketplace. The Waking.