First regional Olive Writers Workshop in Fez!!

First regional Olive Writers Workshop in Fez!!

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

The workshop is organized in partnership with the American Language Center Fez and the US Embassy Rabat.

To apply:
Fill out the following form before the 28th of January (midnight).

About the Workshop:

The Olive Writers’ Fez regional workshop is an intensive one-day creative writing seminar designed for young Moroccan writers.

Led by American writers Antony David and Lucas Peters, 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.

Date and Venue:
Sunday, February 2, 2020 at the American Language Center in Fez, Room 1, 2 Rue Ahmed Hiba, Ville Nouvelle

The workshop is open to Moroccan writers from the region of Fez-Meknes who are between the ages of 16-25.
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.

9:30 a.m. Opening speeches, introduction, and info session
10:00-1:00: First session
1:00-2:00: Lunch
2:00-4:30: Second session
4:30-4:45: Coffee break
4:50-5:00 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.

Lucas Peters is an award-winning writer, photographer, and Morocco expert. He holds an MA in English from Central Washington University and an MFA in creative writing from Goddard University. He is the author and principal photographer of Moon Travel Guides: Morocco, and hs work has appeared with magazines and websites around the world. He curates and edits the Journey Beyond Travel blog. Lucas has previously taught writing at Central Washington University, Al Akhawayn University, and Sorbonne University.

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Lecture by Zora O’Neill, Author of “All Strangers Are Kin”

Lecture by Zora O’Neill, Author of “All Strangers Are Kin”
Thursday, Sept. 19 at 5:30 PM in Room 30

Zora O’Neill will speak about her experiences traveling and studying Arabic in Egypt, the UAE, Lebanon and Morocco, and talk more generally on the benefits of learning new languages, whether to fluency or just a few words.

Ms. O’Neill is an American travel writer based in New York City. She is the author of the award-winning travel memoir “All Strangers Are Kin: Adventures in Arabic and the Arab World,” and has written dozens of guidebooks, as well as articles for The New York Times, Travel & Leisure and other major publications.

ALC-ALIF Community Service Club Blood Drive

ALC-ALIF Community Service Club Blood Drive- 6th Edition
Monday, April 15 from 9 AM to 4 PM 
American Language Center
2, Rue Amed Hiba, Ville Nouvelle, Fes.
Blood is vital for accident victims and children or adults battling diseases. By joining us, you will help ensure that hundreds of people will have the blood they need, when they need it.
ينظم نادي الأعمال الإجتماعية حملة التبرع بالدم في نسختها السادسة
الاثنين 15 أبريل من الساعة 9 صباحا إلى الساعة 4 بعد الزوال في المركز اللغوي الأمريكي

Paul Bowles: A Musical Portrait

Paul Bowles: A Musical Portrait
by Irene Herrmann (piano) & Carole Blankenship (voice)
Monday, March 4 at 7 PM
ALIF Riad, 6 Derb Drissi, Batha

Irene Herrmann and Carole Blankenship present a music/spoken word concert of Paul Bowles’ music that includes solo piano, songs, storytelling, and readings from Bowles’ writings.

Irene Herrmann, accompanist at the University of California Santa Cruz, is executor of the Paul Bowles Music Estate. Her musical acquaintance with Bowles began in 1992 with a visit to the composer in Tangier. It quickly grew into a lively friendship of discussing, editing, disseminating, and performing his music. Her CD of Bowles’ music includes chamber music, solo and duo piano works and features several performance premieres. Her recitals often use the lecture/performance format, replete with Bowles anecdotes, personal insights into his music, and readings from his essays and works of fiction. The collaborations include vocalists who perform songs from Bowles’ prolific output in the genre of American art song and highlight his musical friendships with Tennessee Williams, Gertrude Stein, and William Saroyan.

Carole Blankenship, soprano, is Associate Professor of Music and Elizabeth G. Daughdrill Chair in the Fine Arts at Rhodes College. She is heard regularly in recitals, chamber music concerts, and oratorio performances. In October 2010, she presented a paper for the International Paul Bowles Conference at the University of Lisbon, Portugal and has presented lecture recitals on his works recently in Brisbane, Australia and in the U.S. With Irene Herrmann she co-edited two sets of songs by Paul Bowles for Classical Vocal Reprints.

This concert, organized by the ALC-ALIF Music Club and Book Club, is free and open to the general public.

Stan Breckenridge in Concert

Stan Breckenridge in Concert
Monday, February 18 at 7 PM
ALIF Riad, Derb Drissi, Batha, Fes Medina

Stan Breckenridge is a professional musician, academician, author, and holds a Ph.D. in Musicology from Claremont Graduate University In Claremont, California, USA. He has performed and given lecture-performances in England, France, Germany, Hungary, Japan, Lithuaina, Mexico, Poland, Slovakia, and the Ukraine. United States performances include The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, The Greek Theater, The Los Angeles Forum, The Los Angeles Sports Arena, The Hollywood Bowl, The Watts Summer Festival, Capitol Records, and on various national TV programs. Stan Breckenridge has appeared with and/or performed for personalities such as Madeleine Albright, Bill Cosby, Mahalia Jackson, Jerry Lewis, Martha Reeves (of the Vandellas), Larry McCormick, Rowan and Martin, David Ruffin (of the Temptations), Nancy Sinatra, John Travolta, John Wayne.
Some recent performances include four appearances on Jaka to Melodia, one of Poland’s popular music programs on national TV; and a feature performance, for the Polish-American Military Picnic titled “Always close by, Safe together”, organized on the occasion of the visit of U.S. President Donald Trump.
Stan Breckenridge has nine albums: Inspirations (2014), Out of Love for Jazz (2012,) Reflections (2009), A Soulful Christmas (2008), This Is My Song (2007), Live in Poland (2005), Solo (2003), Meditations (2001), and Expositions (1999). He also recorded an album in 2017 titled Black and Tan Fantasy with Poland’s longest-running traditional jazz group – Jazz Band Ball Orchestra (JBBO).
Academically, Dr. Breckenridge was selected as a United States Distinguished Chair Fulbright Scholar to Poland for the 2012–2013 and 2013-2014, where he taught at the University of Marie Curie Sklodowska in Lublin, and Jagiellonian University in Kraków. He also served as a Fulbright Scholar to Poland in 2005. Currently, in addition to performance, he is an “Artist in Residence” Visiting Professor in the Faculty of English at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland. He has authored three textbooks: Music Taste or Waste: Critical Listening Skills for Students, Teachers, and Parents (3rd edition, 2018); Popular Music in America: Forging the American Spirit (3rd edition, 2015); and African American Music for Everyone: Including Theater, Film and Dance (3rd edition, 2014).


4th International Artists Gathering of Fez
“Arts and Social Responsibility in the Arab World”
17-20 January 2019

Fez Gathering is a dynamic Fez-based network of artists from Morocco and other African countries. It offers an international platform to artists to discuss, explore and combine the potentials of art in a modern world.
On its fourth edition in January 2019, the Fez Gathering will explore the role and challenges of the arts with social responsibility in Morocco and in the Arab world.

You are all welcome.