Writing from scratch ~Exploring your own creativity through writing~
This workshop-series is about the other side of story-telling, about Creative Writing, and aims to dive into the craft of creative writing.
In six sessions, you will explore six different elements to writing creatively, which are essential to good writing and which are great to explore and try for yourself.
All of this will be done in the spirit of exploring what material already lives inside you, inspiring you to write freely and in an uninhibited way, and looking into ways you can use that creative headspace in other areas as well, whether professionally or just for fun.
In this workshop-series, you will also sometimes look into (fragments from) original texts: poems, plays, prose or philosophy, in relation to the exercises.
Every session will focus on one specific theme. We will look into;
• Writing from the senses and choosing perspective: observation
• Developing characters
• Working with tension: structuring text and informing your reader or audience
• Writing dialogue, exploring conflict and subtext
• Writing poetry
• Exploring themes, concerns, interests; finding your voice
None of this will be dry, or purely technical. What we will do, is discovering how you can work with these techniques in a playful way, exploring possibilities of the language as we go along.
You are going to work with short, easily accessible writing exercises, that set you off on a creative path right away, making the next steps in your writing process clear to you as well.
You do not have to have any experience in writing, nor do you have to be working in a creative field. All you need to bring is your pen, a willingness to write, and an open mind.
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: tba (6 Thursday evenings from 19:00-22:00)
Location: "DISC" at Old Molstraat 37, 2513 BA The Hague
Fee: €160,- /Student
for Taster Workshop participants
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.)