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MARRAKECH WRITING HOLIDAY
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Learn travel writing in Africa's most colourful city

"A great course and an amazing experience – especially for the friendships that came out of it." - Karen

IMMERSE yourself in the vibrant souks and elegant riads of the fabled pink city, amongst the medieval sights of the old medina, with its picturesque streets and beautiful old buildings. 

DEVELOP your travel writing with the experts.

LEARN crucial creative skills in the top sites of the city.

ENJOY an insider's view of a great city, with a group of fellow spirits.

BBC programme on this trip

Get a feel for this holiday by listening to the Radio 4 programme about it. BBC presenter David Stafford concluded that it was "an extraordinary experience". Listen here

What's in the trip?

DAY 1 You can check in at our private riad from noon onwards, and spend solo time exploring the city. We meet at sundown for drinks on the roof terrace, with its sweeping views across the city to the mountains beyond. Then we wander through the souks to dinner at a stylish restaurant nearby – a fun way to meet the group and enjoy superb Moroccan cuisine.

DAY 2 We practise key writing and observational skills in the buzzing Spice Market, with lunch in a café there. Then return to our riad to write up and hear what you wrote, and look at how published authors use the same skills. Dinner is in the world-famous Jema El Fnaa, the unforgettable main square, as it fills with food stalls and street performers and is lit by hundreds of lamps twinkling through the smoke of barbecue fires.

DAY 3 A working visit to the historic Musee de Marrakech and the Medersa Ben Youssef, two exquisite and grand old buildings, where we practice the skills of capturing atmosphere and looking for powerful contrasts. The afternoon is back at base, writing up from the morning, hearing what people wrote, and looking at published authors. There is tuition on how to create and sell a travel book, followed by a candlelit dinner in our riad.

DAY 4 The focus today is on writing travel articles, their style and structure, what editors want and how to pitch them. Then you face a challenge: write a travel article based on this trip, for comment by the group. Finally we discuss what everyone has learnt and your next steps in travel writing.

Expert tuition is provided by two tutors. Anthony Sattin was named by Conde Nast Traveller as 'one of the top ten influences on contemporary travel writing'. Author of three travel books on the Islamic world, he is also a regular contributor to Conde Nast Traveller, The Sunday Times and Radio 4. Jonathan Lorie is the former editor of Traveller, the UK's most literary travel magazine, and offers a hard-to-get editor's perspective on how to write good travel articles and sell them.

One-to-one advice sessions are available throughout the course, allowing you to discuss your questions and plans individually with a tutor. You can also bring along previous work for discussion. These are a valuable time to focus on your own ideas, and can open up new deas and directions.

You are free to attend or miss whichever training sessions you like, so you can relax and savour the city whenever you want. And you are most welcome to bring along a non-attending partner or friend to join in the social side of things.

Add-on Morocco course

Why not take the chance to develop your travel photography too? Our exciting Atlas Mountains Photography Adventure takes place just before this course, allowing you to do both for a whole week of creative discovery.

In the dramatic Atlas we spend three days photographing ruined kasbahs, Berber villages and lush oases. We are based in a beautiful mountain auberge with swimming pool, a haven of peace looking out on snow-capped mountains and a lovely river valley.

The Atlas Mountains Photography Adventure ends on Day 1 of the Marrakech Writing Holiday, so you can easily fit the two trips together.

Read about the Atlas Mountains Photography Adventure




MAY 10-13, 2009
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Availability
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Learning level
Suitable for all levels, from absolute beginners to Travellers' Tales veterans.

Booking notes
  • Price excludes flights.
  • We do not operate a deposit payment system.
  • What the price includes.
    Includes 3 days' tuition and 3 nights’ accommodation and breakfast.
    Excludes flights, airport transfers and insurance.
    Excludes lunch and dinner (pay as you go, at modest levels: any group meals will be split equally).
    'Standard course price' books a twin room shared with a same-sex fellow student.
    'With a single room' books a room on your own.
    'With a non-attending partner' book you both a shared room and breakfast and any in-country transport that is part of the course. Your partner does not attend teaching sessions.
  • You must have travel insurance.
    It is an absolute condition of booking that you have full travel insurance, including medical cover, cancellation, losses and public liability. This is to protect yourself, as well as ourselves.
  • To pay by cheque.
  • To use a currency converter.
  • By booking you are accepting our terms and conditions.

Getting there
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Full joining instructions will be emailed to you 4 weeks before the course. We do not give out venue names or details until after booking.
We ask you to book your own flights because this allows you maximum flexibility on dates, times and costs.
Budget flights run on the relevant dates and cost around £90 return from London.
Direct flights are available on most days with the budget airlines (Atlas Blue, Easyjet, Ryanair), or with British Airways and Royal Air Maroc.
On Day 1 you should aim to arrive on the afternoon or evening, which is when our accommodation starts. You can check in from noon, and we will meet informally with whoever is around for dinner that evening. If your flight gets in later, that's fine: the formal course starts next morning at 9 am sharp.
On Day 4 our course and accommodation end in mid-afternoon, when you can fly home.
Extra nights should be booked direct with the venue. We can provide their contact details, on request, after you have booked onto the course.

Non-attending partners
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You are welcome to bring a non-attending partner or friend along. They can join us for our evening fun, or you can go off together to explore the sights when you're not attending course sessions.
The price 'with a non-attending partner' provides you both with bed and breakfast and any in-country transport that is part of the course. Your partner does not attend teaching sessions.