Susan Scott is a Great Lakes writer and editor attuned to story, spirit, self, and culture. Her latest book, Body & Soul, features women writers and poets on unorthodox encounters with the sacred. The anthology, Stories in My Neighbour’s Faith, introduces narratives from world religions across Canada. A chapbook, Temple in a Teapot, launched on a 1,000-mile tour of western states, is an autobiographical essay on the sublime and the suppressed in American religious history. She is currently writing a memoir that turns on shame and the sacred in the lives of women and girls.
Susan has taught widely in communities and classrooms, from writing retreats in northern Ontario and inner-city churches in Boulder, Colorado, to Renison University College, St. Jerome’s University (SJU), and Wilfrid Laurier University (WLU). She has guest-lectured in writing programs and at the Yale Institute for Sacred Music (ISM). In 2020, she began offering life-writing webinars with change-makers in creative nonfiction.
Collaborating with artists, activists, and scholars is a cornerstone of her writing practice. Susan founded the award-winning Walkerton Water Stories Project, and its offspring, the Water Stories Project, and is a founding member of Native-Immigrant’s culture work in Montreal and Chile. As The New Quarterly’s lead nonfiction editor (2012-9), she judged national contests, and served as associate creative director of the Wild Writers Literary Festival (2013-9). In 2020 she became a contributing editor with the magazine, and director of the newly minted Wild Writers Mentorship Program.
Dedication to community service is colored by a rich humanities education. Doctoral work in anthropology, fine arts, and religious studies (University of Pittsburgh) complements an MA in Religion & Culture (WLU), training in spiritual direction (Jubilee), and a graduate certificate in creative writing (Humber School for Writers).
With gratitude for living on the Haldimand Tract, in the traditional territory of the Haudenosaunee, Anishnaabeg, and Neutral peoples, Susan serves local artists and cultural organizations as vice-chair of the Region of Waterloo Arts Fund.
Look for her writing in cafes, or cycling on her Simcoe, wicker basket brimming with baguettes.
Watch for news of her next book in 2022.