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Storytelling for Academics, from Little Red Riding Hood to the lecture hall.

This course is offered in collaboration with Wageningen Graduate Schools (WGS).

Course description

In this one-day workshop, participants will craft a story to describe their research projects.

Academic research that doesn’t interact with society exists in a vacuum. Nothing survives in a vacuum. To thrive, researchers need effective narrative tools for sharing their projects.  Good communication enables multi-disciplinary cooperation, successful funding applications, and positive interactions with the media.

In this workshop, participants will learn how to share their research using the medium of story. Story structures are ancient and relatively consistent, going back to oral traditions around the world. The core structures of story are found today in everything from Star Wars to Moana to Heel Holland Bakt.

Story structures can accommodate large amounts of complex information. This workshop will introduce participants to basic story structure. Through a combination of engaging activities and individual feedback, participants will use these structures to improve their own research story. Participants can use the method introduced in the workshop in a variety of contexts after the workshop concludes.

Target group

PhD candidates and Post-docs who have a personal, professional, or research story they have to tell for a specific target audience.

Course objectives

  • Learn a basic story structure
  • Analyze a story to identify important plot points
  • Develop effective and specific story elements
  • Give effective feedback about story structure
  • Reflect on one's own story development

Course duration and credits

  • 1 session from 10.00 to 17.00
  • 0,25 ECTS

Dates and times

Dates will be scheduled when we have 8 or more registrations.

Course materials

Participants should bring a story with them in outline, meaning with the main parts of the story already on paper. This is the story the participant will further develop during the workshop.


Participants must attend the entire session to receive a certificate.

Admission requirements

To be admitted to this course, you need to score at least 70 on the Oxford Online Placement Test (click here to make an appointment) or to have an equivalent score on one of the following international tests:

  • At least 6.5 on the IELTS exam
  • At least a grade C on the Cambridge First exam
  • At least a grade C on the Cambridge Advanced exam
  • At least 80 on the TOEFL exam (internet-based)

We will also accept a diploma from any English-taught Master’s programme at a Dutch university.

Course fee

Reduced fee* € 100
University fee** € 200
External fee € 230

The fee includes study and training material. Coffee/tea and lunches are not included.

Reduced fee*
- PhD candidates of Wageningen University with an approved Training and Supervision Plan (TSP) who are registered at one of the WU graduate schools (EPS, PE&RC, VLAG, WASS, WIAS, WIMEK).
- Postdocs of Wageningen University who are registered at one of the WU graduate schools.

University fee**
- All other PhD candidates / Wageningen University postdocs and staff.

    • Cancellation condition

      You may cancel free of charge up to four weeks before the start of the course. After this date you will be charged the University fee. Unless:

      • You can find someone to replace you in the course and supply the course coordinator with the name and contact information of your replacement. In this case you will only be charged a € 50 cancellation fee.
      • You (PhDs and postdocs of Wageningen University) have a valid reason to cancel (illness or death in the family 1st or 2nd degree). In this case you will be charged the reduced fee and your supervisor/PI must send a mail indicating the reason for cancellation.