19. nov, 2020

WRITERS RECIPES: Online writing sessions (1hr) on November 19th, December 17th, January 21st and February 18th. Choose your session, or choose all 4 of them.

Dear writers and aspiring writers,

Let’s inspire each other. While we are mostly at home, trying to write (or start writing…), just like when we’re trying new recipe’s, we want to be inspired by the creativity of others once in a while.

Check in to ask quick questions about ingredients for your script, flavours for your texts, spicy story-ideas, and lengthy brooding on bookplan broths, writing tips and tricks.

These sessions are quick, one hour inspiration meetings, in which we discuss your questions. All you have to do is bring a question about your writing and tune in on Zoom.

Every session ends with a quick recipe to write right away, to get you ready for your own writing process.

Ninke knows about: writing poetry, writing prose/ stories, writing plays, writing storytelling scripts, writing for performance, ficto-critical writing, writing lyrics, writing for music-theatre and has been teaching creative writing for almost ten years. Her practice as a writer and teacher will be inspiration for these sessions, and we will make use of the power of the group.

First session: 19th of November, 19:00-20:00 on How to start writing (and how to continue..)

Venue: Zoom.us
(We will send you a meeting link after a subscription. The Zoom set up meeting will start from 18:30 for Zoom beginner. if you are new to zoom, please have a look: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vFhAEoCF7jg

Fee: 10 Euro

More dates:

December 17th, 2020: Second session: What to do with characters/ voices/ points of view? How to make them come alive.

January 21st, 2021: Third session: Structure, can I eat that? > Ways to structure texts.

February 18th, 2021: Fourth session: I am not writing at all. Why? > About reasons why we (all of us) avoid writing (and what to do about it)




19. jun, 2020

Would you like to know more about this thing called 'Storytelling"'?

Wouldn't you love it if you could master the Craft of Storytelling too?

Do you ask yourself at times: "Could I do this?"

Well..... YES, YOU CAN!!

We will take you on a joyful journey and plunge you into the basics of Storytelling. Because, telling a story is within the reach of everyone. And at the end of the day, YOU will have a great story to tell.

We will be working on:
- Natural Storytelling
- Storytelling Techniques & Structure
- Image ..etc...

This course is suitable for beginners and people with little experience.
The course is given by Michael, Terra and/or Francine, according to availablity at that time.

Upcoming Date: March 20th & 21st

New dates coming soon

Course: Sat & Sun:10h00-17h00 [9:30 coffee/tea.])
Location: "DISC" TBA
SPECIAL BEGINNERS PRICE: € 160,- (We offer this course way underpriced because we would like to give everybody an easy opportunity to experience what the Craft of Storytelling is about.)



Is one day and a half enough for me to learn some basic tools of storytelling and being able to build and tell a story? I was surprised to see that actually the time was enough to cover the basics of storytelling and build and tell a story. The big discovery for me was that I can feel comfortable standing in front of people and tell a story, especially now that I feel I know a bit more, it is a course where you can get a taste of what storytelling is and you can have fun telling a story in a safe group. I would like to dive deeper into the art of storytelling now. Maybe an intermediate course. A course about personal stories. There is much to be discovered! (Gea)

I decided very much last moment. It was good timing and compared it with other options (which were 3 days and more expensive). I loved the ‘word throwing’ exercise, to let creativity flow. I would advise to create time to do this – try it out in a ‘safe space’. There is a pleasant atmosphere. It is very interesting. I gained more consciousness, especially about placing/landscaping. I got inspired and gained confidence! I would say this is a very good and affordable beginner’s course to try out if you like storytelling and basic techniques to prepare stories. I feel like I definitely got the first set of tools to start elaborating on the art of storytelling and skills building. (Annet)

I was curious, fully open to what it will be. No concerns; Just healthy expectations. It turned out to be very, very enjoyable! It felt safe, I felt at ease. The easiness of the sphere helps to just go and try out. It is a great first dive… Handy, practical, useful, insightful. (Barbara)



4. jun, 2020

Dear all, writers and storytellers.

Hi, this is Ninke
In June, I am planning to give an advanced ‘Writers Room’ workshop-series at DISC! 

We will work online, we found out sharing stories online is still lovely. It connects us beyond the boundaries of our houses and cities.
It is great to hear stories written by others and to reflect on them together. And to be read to as an adult by many different voices: also great.

We will inspire you to find new writing ideas, new angles for your work and new books, poems and plays to read/ watch online.
Every time we have these sessions, it genuinely makes me very happy, we tend to learn a lot from each other’s work, and I want to share that experience with more of you.


This is the plan;

Every participant will be requested to send me a draft of their work before the 1st meeting.
The text you can bring can be no longer than 2-3 pages and should be written in English.

Every session will start with a short writing exercise and some material written by others, to warm you up and to get you inspired.
In each session, we will read your work together and discuss a different technique.

You will be asked to work on your text every week, in-between our online sessions.
Do not worry, Ninke and the group will inspire you more than enough so that you have momentum to dive in. You will find the work is light,
because you will be inspired by the group and you will have an incentive to write more than you ever did.

Keep in mind
- This is an advanced course. This means that you should have at least followed a
few writing sessions with me or another writing teacher before.

Types of text you can send:
- A draft for a short story
- A short piece of fiction (a story, a poem, a fictional or ficto-critical essay, a piece
of dialogue for prose or for the stage, a performance text) that you like, but do
not know how to develop.
- A chapter from a book that you are writing.
- A piece of dialogue that you have been drafting for a theatre play.
- A poem that you have written but you feel needs work.
- A synopsis/ idea for a story/ plotline that you like but that needs discussion.

Ninke Overbeek is a playwright and dramaturg who lives in The Hague. Some of her work was performed at STET The English Theatre.
She writes for the stage in English and Dutch and researches the possibilities of creative writing processes for the Dutch academic context at the Professorship for Performative Processes in Utrecht (HKU).

Date and Time: 4th June and 5 more sessions on every Thursdays
                        (4, 11, 18, 25 June & 2, 9 July)

Location: Online (ZOOM)

Fee:€240,- /Discount for Taster Workshop participants
€260,- /Normal fee



Testimonials from the foundation workshop 

I was super excited before participating in this course, this is something I don’t do often and that was the reason why I decided to do it. In advance I had no concerns at all, but certainly a lot of curiosity. Doing it was enlightening. Pretty amazing to hear and learn things that I wasn’t aware of. Also hearing other stories and viewpoints, I really enjoyed this.

Words with sounds to it – Really cool! Rules of observations. Show don’t tell, tell don’t show. Round and flat characters. You got to try it! (I.A.)

I just wanted to explore and develop a new skill, and find out if I would like to do more with it. It turned out to be so nice to have a small group. I learned a lot of things and found out some unexpected things happening in my writing. Nice! I have grown in awareness of new ways to write and about methods to use to improve my writing. This is such a good start to explore new ways to communicate. (Miranda) 

I was so much looking forward to it and it was indeed good fun. I learnt a lot! Like various techniques and things to include in my writing. Do you like writing stories? Do it! (Cath) 

At first I asked myself: “Am I actually qualified for that? Do all the others already have lots of experience and I am the only bloody beginner?”. But it was very easy going, nice to get to write so quickly and easy. I learned something valuable and I got new ideas. Discovering ways on how to start writing, organizing a story, developing it, and the invitation to continue in this field. If you would like to write something at some point in life, you should go there. (Robert) 

As I had attended the taster, I already had an idea of how the course would be (very hands-on, in small groups), so I did not have any particular concern. It felt like a safe environment, it was very enjoyable, because it is very hands-on, with a variety of exercises. I realise I learned some writing techniques that are easy to apply. And I found myself writing a few texts that I am not unhappy about. So I would say: “If you would like to test if writing is something you would enjoy, try this course.”. (V.B.)



31. mei, 2020

Sunday May 31st at 14h – 15h30 online via ZOOM

What happens to our minds when we are transported into the wonderful world of stories? Our mind goes on a uniquely transportive journey, an out-of-body experience fuelled by a cocktail of brain chemicals and governed by social structures. Understanding this process can help us be better storytellers and just maybe, help us understand a little better the purpose of our most meaningful stories.

Connor McMullen will give a talk on how stories work on the brain and how we can work with our brain, through the Craft of Storytelling. This informative and educational online meeting really helps you understand how story and brain work best together.

Connor McMullen is a freelance storyteller based in Den Haag. He graduated cum lade from TU Delft’s Engineering and Policy Analysis Master's program, where he specialised in the role of storytelling and mythology in policy communication. He volunteers as a writer for the NGO Justice & Peace and wrote the recently released short documentary Solotvyno

More on Connor McMullen: Policy Mythology   Twitter - namelessjayhawk   Instagram - connor.p.mcmullen

Tickets: €20

To sign up, please send an email to michael@DISCstorytelling.com and get payment & log in information.

30. mei, 2020

"I understand the basics of storytelling, but I would like to master it better !!"

"It was a bundle of fun joining a DISC workshop and I would like more !!" 

 "I have a lot of passion for storytelling. Although I've never done a course, I am willing to jump into deep water !!"

If you recognize one of the inner voices above, this course is exactly for you !!!

The DISC directors will take you on a fun and exciting journey to deepen "the Craft of Storytelling" in only two days! In this course you will discover the craft beyond basic level, learn practical tools and brush up your skills in a safe and encouraging environment. We will work in a very small group, with loads of personal coaching.


Date: New dates comin soon (Sat, Sun/10h-17h) 2020

Location: DISC

Fee: Special offer € 250,-  (Official Price is € 330-)

Participants in this course are asked to bring a short story they wish to work with and are ready to tell. (Up to the length or 10 mins)

Limited places (max 4 people), book early enough so you won't miss it!