Save the date: Patrick Radden Keefe

Come to our Gerard van Westerloolezing on the 27th of September in Amsterdam.

Tickets and more information follows!

Livecast #3 She Said

In this livecast we will discuss narrative techniques in the award-winning She Said. In this investigative story two New York Times reporters break the Weinstein story that ignited the international #MeToo movement. Rebecca Corbett, investigative editor at the New York Times, guided and oversaw the investigation of the two reporters on the sexual harassment allegations against the Hollywood mogul. Together with Corbett and Xandra Schutte, lead editor at De Groene Amsterdammer we will discuss which narrative techniques work in investigative stories that have to be so diligently yet intelligbly written.

Watch this True Stories Livecast here!

Livecast #2 The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Most journalists reporting on science can only dream of writing a story like Rebecca Skloot wrote, author of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. She researched the life (and death) of the forgotten patient and her famous cells for ten years. Together with science journalist Job de Vrieze and Skloot we will discuss ways in which reporting on science can turn into a gripping story like this bestseller and the pitfalls of this technical genre.

Watch this True Stories Livecast here. Sharing or using this livecast is only permitted for educational purposes for Dutch or Flamish journalism. 

Livecast #1 Making For Sama

Covering conflict in the media can be very challenging. Compassion fatigue towards the media and their reporting on lasting conflicts unfortunately is a reality. People are often tired of the news coming from conflict areas and they have a hard time relating to the numerous victims. Last year the documentary For Sama made a huge impact and attracted a lot of attention and a large audience that got emotionally very affected by seeing the film. In this livecast we talk with journalist Fréderieke Geerdink and For Sama director Waad al-Kateab about narrative techniques in the award-winning documentary and how they benefit to reporting on war and conflict. 

You can watch this True Stories Livecast now here from your own sofa 

Save the date!

On October 6th, 13th and 20th we present three inspiring livecasts in collaboration with Pakhuis de Zwijger. During this series we’ll talk with the creators of impactful journalistic productions from all over the world. We’ll discuss how they have used narrative techniques successfully, without losing their journalistic integrity. We will talk about the narrative techniques with the creators of the award winning documentary For Sama, bestseller author Rebecca Skloot and New York Times and She Said editor Rebecca Corbett and many more!

Creating your own narrative photography project

Photographer Ilvy Njiokiktjien, member of the internationally awarded collective VII Photos talks about her long term project Born Free together with Evelien Kunst. In this podcast Kunst and Njiokiktjien zoom in on what you need to create your own independent visually driven story that can be published on more than one platform. What do you need to organize for yourself before you can embark upon a long term project like Born Free? 

Podcast making - Behind the scenes with Andy Mills

How can talking in a “chipmunk voice” help to make a breathtaking, award winning podcast? Andy Mills, audio producer for the New York Times (works for the The Daily), shares strange and wonderful insights, and shameful mistakes, that led to the creation of Caliphate, winner of a Peabody award for best podcast.

True Stories continues online!

Get inspired online by true stories! Together with our speakers, we have found other forms for the True Stories conference. Check out all our podcasts, talks and online sessions here!


Every year, a Flemish-Dutch editorial team chooses the top ten narrative journalists: the master storytellers, in Dutch Meestervertellers. In 2017 an all-English version was organized: Anthology.

In the meantime

Check out online lectures, sessions and workshops from our previous conferences!


Since 2011 we have organized an annual conference on narrative journalism in English, with hundreds of visitors and inspiring speakers from both home and abroad.

Gerard van Westerloo reading

The yearly Gerard van Westerloo lecture pays homage to one of the founding fathers of narrative journalism in the Netherlands by inviting one inspiring journalist.



Every year, a Flemish-Dutch editorial team chooses the top ten narrative journalists: the master storytellers, in Dutch Meestervertellers. In 2017 an all-English version was organized: Anthology.

Catch up on your reading for True Stories

Catch up on your reading for True Stories

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True Stories: The Narrative Dilemma

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