Writing and Ranting: My Thoughts on the Art

The secret every professional knows: How to keep your reader reading.

The reader can smell fake: How to write authentically.

A few useful observation on writing historical fiction.

How to write like George Orwell … and like Walt Disney.

How to create a main character – a hero – your readers will fall in love with.

The western tradition of storytelling began with Homer and from the get-go he did everything right – here are a few takeaways from “The Iliad” (and no, you don’t have to read the book, but it’s worthwhile for you to learn from it(.

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.

Writing and Ranting: My Thoughts on the Art

Writing & Ranting:
My Thoughts
on the Art

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!

The Rules: What Writers Say About Writing

The Rules:
What Writers
Say About
Writing

It is a peculiar custom English-language writers, from Kurt Vonnegut to Stephen King, to inventing lists of rules about writing, and more often than not, ending with list with the final rule that states, “There are no rules.”

In this video series, I discuss each rule, whether it’s true or not, and what it means for you as a writer.

Enjoy!

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”