Broadening Courses

Winterschool doing narrative change

The Winter School Narrative Change is meant for PhD students, postdoc and experienced researchers who want to improve their competence in doing narrative analysis. Knowledge and experience with qualitative research are recommended (for required entry levels please contact Anneke Sools).

Learning Goals 

At the end of the course, the participant is able to

  • Apply story line analysis to own data;
  • Interpret stories of personal and sociocultural change;
  • Critically reflect on reporting narrative research. 


The focus of the Winter School is doing narrative analysis. The first day is dedicated to doing story line analysis. Anneke Sools will give an introduction of story line analysis for novice and more experienced narrative researchers. Former PhD students who joined our Summer Schools on narrative analysis present how they applied story line analyses to their own data. The second day, participants work together on a story line analysis of their own data. In the afternoon, two experienced researchers will give inspirational, interactional lectures on their narrative work on personal and social change: Rivka Tuval-Mashiach and Julia Wittmayer. The third day consists of group presentations of the story line analyses and feedback of the teachers. In an interactive workshop, Gerben Westerhof will discuss how results of narrative analyses are reported in the scientific domain. The participants have to prepare themselves by studying reader texts and doing home assignments. 



Drienerlolaan 5

7522 NB Enschede

Tel: (053) 433 13 66 


Dates for 2018 will be announced 

PhD students of the University of Twente are free of charge.

For more information:


Rivka Tuval-Mashiach is associate professor at the Narrative, Trauma, and Resilience Lab of the Bar-Ilan University, Israel. Her research fields include coping with trauma and stress, identity challenges and identity re-construction in coping with trauma and illness, narratives of gender, and the development of narrative theory and qualitative methodologies.

Julia Wittmayer is senior researcher at the Drift research institute of the Erasmus University Rotterdam. She is interested in social innovation and social sustainability in urban areas and on local scale. Theoretically, she is interested in the roles, social relations and interactions of actors involved in transition (management) processes and initiatives

Gerben Westerhof is professor in Narrative Psychology and Technology at the University of Twente. His research focuses on how life stories contribute to identity development and mental health across the lifespan with a focus on later life.

Anneke Sools is assistant professor in Narrative Psychology at the University of Twente. Her research focuses on methodological innovations in story line analysis as well as on the role of building resilience by imagining future stories.



10.00     Welcome with coffee

10.30     Story Lab @UTwente (Gerben Westerhof)

10.45     Introduction to Narrative Analysis (Anneke Sools)

12.30     Lunch

13.30     Pitches of participants

14.30     Workshop Story Line Analysis (Anneke Sools) 

15.30     Coffee and Tea break

16.00     Examples of storyline analysis (PhD students)

17.30     Leisure Time

18.30     Dinner (costs not included)



9.00        Assignment: storyline analysis on own data, preparing presentations

12.30     Lunch

13.00     Narratives of social change (Julia Wittmayer)

14.30     Coffee and Tea Break

15.00     Narratives of personal change (Rivka Tuval-Mashiach)

16.30     Leisure Time

18.30     Dinner (costs not included)



9.00        Group Presentations with feedback from lecturers

10.30     Coffee and Tea Break

11.00     Group presentations with feedback from lecturers

12.30     Lunch

13.30     Workshop Reporting Narrative Research (Gerben Westerhof)

15.30     Evaluation

15.45     Coffee and Tea Break

16.00     Optional: consultation hour on individual research (Anneke Sools and Gerben Westerhof)

17.00     End of day 3