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From idea to story

Masterclass Week

Writing with Thomas Verbogt

“From idea to story”

13 August 2026 - 12 August 2026


Maestro Thomas Verbogt

Status Expected in 2023

“Getting to the story” – From an idea to a story with Thomas Verbogt

Every writer, from beginner to professional, knows the phenomenon; the story idea wanders around in your head, but it is elusive and cannot yet be captured in written words. In this master class Thomas Verbogt guides the participants along the path from idea to story.

Many literary components will be discussed: tension, characters and their character, dialogues, rhythm, dosage, the effect of a text. And of course: your own style, how to develop it, how to use it adventurously.

Craft & Inspiration

First of all, Thomas Verbogt will discuss the craft of writing and show how reality can help you think about a story, what to do when you get stuck, how to deepen your inspiration and make it more productive. With short, concrete exercises, he will teach how to explore your possibilities.

For the rest of the week, participants will work on a story, long or short. Joint workshops are scheduled daily, focusing on the plan everyone has and the progress they are making on it. Of course, there is also plenty of time for individual work – in the classroom, in one’s own room or under a palm tree in the shade, as one chooses. Thomas Verbogt walks around, gives advice, answers questions, cooperates, in short, can be consulted at any moment.

At the end of each day the results are discussed, both the successes and the problems. The intention is that each participant will return home after this week with a finished short story, or a finished chapter that can be the heart of a novel yet to be written.

What is included

Our Masterclass package looks as follows:

  • Arrival on Sunday from 3pm, departure Saturday 12pm.

  • Six nights stay in one of our luxurious private rooms (see our country house page).

  • Monday through Friday four group lessons per day, plus enough time for independent work and relaxation.

  • Maximum of 15 participants per week, lots of individual attention.

  • Welcome drink and light snack on day of arrival.

  • From Monday to Friday full board with breakfast, lunch and dinner.

  • Including all non-alcoholic beverages.

  • Sunset trip on catamaran, including barbecue and drinks on board.

  • Access to the beach at Delfins Beach Resort from Monday to Saturday.

  • Transfers to and from the airport

  • Assistance with possible booking of car rental, extended stay on the island or other activities with our partners.

  • Package price in dollars $ 3950

About Thomas Verbogt

Thomas Verbogt is a writer of novels, short stories and plays. Recent titles: Elephant of soap (2019) and If you see the silence (2020). His novel Als de winter voorbij is (2015) was on the shortlist of Libris Literature Prize. In 2007 he published Schrijven is ritme (Writing is Rhythm), which takes a closer look at the importance of rhythm in literary texts by (aspiring) writers. Thomas Verbogt is also a daily columnist for the newspaper of his birth, De Gelderlander. He was and is a teacher at various writing schools, currently at the Toneelacademie Maastricht and the Amsterdam Toneelschool & Kleinkunstacademie.

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