30. jun, 2019

Taster Workshop: Creative writing and Storytelling

Being able to tell a good story isn’t just a great marketing skill or the job of a good teacher or novelist. 
Telling a story with zest and inspiration is something we should all be capable of; it is the best way to connect to other people and it can be a great lifehack. 

What is it that you need to be able to tell a great story? 
How to start, where to draw material from, how to build in tension, how to capture the audience, how to inspire and ‘show don’t tell…’

In this workshop series Ninke will aim to answer those questions by coming together, writing together and through teaching you a set of writing techniques. We will dive into the possibilities of different narrative structures and character development. We will learn about creating inspiring imaginative spaces for your audience to dwell in.

But, maybe more importantly, we will explore what it is that creative writing can do. 
How it can take you to a different headspace, a different experience of time even, and how the act of writing itself can be of help to create ideas, explore memories, dreams, songs, vivid images and thoughts you didn’t even know you had. 

We will do so playfully and with the help of easily accessible exercises. We will enjoy the writing process, discuss and create together, read together and learn to tell our stories in a playful, stress-free way!!

Ninke Overbeek is a playwright and dramaturg who lives in The Hague. Some of her work was performed at STET The English Theatre.(See the reference or 2)
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: 30th June (Sun) 14:00-17:00 

Location: Strandtent het puntje (Einde Zwarte pad, 2587 The Hague)

 Fee: 10€ /Student
         15€ /Professional

In Sept-Oct, a 6 days Workshop "Writing from Scratch"  will open!!
They will be held on 6 Thursday evenings in a row: Sept 26 Oct 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31. (19h-22h)
Those who come to the taster will get a discount to the workshop!!
Do not miss this chance!! 



Before the course, I thought I couldn’t write and that I hated writing. But during the course I realised, that writing was very freeing. There are so many ways to write and even just hearing others tell their stories was so nice. Ninke is an excellent host and guides you through the exercises beautifully.I also liked that stakes were very low. You didn’t need to read out loud (if you didn’t want to), no group work, no pressure.This course is a good starting point, if you want to know how to write, forgot how to write or just like to  write in a supportive group setting. (Yumi) 

It was a light, yet productive session taster. I enjoyed the class – it provided a great way to share in an easy-going, non-competive and non-critical context.I’ve learnt that this course could be good to review the more theoretical, academic side of the writer’s craft. That I need to write more and sensor less. However, good to go back and review, rework materials. Writing is a discipline.This course is a creative and nurturing workshop for those who would like to get their creative juices flowing. (L.M.)

I was very happy to have the opportunity to refresh the learning of a previous course I took with Ninke. This course was very nice too, and totally different than the first time. I had a deeper understanding of some concepts (show don’t tell). I might actually try to write on my own this time. (Isil)

Before the course I wondered: Can I actually write something which makes sense and has a flow? I realised that I need to let go and write without constraints. To be mindful and let it flow.This workshop is a chance to discover the hidden storyteller inside you. The exercises are simple but interesting and challenging to do. Very immersive and fun! (Gunjan)