Country Profile

  • Peace Corps Country since 1963image2
  • Write On! Competition participant 2012 – Present
  • 8 International Winners
  • Creative Writing Tip: The skill of creative writing is like a muscle – the more you use it, the stronger it gets. So journaling or setting aside time for writing on a regular basis is an important step to developing creativity and eloquence in writing.
  • Fun Fact: In previous times, selling a date tree was illegal as dates were the prime source of food and livelihood for people.
  • Write On! Initiatives: This year, we have created a lesson plan handbook for PCVs to give them resources to teach creative writing up until the spring competition. It is a very impressive resource with more than 61 lessons and activities, developed by some Morocco PCVs who are published and aspiring authors. In addition, we are collaborating with another PCV project to increase youth involvement with journalism through a national web news outlet, Morocco World News. We hope seeing their work published on a formal site will be encouraging for our students. Lastly, we hope to add a writing workshop component for winners this spring.
  • Contact the national coordinators at:

2018 National Winners

  • 6th Grade | Ait Iazza
    • You live alone with a pet cat. One day the cat starts talking. What does it say, and what happens next?
  • 7th Grade | Zrarda
    • You’re on a hike in the forest when the trees start talking to you! What do they say and what do you do?
  • 8th Grade | Taroudant
    • You’re on a field trip to the art museum with your class. As you’re walking
      through the gallery, you suddenly realize that the people in the paintings can talk to you! What are they saying?
  • 9th Grade | Ouled Teima
    • You wake up and discover that you are the ruler of a planet. Describe a day in your life.
  • 10th Grade | Taroudant
    • You are exploring in the woods with a friend when you get lost. You meet a person who offers to lead you out and you accept. However, before long you get the feeling you are being led somewhere nobody would want to go.
  • 11th Grade | Figuig
    • Invent a new season and how it affects the world.
  • 12th Grade | El Hanchane
    • You wake up in prison, but you don’t belong there. How do you escape?
  • University 1 | Biougra
    • Write about a normal day in the year 4000.
  • University 2 | El Ksiba
    • You discover that you and your life are actually someone else’s dream. Whose dream is it? What will you do with this knowledge?
  • University 3 | Marrakech
    • You bolt awake but you’re not immediately sure what awakened you. You
      fumble for your cell phone to check the time, but as you reach for the bedside table, your hand passes through it as if it were mist. After a moment…
  • University 4 | El Ksiba
    • Write a story from the villain’s perspective.
  • Professional | Taroudant
    • Write about your worst hello and your favorite goodbye.

2017 National Winners

  • 6th Form
    “What is one physical trait that an animal has that you wish humans also had?”
  • 7th Form
    “You’re leaving on a spaceship and you can only bring two items. Which two do you bring and why?”
  • 8th Form 
    “You turn on the TV to watch the news. A bank has been robbed. The police are searching for whoever did this. You sit down on the couch with your breakfast when suddenly there is a loud pounding on your door. You see police officers and police cars with their lights flashing: “Open up!” They shout.”
  • 9th Form
    “All humans are born with an animal companion they can talk to. What animal is your companion and why? Tell a story about an adventure you have together.”
  • 10th Form 
    “You are camping with your friends in the forest. You all have backpacks and two tents. When night falls, you light a fire and you get into a tent with three of your friends. As you are about to fall asleep, an enormous shadow passes your tent. You get very scared and wake your friends up. Suddenly, there is a loud scream.”
  • 11th Form 
    “You walk to the store to buy food for your family. When you get to the store there is no food on the shelves. You ask the shop keeper where the food is but she doesn’t know. The food just disappeared. What happens next?”
  • 12th Form 
    “You are studying very hard one night when you hear a knock on your door. You open it and are surprised to see yourself standing there looking back at you with a very serious expression. The other you says, “Listen, I know this is going to seem weird, but I had to come back in time to tell you this.” What happens next?”
  • 1st Year University 
    “If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would you go?”
  • 2nd Year University 
    “All people on earth live in tunnels beneath the ground. What has happened on the surface of the planet? Why do you live underground?”
  • 3rd Year University 
    “Every morning, a bird lands on your window and pecks at the glass. It is your alarm clock. One morning, it doesn’t appear. Instead, there is a note. What does it say? What happens next?”
  • 4th Year University 
    Humanity has finally made it to Mars, but within a month of settling there, the remains of thousands of human skeletons are found. How did they get there? What happened to them and what happens next?
  • Professional 

“You’re late for work because you overslept, but your boss hates over-sleepers. He does love entertaining stories, so create the most outlandish excuse as to why you were late.

2016 National Winners

  • 6th Form
    “You can have a door in your room that opens anywhere. Where would it open and why?”
  • 7th Form
    “You can turn everything in the world a different color. What would yournew world look like?”
  • 8th Form 
    “One day you wake up to find yourself to be the opposite gender. What is it like? How is life different?”
  • 9th Form
    “What’s behind the door? Why is it closed? ”
  • 10th Form 
    “You get onto a spaceship- where is it going? Why?”
  • 11th Form | International Winner
    “You can become a character in any television show, but you can nevercome back to the real world. Would you do it? What show would you enter?Why?”
  • 12th Form | International Winner
    “For one year, you can do anything you want. Money is not a problem andyou will not get in trouble for anything you do. But at the end of the year,you forget everything that happened. What do you do?”
  • 1st Year University 
    “There are two boxes in a room. Inside one box is the best thing in life, insidethe other box, the worst. What is in each of the two boxes? Describe them.”
  • 2nd Year University 
    “A group of tall aliens appears in the United Nations building claiming they have the technology to solve world hunger and end war.  They say they come in peace.  Do you trust them?  What happens next?”
  • 3rd Year University 
    “Respond to the quote: “Comparison is the death of joy””
  • 4th Year University | International Winner
    “A new invention enables people to remember their dreams with absolute clarity. It turns out people were forgetting them for a very good reason. What is the reason?”
  • Professional | International Winner
    “As you die, you travel down the bright tunnel and then everything turns black. That’s when you hear it: “Greetings, Prisoner 11384. You have served your sentence. You are free to go.” What happens next?”

2015 National Winners

  • 6th Form
    “You can live under the sea, in the jungle or on a cloud for the rest of your life. Which place do you choose to live, and what’s your life like?”
  • 7th Form
    “You wake up one morning and realize that you grew wings overnight.  What do you decide to do for the day?”
  • 8th Form | Tafraout
    “One of your senses increases to be ten times stronger. What are the advantages and disadvantages?”
  • 9th Form | Safi
    “You have a time machine that will only work once. What will you do with it?”
  • 10th Form | Oulad Teima | International Winner
    “You wake up to find a key under your pillow. What does it unlock?”
  • 11th Form | Taroudant
    “You snap your fingers once and your best friend appears beside you. You snap your fingers again and you are both transported to your favorite place. What happens when you snap your fingers again?”
  • 12th Form | Safi
    “Describe what it feels like to be a falling raindrop in a thunderstorm.”
  • 1st Year University | Ait Ourir
    “You have the ability to create a brand new world. What kind of world would you create?”
  • 2nd Year University | Ait Iazza
    “You are alone on a hike in the woods. You come across a 374 year old woman. What do you learn from her?”
  • 3rd Year University | Safi
    “You are the only librarian in a secret underground library used by the most important people in the world. Who are they? What do they read? How do you interact with them?”
  • 4th Year University | Tafraout
    “You are a new character in your favorite book. How does your presence change the story?”
  • Professional | Tata | International Winner
    “A scientist shows you his latest invention: a machine that lets you create your own dream world.  If you are hooked up to the machine, you will fall asleep and dream that you are in your ideal world, but you will never wake up.  The scientist gives you the chance to use his machine.  Do you use it?  Why or why not?”

2014 National Winners

  • 7th Form | Safi
    “If you could invent a candy, what would it be? What ingredients would it have and what would it taste like?”
  • 8th Form | El Gara
    “If you could make a new animal, what would it be like?”
  • 9th Form | Khemisset
    “You’ve been in a coma for 30 years. You wake up in the year 2044. Describe what the world is like.”
  • 10th Form | Taroudant
    “Invent a new day of the year to celebrate. What would it be, when would it be, and how would people celebrate it?”
  • 11th Form | Safi
    “You are one of the first settlers on Mars. You have lived there for one year. Write about your first year.”
  • 12th Form | Berkane
    “Write a letter to yourself to be read in 15 years.”
  • 1st Year University | Tata
    “If music had flavor, what would types of music taste like?”
  • 2nd Year University | Safi
    “What will be the most important invention in the next century? How will it change the world?”
  • 3rd Year University | Taroudant
    “What would the world be like if everyone lived forever?”
  • Professional | Ouled Dahou
    “If you could change one event in your life, what would it be and why? How would the present be different?”

2013 National Winners

  • 7th Form 
    “What would you do it you were invisible for a day?”
  • 8th Form
    “What would happen if children ruled the world?”
  • 9th Form
    “Describe the world through a dog’s eyes.”
  • 10th Form
    “You just found a way to travel through time. You only have one round trip. Where and when do you go?”
  • 11th Form
    “What does a blind person see?”
  • 12th Form
    “What would you do if you knew you were going to lose your memory at the end of every day?”

2012 National Winners

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