Meet Our 2019 Alumni

We're proud to present our TOW '19 cohort!

Read on to meet this year's Summer Camp participants.


My name is Imane Mandili    and I am from Agadir.

I'm 17 years old and I'm so happy to be a part of The Olive Writers!

I found out about The Olive Writers online before the application opened, and I immediately started preparing for it. I wanted to participate because creative writing means a lot to me, it's something I can't describe. I need to write to feel that I'm alive.

Participating in The Olive Writers' Summer Camp was an exceptional experience. It was amazing to meet so many creative people. Each person I met at the camp left something with me that I brought back home with me.

At the camp, I learned that I need to work hard! I discovered that there are many amazing young creative writers in Morocco, so I need to work hard to be a part of this generation of writers. But most of all, I learned that we are a family and that The Olive Writers is something more than just a camp. We created friendships that will always last.


My name is Niapégue Sanou and I am from Mali. 

I am 21 years old and I've been studying here in Morocco for two years now.

I found The Olive Writers' Summer Camp to be very interesting and the people were really wonderful. The program gave me the opportunity to discover many people and to learn from their varied experiences.

The most meaningful part of the program for me was the focus on creative writing. I had never had a class on creative writing before, but I am very interested in writing. The camp gave me the opportunity to discover what creative writing is and to learn about the craft of writing. The most important thing I learned was about creating conflict. Whenever you create a story, you need conflict because it is the heart of the story.

Writing is very important today. A Malian philosopher, Amadou Hampâté Bâ, used to say that when an old person died in Mali, it was like our history was burning. In Mali, we didn't have written literature for a long time because all our culture was oral, but now we have the opportunity and means to write. So, we need to write in order to preserve our culture and all we know because if you write it means you can live for eternity, you won't die. The writer will die, but his or her ideas will remain to influence people, to change people's lives and to offer something useful for future generations.


Hello, my name is Younes Saadallaoui and I'm from Rissani.

I am so happy I had the chance to participate in the second edition of The Olive Writers' Summer camp. It was an incredible opportunity to meet new people—authors, friends and professors.

I learned a lot from the creative writing workshop with Soukaina HabibAllah, from the literary translation seminar with Hodna Nuernberg and from the critical thinking seminar with Achraf Jazz.

I am grateful to everyone who helped make this program happen, the professors, the program staff and all the sponsors.

I'm Rabab Benktib and I'm from

Ksar El Kebir.

The Olive Writers' Summer Camp was an excellent experience. I learned a lot—even though I'm a published poet, I found that there are always new things to learn. It was especially wonderful to meet new friends and fellow writers.

I was also happy to have the chance to work with very professional professors. It was a very rich experience and it has meant a lot for me and my life, and I'm very thankful for it.

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