Diane LeBow recently participated in the Mokuleia Writers Retreat 2018, run by Connie Hale, on the north shore of Oahu, Hawaii. Linda Watanabe McFerrin and Larry Habeggar were among the workshop leaders.

Diane read from “The Woman in Black,” a story that will be included in her upcoming travel memoir (2019). Here’s a brief excerpt:

“While walking around the Djema’a el-Fna, the enormous plaza in Marrekech, a woman in black slipped in beside me. Surrounding us were the jugglers, fortunetellers, acrobats, child boxers, snake charmers, and transvestites. The smells of spices, hot coals, and food cooking tantalized our nostrils. All this receded as the woman in black stared deeply into my eyes. Totally covered from head to foot, only her penetrating eyes and etched cheekbones were visible. She stood so close to me that I could feel her breath and smell the scents she wore on her body. She might have been, probably was, both thief and prostitute. I liked her and trusted her immediately.”