5. okt, 2019

"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: October 5th and 6th (Sat, Sun/10h-17h) 2019

Location: DISC

Fee: Special  offer € 220-  (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!  

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26. sep, 2019

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
        €280,- /Professional

discount for Taster Workshop participants
        €140,-/Student
        €250,- /Professional

 

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Testimonials:

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.)

20. sep, 2019

September 20th (evening) & 21st (day)

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 Dates:


September 20th (evening) & 21st (day)
Course: Fri:19:00-22:00[18:30 coffee./tea] Sat:10h00-17h00 [9:30 coffee/tea.])
Location: "DISC" at The Oosterbeek Estate
SPECIAL BEGINNERS PRICE: € 95,- Regular price would be €175,-. 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.

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Testimonials

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)

 

 

30. jun, 2019

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!! 

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Testimonials:

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)

 

28. apr, 2019

April 28th (Sun) 15h-17h DISCxTALK by Anje Robertson

- Symbolism in Folk & Fairy Tales -

For whom: teachers, parents, grandparents, public speakers, storytellers, writers, policy makers, politicians, gouvernment workers, care givers, day care workers or anyone who would just like to learn more on how The Craft of Storytelling is being used in professional fields.

Many of our Folk and Fairy Tales, Myths and Sages are many, many.... many centuries old.

They are ancient stories, handed over through thousands of generations. They can be so old, we are not able to trace back their origines anymore.

These oldest of oldest stories, bring us the oldest of oldest wisdom and are filled with subtle symbolism, helping us listeners to understand this wisdom at our deepest level.

Master Storyteller Anje Robertson has studied the origines, the keepers and the symbolism over the years and will share her wisdom on this with us.

When: Sunday April 28th, starting at 15h and ends at 17h

Where: City Oasis Spinozahof, The Hague. Tickets: €18,-

To reserve a seat: send an email to: info@DISCstorytelling.com