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.

Everything you need to know about writing a murder mystery – in an entertaining way

For me, the mystery writing course with Eric (and his partner Astrid) was a master class. They got across everything, really everything you need to know about drama, suspense and structure of a murder mystery in an entertaining way. On top of that there were a lot of insider and practical tips that really helped me as a writer. Tiptop!

– Cornelia Härtl, “Kalte Rache,” the Lena Borowski murder mysteries, dp Verlag, www.cornelia-haertl.de

The secrets of writing murder mysteries

Heroes, villains, dramatic arcs – Eric (and his partner Astrid) reveal the secrets of writing murder mysteries. Absolutely to be recommended.
 
Peter Wenig, “Vergiss den Tod“ with Stephan Haas, Junius Verlag

They give you all the tools you need

Whether you’re a beginner, experienced or a pro: If you want to expand your skills as a writer, Eric Hansen (and his partner Astrid Ule) will help. They convey the craft of writing impressively and comprehensively, and if you need help developing your material with focus and determination, the best place to do it is in their “guided writing” groups. They give you all the tools you need to work on your project in a structured way and with great joy. At the same time, with specific questions and constructive criticism they help you find and use your own solutions, your own path, your own voice. I can heartily recommend every one of their courses and groups

– Alexandra Cedrino, “Die Galerie am Potsdamer Platz”, “Zeitenwende am Potsdamer Platz” and “Wiedersehen am Potsdamer Platz”, HarperCollinsGermany

A perfect duo

A perfect duo – with their ingenuity and heartfelt way, they cannot be beat.

– Wiebke Griebe, author, murder mysteries

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 deep understanding of plot and story-building

Eric’s writing course deepened my understanding in the areas of plot and story-building. The class was characterized by an uncomplicated and open atmosphere. And it was a lot of fun!

– Nicole Fröhlich, “Der Club der wütenden Fünf,” Verlag

They don't stop until every problem is solved

Eric (and his partner Astrid) are the best thing that can happen to you if you’re learning to write. I don’t know any other writing teachers that delve into the texts as intensively and with as much detail. They work out every weakness in the plot, every contradiction in the character structure, every hiccup in prose and rhythm. And the best thing is: They don’t stop until every problem is solved.

– Katja Holcer, Author for children’s and YA books (Agent: Birgit Arteaga, literaturagentur-arteaga.de

They don’t teach, they share their knowledge

Eric (and his partner Astrid) don’t teach, they share their knowledge. They are concrete in their Information, constructive in their criticism and exceedingly entertaining when working with you.

– Ulrike Paschek, “Medusenliebe,” Gmeiner Verlag.

A guide through a secret science

I had experience with scripts, so I thought it would be not problem to write a novel. How wrong I was. Writing a novel is like a secret science, but do not fear – Eric T Hansen (and his partner Astrid Ule) will guide your through this science with heart and efficiency.

– Elisa Iven, “Sad Tits – Kishas Chaos am Vorabend ihres Fame”