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!! 



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

3. mrt, 2019

- Storytelling and the Systemic Approach -

March. 3rd (Sun) DISCxTALK by Nancy Wiltink

Nancy Wiltink from Tuin aan Zee will explore the combination of systemic work and storytelling as a tool for transformation.

For whom: therapists, coaches, teachers, trainers, storytellers, everyone with personal interest in transformation processes, storytelling and systemic work and anyone who wants to discover how techniques of the craft of storytelling is being used in different professional fields.

In this TALK, Nancy will show us the use of the combination of systemic work and narrative approaches (storytelling), focussed on transformational processes.

With systemic, phenomenological work you learn to open up for the big picture first, in order to get deeper insights on a specific question. Which dynamics are visible? Which patterns are we entangled with? What wants to get moving? Systemic works allows one to physically experience patterns that influence your current reality at a deeper level. The undercurrent of reality.

Nancy will open up and share her knowledge and experience in this field with us.

Where: To be announced, The Hague. Tickets: €18,-

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



5. feb, 2019

Raise Our Voice - Storytelling & gender empowerment

Gender bias is still deeply embedded in every facet of our society: socially, culturally, economically, politically and professionally. Women and girls face unacceptable levels of discrimination and abuse, even in developed countries.

Empowerment enables women to play an inclusive role in society and reach their full potential. Storytelling is a powerful method to help trigger change and is an effective way to (re)claim one’s voice, one’s sense of identity.

Storytelling - whether humorous or serious reflections - inspires, forms connections and can lead to change. Stories about women empowerment revolve around insights on role models, self-esteem, courage, opportunities, ambitions, being authentic and so much more!

In this 1-afternoon course you will work in an intimate group with people from all walks of life, all ages and all parts of the world. Through a series of small, gentle exercises, we will step into eachothers cultures, challenges and inspirations. We experience echothers hopes, fears and dreams.

Who were our role models when we were growing up? When did we feel we were held back? When were we stimulated to grow and shine? And where do we stand now? Who do we inspire and who do we stimultate to grow and shine?

May this afternoon be the start of many Stories of Empowerment; for you, for us and for everybody.


Date: Tuesday 5 February 2019
Time: 15.00 – 17:45 hours 
Location: Polak building, Erasmus University Rotterdam

Students/PhD-students: €3,50
Employees of Erasmus: €7,00
Regular:  €7,00

Brought to you in collaboration with:
Studium Generale 
Lustrum Celebration Team – EUR 105 years, Science meets City 
DISC (Dutch International Storytelling Centre)
Mansi Jasuja Consulting, The Hague



10. jan, 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: Jan 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st and Febr. 7th & 14th.

Location: "DISC" at Old Molstraat 37, 2513 BA The Hague

Fee: €160,- /Student
        €280,- /Professional

discount for Taster Workshop participants
        €250,- /Professional