Creative Writing in Arabic

Creative Writing in Arabic

This course focuses on how to write a short story in Arabic while using your creative and innovative skills. The course covers many aspects including, how to create a compelling opening that will grab the attention of your readers, develop the characters in your story, and build the story structure. You will learn the role of brevity in writing, point-of-view, setting, description, conflict, characterization, and dialogue. Throughout the workshop, stories of important contemporary writers will be read and discussed to model and examine the different structural elements that go into crafting a short story. All sessions will combine a tutor-led presentation with discussions and hands-on writing exercises.

  • Write one complete short story
  • Recognize strengths and areas for improvement in their own work
  • Learn to read more attentively to understand how writers succeed in writing their stories
  • One-week: July 31 - August 4, 2022
  • Sessions will run daily from 9 am to 3 pm
  • AUC New Cairo campus
  • Fridays and Saturdays off
  • EGP 2,500 (price includes materials needed and activities)
  • 10% discount offered for siblings

Students aged 17+ years with a good level in Arabic. Students are encouraged to send a writing sample (a short story or essay) in Arabic to to ensure their Arabic level fits the course.

All the boot camp participants will receive a certificate of participation from AUC.

The AUC bus service is available for extra fees. Details on the schedule will be shared before the program's start date.
Note that only vaccinated students are allowed to use the bus service.

Accommodation is offered at the University residences.

Montasser Al-Qaffash

Montasser Al-Qaffash is a senior instructor in the Department of Arabic Language Instruction at The American University in Cairo. He obtained a BA in Arabic literature and an MA in literary criticism. He has published four collections of short stories and three novels. In 2002, he won the Egyptian State Incentive Award for the short story. He’s a two-time recipient of the Sawiris Cultural Award for the novel and the short story. His novel To See Now was translated into Italian in 2012, and many of his stories have been translated into European languages. He has served as chairman of the First Book Committee in the Supreme Council of Culture in Egypt. He is the editor of the narrative section in the magazine The word e-Month. He has participated as a judge for a number of prizes and awards.

A 100% refund of the program fees will be offered in the following cases. Cases should be reported at least three weeks before the program's start date.

  • Course cancellation 
  • Medical withdrawal
  • Visa denial