Sophfronia Scott, Author Writing, laughing, and loving

The Mentor I’ve Never Met

March 10, 2016 / by Sophfronia

Here’s my latest on Ruminate Magazine’s site:

The writer Frederick Buechner

I’ve never met Frederick Buechner—let’s start there. In case you don’t know him, here’s the quick rundown from his website: Frederick Buechner (pronounced BEEK-ner) is an American writer and theologian, the author of more than thirty published books. He has been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, and has been awarded eight honorary degrees from such institutions as Yale University and the Virginia Theological Seminary.

He’s also my writing mentor.

How is that possible? The author Dani Shapiro explains it well in her blog on having mentors you’ll never meet: “But in recent years I’ve been accompanied on the journey by a few writers and artists I have never personally known. I keep their books close to me. I carefully write passages from their work into my commonplace books, committing their thoughts to memory, and when I do this, I feel almost as if our souls might be touching through time.”

Frederick Buechner, when I reach out to him through time and space, is such a mentor to me.

To read the rest of this essay please visit Ruminate by going here.

I hope you enjoy it.

By the way, you should also know–and I’m really psyched to share this–I’m teaching at the Frederick Buechner Writer’s Workshop at Princeton Theological Seminary, June 7-10, 2016. It’s going to be an exciting event and I’m looking forward to visiting the area–I bet Princeton is gorgeous in June! See you there.

Blessings,

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