writing the journey with Jan Cornall

MARCH 04 – 17 2018 (optional extra 5 days in Sefrou available)

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This creative adventure into the Moroccan desert will take you deep into the heart and essence of your writing. Start a new project, revitalise an old one or simply write the journey. All genres and levels of experience welcome.

Daily workshops begin in Fes and follow the cosmology of the eight pointed star, which is the base of Moroccan decorative arts, architecture and Islamic symbology. Each day as we travel the desert sands to our seven day oasis retreat in Cafe Tissardmine and on to Marrakech, we will explore the mystical significance of the eight cardinal directions and the areas of writing craft they relate to. Meditative writing techniques combined with image and sense explorations will take your writing to new and unexpected places as the journey reveals the geographic treasures of the shifting Saharan landscape. With the Moroccan star as our map and guiding light, on our last day we will arrive at the ninth point, the centre of the octagon, which in Sufi beliefs represents wholeness and perfection. As we pack our bags for our return we can be sure the profound knowledge and newfound discoveries of our adventure will be useful in our writing for years to come.

Jan is a writer, performer, teacher and facilitator based in Sydney, who leads creative writing workshops and retreats in Australia and the Asia Pacific. She has been awarded numerous grants and fellowships and has written fifteen produced plays, musicals, a feature film, a novel and three CD’s of songs.

Her best remembered work, the cabaret musical, FAILING IN LOVE AGAIN was a cult hit of the early 80’s. As one commentator said “Jan could always be found leading the the charge into the minefield of comedy about contemporary sexual and social mores.”

the gang heads off (camels are just to the left...)






visit Jan’s website for more details and pricing http://www.writersjourney.com.au/

price includes:

• twin share accommodation (b&b only) • Marrakech (2 nights)
• Ouarzazate (1 night)
• Fes (2 nights)

• twin share accommodation (full board) • Cafe Tissardmine (7 nights)

• sunset trip to Erg Chebbi
• Artisanal tour of Fes
• all travel within Morocco from

Marrakech to Fes via Cafe Tissardmine • tuition

price does NOT include:

• international air fares
• alcohol
• some lunches and dinners • personal shopping
• taxes
• Insurances

NOTE: Minimum 4 persons required (Maximum 8 persons)

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Day 1: this is the day for arriving into Fes and settling in to your riad. Those arriving from Australia need to be arriving into Casablanca via Dubai. We will meet you at the airport and provide transport to Fes.

Day 2: following a morning workshop that introduces you to the Moroccan Star and its relevance in writing the journey, we will take you on an artisanal tour organised by our friends at Culture Vultures. This is a non-shopping tour and gives you the opportunity to meet the artisans who dye the leather, carve the wood and plaster and weave the carpets. It includes a visit to the Artisans’ School, an academy dedicated to combining traditional methods with contemporary design The tour also includes visits to historical sites

Day 3; morning workshop, then we hit the road and head over the Middle Atlas Mountains to Tissardmine.


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Situated in Morocco at the edge of Erg Chebbi, one of the largest sand dunes in the Sahara, Café Tissardmine is a unique guesthouse and artist retreat providing a creative oasis for artists and travellers amongst the desert’s beauty, grandeur and stillness and the culture of the indigenous Berber people.

It was created by Australian artist, Karen Hadfield, and local Berber Youssef Bouchedor who bought an old ruined building in Tissardmine, and slowly breathed new life into it. Karen’s artistic expertise is accompanied by Youssef’s incredible knowledge of the desert.

You will arrive at the Café just in time for dinner, then settle in for seven days of morning meditations, structured and free time, readings, performance and explorations including workshops on

• Collecting creative material

• Setting the scene
• Finding your voice
• Driving the characters

• Plotting the action

• Resolution/Impact

• Arriving at the centre of the Moroccan Star

The week long retreat will wrap up with a farewell dinner and Salon.


Day 11 ; After our six day writing retreat in this peaceful oasis, we continue on our desert journey to Boumalne Dades for the final workshop before driving into the mayhem of Marrakech.

Day 12: The final leg of the journey is driving over the High Atlas Mountains to Marrakech

Day 13: In Marrakech, you will the spend the day being guided through the crowded souks where you can definitely shop til you drop…

Day 14: Time to depart; for Australian participants, we will drive you the final three hours to Casablanca airport for your flight to Oz via Dubai.

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  1. pmcgreevy October 11, 2015 12:32 am Reply

    i just watched the episode of house hunters featuring your journey. I think what you built is awesome. Congratulations! I wish you both the absolute best of luck. Very inspiring.


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