My 3 video series

The 13 Principles of Anglo-American Storytelling

The 13 Principles of
Anglo-American
Storytelling

I write professionally in two languages – and in two cultures. I see the differences, and they are huge. I see clearly the reason the English-language tradition of storytelling is so powerful, and so successful.
I am teach a course based on these principles and am writing a book and producing a video series about them.
I have finished a 3-part introduction to the series on video. If you write, you should watch these three videos.

The Rules: What Writers Say About Writing

Writing & Ranting:
My Thoughts
on the Art
of Writing

As I teach writing, as I write, and as I read, I think about writing.
These are my thoughts on writing in a series of live rants, often on a Saturday morning. Enjoy!

Writing and Ranting: My Thoughts on the Art

The Rules:
What Writers
Say About
Writing

It is a peculiar custom of English-language writers, from Kurt Vonnegut to Stephen King, to publish lists of their favorite rules of writing, usually ending the list with the most important rule, “There are no rules.”
In this series, I discuss those rules video by video.

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

Why I Teach 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.

Why I Teach 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.

I looked more closely at how a story works and why the English-language world is so good at it and 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.

An Introduction to
the 13 Principles of
Anglo-American
Storytelling

Part 1:
The Question

Part 2:
Every Sentence
a Story

Part 3:

The Democratization of
Storytelling

An Introduction to
the 13 Principles of
Anglo-American
Storytelling

Part 1:
The Question

Part 2:
Every Sentence
a Story

Part 3:

The Democratization of
Storytelling

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.

Learn Creative Writing With Grumpy
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