A viewer asked me to address procrastination. I did not wait to respond! ☺ For this morning’s walk, the key to unlocking the grip of procrastination.



We are recruiting the next cohort of the Alma College MFA in Creative Writing! This is a low-residency graduate degree program that features

residencies twice a year. The rest of the semester you work one-on-one with a faculty mentor, submitting packets of writing once a month. I’d love to hear about what you’re writing and your thoughts about joining our artistic community.

The Alma MFA hosted several open house events this season. They are virtual events designed so you can get your questions answered and get a taste of the learning experience you’ll enjoy in the program. If you missed any of the events (check out the ones focusing on writing for children and young adults, fiction writing, and creative nonfiction), you can view them on the Alma MFA’s YouTube Channel.

Italy Again!

I’m pleased to say we are all systems go for the Writer’s Retreat in Italy next September. Janet Simmonds and I have been delighted by the response we’ve had from our writer friends and colleagues.

Here are the important pieces of information that you need to know:

Dates of trip: 18-24 September, 2022

Program Director: Sophfronia Scott (Me!)

Full program here: https://wp.me/p97CFs-ee

The cost of the retreat is as follows:

  • US $ 4500 / Euros € 3950 – Double room for single use (one person)
  • US $ 4800 / Euros € 4300  – Junior Suite per person (two people sharing)
  • US $ 3900 / Euros € 3500 – Smaller Twin room per person (two people sharing)

To reserve your place a deposit is required of US $ 1500. You can make the payment by clicking on the following ‘Pay Pal’ link – paypal.me/GrandTouristLtd

Please complete the attached booking form and return it to us – a scanned copy is fine.

Don’t hesitate to let me or Janet (janet@grand-tourist.com, www.grand-tourist.com) know if you have any questions, we’d be delighted to help.

Always remembering the poetic and magical words of Lord Byron,

‘But words are things,

 And a small drop of ink,

Falling, like dew,

Upon a thought

Produces that which makes thousands,

Perhaps millions, think’

Feel free to reach out to us via zoom, e-mail, text or even the old fashioned telephone, if you have any questions at all.

Once you are signed up we will invite you to join our private ‘Alumni Facebook Page’ where we share ideas, thoughts, book recommendations etc.

Be well,