Sandra grew up in Texas and was educated in Catholic schools. In high school she was a champion debater. After college (University of Texas) she traveled and lived in Mexico, NYC, the San Francisco area, Portland, Oregon, and Chicago. Later she did graduate work at Cornell, Northern Illinois University, and University of Oregon. She settled in Southern Oregon for thirty years, and has lived in Montana for a decade. She was a public school and college teacher for ten years, and since then has devoted herself to writing and teaching writing (Iowa Summer Writing Festival; Pine Manor College Solstice MFA Program), and to painting, a passion that developed after her move to Montana.
In recent years she has traveled frequently to Mexico, Italy, France, and England, and plans to visit Scandinavia and Japan soon. She is a besotted grandmother and spends almost half her time in Portland, Oregon with her daughter and granddaughter.
Sandra's first published writing occurred in a Catholic newsletter when she was seven: "I'm a Texan, tall and strong..." and has nourished her her whole life. Her archives are housed at Texas Tech University's Sowell Library. As you would expect, she is an avid reader. Favorite authors include Mavis Gallant, Sybille Bedford, Tove Jansson, Shusako Endo, Claire Messud, Oliver Sacks; the poets Lisel Mueller, Emily Dickinson, and Billy Collins... the list goes on! She loves to watch European movies and mysteries on TV. Sandra has been married to Bill Ferguson, a Montana native and retired teacher, since 1975. Some of her wonderful past students: Sarah McCoy, James Anderson, Anita Amirreszvani, Deborah Taffa.
Lately, she has been compiling her teaching files--resulting in THE LAST DRAFT: A NOVELIST's GUIDE TO REVISION (a companion book to THE SCENE BOOK: A PRIMER FOR FICTION WRITERS, both from Penguin), and is working on a collection of miscellaneous essays about writing and reading. She has also bought many books from New York Review Books and loves revisiting such wonderful classic authors as David Plante, Henry Green, Jean Giono, and Elizabeth Taylor.
You can find more about Sandra at sandrajscofield.com
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