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The Olive Writers-Marrakesh Regional  Workshop

The Olive Writers and the American Language Center in Casablanca are very pleased to invite you to the second regional Olive Writers Workshop.

The workshop is organized in partnership with Marrakesh American Corner, the US Embassy Rabat, and Peace First.

To apply: 

Fill out the following form before midnight on March 3, 2020.

About the Workshop:

The Olive Writers' Marrakesh regional workshop is an intensive one-day seminar designed for young Moroccan writers.

During the day, participants will attend two sessions:

Session 1: Creative writing.

Led by American writer Antony David, the workshop will focus on the development of style and the treatment of content.

Topics include: character development, setting, pacing, plot, dialogue, and conflict. 

In a hands-on learning approach, students will be critiquing each other’s' work, discussing areas of strength and making constructive suggestions about aspects of writing that could be improved upon, all in a supportive environment.

Session 2: Peace First lab and writing entrepreneurship.

Writers have the power to transmit news, knowledge, and emotion to their readers, allowing them to harness an incredible skill set through which they can foster positive change. In this workshop, led by Peace First regional director Josiane Atallah, writers will be introduced to the Peace First program. They will be initiated to the process of creating, developing and implementing a solution to a community program. The central theme of the workshop is how writing can be used to promote social change and sustainable development goals. Participants will select a project framed around the creation of blogs, magazines, journals, or online campaigns to promote cultural preservation, fight fake news, or raise awareness through storytelling.

Date and Venue: 

Saturday, March 7, 2020 at the Marrakesh American Corner.


The workshop is open to Moroccan writers between the ages of 16-27. Priority will be given to the writers based in the Marrakesh-Safi region.

The selected participants will be advanced users of English and should demonstrate a superior level of writing prose or poetry in English.

The selection of participants is based solely on their talent.

International students in Morocco are also eligible to apply.


9:30 a.m. Opening speeches, introduction, and info session
10:00-1:00: First session
1:00-3:00: Lunch
3:00-5:00: Second session
5:00-5:15: Certificates and closing ceremony

Meals and workshop materials are provided free of charge to all selected participants.

About the instructors:

Anthony David attended Brandeis College, where he studied under German-Jewish scholar Frank Manual, a historian of utopianism. Later, he continued his studies with the philosopher Ernst Tugendtat at the Free University in West Berlin. While there, he wrote a book-length manuscript and co-founded the first English school in East Berlin. He earned a Ph.D. in history at the University of Chicago. David has written eight books, including a biography he co-authored with Palestinian leader Sari Nusseibeh, Once Upon a Country: A Palestinian Life, and An Improbable Friendship, which recounts the lives of Israeli Ruth Dayan and Palestinian Raymonda Tawil. While living in the West Bank village of Abu Dis, David helped launch Bard-Al Quds University's liberal arts college, where he taught Palestinian students creative writing, media studies, and humanities.

Josiane Atallah is currently the Regional Manager and Fellow in Residence for the Middle East and North Africa for Peace First, an an organization that aims to support youth in creating positive change in their communities. She is additionally pursuing her master’s in Public Health at the American University of Beirut, while serving as a researcher for Restless Development.

Josiane leads all her work with creativity, hope, and passion, which is evident in her previous experience teaching in underprivileged communities in Lebanon where she emphasized the importance of becoming global citizens through play, stories, and communal projects aimed at educating women and children.

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