A candid and thoughtful reflection on faith, reason, and art

The author, in limpid prose, fleshes out a fascinatingly complex religion, which he convincingly argues is the most American of spiritual traditions. His philosophical restraint is admirable—far from repudiating Mormonism, the author actually succeeds in broadening and deepening the terms of its appraisal.

– Kirkus Reviews

Remarkable

Those interested in the intersection of religion and personal choice will find his memoir both forthright and insightful.

– BlueInk Review

His observations on faith and doubt are compelling

The generally lighthearted tone sometimes belies the serious nature of Hansen’s story, which is also one about loss. … His is a wholly human story—not about a lightning-bolt transformation, but rather about a gradual erosion of beliefs. What remains is a quest for meaning.

– Foreword Reviews

Enthralling

A very personal and immensely entertaining book … the personal story of a spiritual emancipation.

– B2 Radio, Katholische Welten

3 Video Series about Writing

The 13 Principles of Anglo-American Storytelling

The 13 Principles of

Anglo-American

Storytelling

Traumatized, damaged, with a better relationship to serial killers tan to normal men, famous Berlin profiler Emma Carow receives word she’s been waiting for for 10 years: Her rapist is out of prison and living in Berlin. But before she can decide whether to forgive him or murder him, a gory discovery rivets her attention: High in an unfinished building hang three bodies in various stages of decomposition – wrapped from head to tow in duct tape

The Rules: What Writers Say About Writing

The Rules:
What Writers
Say About
Writing

Is she a killer? Would killing her rapist save her soul – or ruin her forever. While looking for the killer behind a series of body parts found in Poland, but belonging to women in Berlin, Emma Carow struggles to free herself from her own bitterness and forgive her rapist – but what if he isn’t a changed man after all? What if forgiving him would only give him permission to continue his crimes?

Writing on the Weekend: The Love Rants

Writing on the
Weekend:
The Live-Rants

Traumatized, damaged, with a better relationship to serial killers tan to normal men, famous Berlin profiler Emma Carow receives word she’s been waiting for for 10 years: Her rapist is out of prison and living in Berlin. But before she can decide whether to forgive him or murder him, a gory discovery rivets her attention: High in an unfinished building hang three bodies in various stages of decomposition – wrapped from head to tow in duct tape

Why the English-Speakign World is So Good at Writing
Why is there no Italian Harry Potter?

Why is there no German James Bond?

Why is there no Indonesian Marvel Comics?

What does the English-speaking world know that other cultures don’t?

You’d think that writers approach their art more or less the same all over the world – but they don’t.

As I turned myself into a professional writer, as an American in Berlin writing in German and English, I learned firsthand how vastly different the two cultures of literature and storytelling are.

The reasons for this have to do with the language itself – English is a very simple, and structurally dramatic language – and with the value of storytelling in society – the Anglo-American world values story over literature, content over form and simplicity over elitism.

As I looked more closely at how a story works and why the English-language world is so good at it, I discovered principles of storytelling that English-language writers seemed to pick up immediately, but which were sometimes frowned upon in other cultures.

13 Princicples, to be exact. Today I teach what I have learned to other writers in online courses called “The 13 Principles of Anglo-American Storytelling” – in German and English.

Introduction:
Why Writing in English is different

Part 1:
Every Sentence a Story

Part 2:
Storytelling and the Paying Audience

Coming soon:
The 13 Principles of Anglo-American Storytelling

I am currently preparing a series of videos to go with my course “The 13 Principles of Anglo-American Storytelling. Also, a book.

As soon as the videos – and the book – are available, you will read about it here.

I teach Creative Writing online in German and English. I also coach writers working on specific projects, often in the structuring stage.

In English, I am not associated with a school at this time, but I coach individuals and offer coaching and teaching in small groups online. To find out more, send me an e-mail.

In German, I teach a number of courses online with Text-Manufaktur – to find out what I offer there and the schedule, visit their website.

I also offer coaching for individuals and small groups – for information on upcoming groups and other opportunities in German, visit my Facebook-page or send me an e-mail.

The Video Series:

The Rules: What Writers Say About Writing
I teach Creative Writing online in German and English. I also coach writers working on specific projects, often in the structuring stage.

In English, I am not associated with a school at this time, but I coach individuals and offer coaching and teaching in small groups online. To find out more, send me an e-mail.

In German, I teach a number of courses online with Text-Manufaktur – to find out what I offer there and the schedule, visit their website.

I also offer coaching for individuals and small groups – for information on upcoming groups and other opportunities in German, visit my Facebook-page or send me an e-mail.

Another Video Series:

Writing on the Weekend: The Love Rants
I teach Creative Writing online in German and English. I also coach writers working on specific projects, often in the structuring stage.

In English, I am not associated with a school at this time, but I coach individuals and offer coaching and teaching in small groups online. To find out more, send me an e-mail.

In German, I teach a number of courses online with Text-Manufaktur – to find out what I offer there and the schedule, visit their website.

I also offer coaching for individuals and small groups – for information on upcoming groups and other opportunities in German, visit my Facebook-page or send me an e-mail.

A candid and thoughtful reflection on faith, reason, and art

The author, in limpid prose, fleshes out a fascinatingly complex religion, which he convincingly argues is the most American of spiritual traditions. His philosophical restraint is admirable—far from repudiating Mormonism, the author actually succeeds in broadening and deepening the terms of its appraisal.

– Kirkus Reviews

Remarkable

Those interested in the intersection of religion and personal choice will find his memoir both forthright and insightful.

– BlueInk Review

His observations on faith and doubt are compelling

The generally lighthearted tone sometimes belies the serious nature of Hansen’s story, which is also one about loss. … His is a wholly human story—not about a lightning-bolt transformation, but rather about a gradual erosion of beliefs. What remains is a quest for meaning.

– Foreword Reviews

Enthralling

A very personal and immensely entertaining book … the personal story of a spiritual emancipation.

– B2 Radio, Katholische Welten

The Rules: What Writers Say About Writing

Chapter 1

On the Miracle of Family – Thoughts on reading Longfellow’s “The Children’s Hour”

Chapter 2

The Thanksgiving Rant

 

Chapter 3

Erasing Myself

Chapter 4

Back up knowledge with courage …

Chapter 23

And Someday when I am Dead

Chapter 24

Viktor Frankl vs. The Cat

Chapter 43

Something … Something … Cowboy Hat …

Chapter 44 (part 1)

My Binge Diary Part 1

Chapter 44 (part 2)

My Binge Diary Part 2

Chapter 43

Something … Something … Cowboy Hat …

Chapter 44 (part 1)

My Binge Diary Part 1

Chapter 44 (part 2)

My Binge Diary Part 2

Writing on the Weekend: The Love Rants

Chapter 1

On the Miracle of Family – Thoughts on reading Longfellow’s “The Children’s Hour”

Chapter 2

The Thanksgiving Rant

 

Chapter 3

Erasing Myself

Chapter 4

Back up knowledge with courage …

Chapter 23

And Someday when I am Dead

Chapter 24

Viktor Frankl vs. The Cat

Chapter 43

Something … Something … Cowboy Hat …

Chapter 44 (part 1)

My Binge Diary Part 1

Chapter 44 (part 2)

My Binge Diary Part 2

Chapter 43

Something … Something … Cowboy Hat …

Chapter 44 (part 1)

My Binge Diary Part 1

Chapter 44 (part 2)

My Binge Diary Part 2