“Wide Open Writing is about going deep,
about slowing down and listening to your own self, soul, muse.” 
— Ann Hedreen, author of "Her Beautiful Brain" - Isla Holbox, 2018



Morocco is a mysterious place, shrouded in magic that lingers just out of sight.  This warm, hospitable culture, famous for its oral storytelling tradition, extends the invitation to enter with full abandon in order to truly arrive at its sparkling heart.  Go beyond gated entrances, peer through cracked doors.  Behind the bustle and chaos of the city, the quiet respite of a riad awaits. 

A living, breathing metaphor for the creative process, Marrakech is a playful, peek-a-boo city, bursting with vibrant colors, sounds and aromas.  This ancient red city set at the edge of the Sahara eagerly takes us out of our day-to-day into a dizzying, dazzling and delightful array of extraordinary experiences.  It's the perfect place to embark upon an adventure with the muse, a wonderful, wild city that gives us permission to let go of everything we thought we knew.   

 Private courtyard and plunge pool

Private courtyard and plunge pool


Join us for seven days of writing, yoga and filling our creative wells with the delights of the enchanting city of Marrakech.  The morning begins with rooftop yoga for all levels, followed by a locally-sourced breakfast.  The days will balance writing sessions with opportunities for guided feedback while soaking in all that the city has to offer.  Together, we will build a community where, regardless of your writing background, you will have the freedom to explore the story you need to tell.  Evenings will be spent gathered together over a shared candlelit deliciously made meal, star-gazing from the rooftop, or reading by the fireplace.       

riad pool


We'll stay within the walls of the medina in a fully-staffed  private riad.  Within walking distance of the city's spectacular main square and UNESCO World Heritage Site, Jemaa El-Fnaa, the riad houses multiple courtyards, a plunge pool, lounge areas, a living room with a fireplace and a rooftop terrace.  Rooms are spacious and decorated with traditional Moroccan textiles, each with its own ensuite bathroom.  The riad has its own hammam where you can enjoy a traditional treatment and massage with local Moroccan oils.  Sip mint tea on the terrace or by the fireplace in the evenings after dinner.  Just outside the walls of the riad, wild Marrakech awaits.       

 Shared room 

Shared room 



Full breakfasts of Moroccan specialties will be served daily with plenty of coffee and tea breaks throughout the day.  Traditional Marrakchi dinners will be served nightly on the rooftop as the sun sets.  Lunch is included with the cooking class at La Maison Arabe, one of Churchill's favorite old haunts. 

included Perks

  • Cooking class at La Maison Arabe

  • Traditional hammam treatment

  • Massage with Moroccan oils

  • Airport transfers   

 Private room

Private room

 Rooftop terrace

Rooftop terrace

 Private room 

Private room 


Shared accommodation with private ensuite bathrooms available for $2950.  Private rooms with ensuite bathrooms available for an additional $500 supplement.  Includes six nights in a private riad, breakfast and dinner, airport transfer to and from Marrakech's Menara Airport, all writing workshops and morning yoga.  Also included is a traditional hammam treatment and massage as well as a cooking workshop at the legendary La Maison Arabe.  If this retreat interests you, please book early as limited spaces are available.  Secure your spot by paying a non-refundable deposit of $1200.   


Marrakech Deposit
pay non-refundable deposit

If you're interested in more information to find out whether or not this retreat is for you, please contact us using the form below.  We are happy to put you in touch with a past participant, too!  

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