Jessica Holzhausen is a writer and historian researching myths, narratives and fictional re-telling of historic events, especially the impact this had on identity building processes in the 19th and 20th century. Her fictional short stories are often inspired by historic legends and modern myths, her poems reflect more personal experiences.

Trained as a journalist at the prestigious RTL School of Journalism in Cologne and with a doctoral degree from Oldenburg University, she also works as an educator and private tutor, teaching German, Creative Writing and Journalism.

As a self-taught artist Jessica Holzhausen focuses on abstract landscapes in acrylics and mixed-media.

What people say

Thanks @hol_jessica for teaching us how to create lively paintings with acrylics! If you’re based in Oxford and looking for a fun way to explore your creativity, do something a bit different or hone existing skills, check out Jessica’s fab class.

Anna on Instagram, participant “Acrylic painting for beginners” course

During her time as a freelance copywriter at Discover Germany, Jessica has been able to produce well-written, interesting articles about a variety of topics for Discover Germany magazine. Her professional and friendly dealings with clients, as well as her ability to meet deadlines were especially appreciated.

Nane Steinhoff on LinkedIn, Managing Editor Discover Germany


Die Schmiedemeisterin (2015), 83min, German

Director and Producer


Stereotyp und Geschichte

Editor-in-chief, researcher and webdesign

“The Arbeitsstelle Historische Stereotypenforschung (AHS) – centre for historical stereotype research – at the Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg focuses on the history of stereotypes in an international context. Headed by Professor Hans Henning Hahn the centre has initialised and conducted research especially in Middle and Eastern Europe and cooperated – among others – with researchers from Poland, Czechia and Slovakia. The centre for historical stereotype research has an interdisciplinary approach and brings together researchers from different disciplines.”


20One Magazine (English)

Founder and Editor-in-Chief



University Lecturer

2015 – 2018 University of Oldenburg, Department of History

Seminar “Journalism for Historians – Webdocumentary”

Seminar “Journalism for Historians – Behind closed doors” (one week intensive course in cooperation with the Oldenburg city museum)

Seminar “Journalism for Historians” (weekend-courses)

April 2013 – July 2015 University of Oldenburg, Department of Economics and Law

Practical Project “Environmental and Science Journalism” Master Sustainability Economics and Management (4h each week)


German Radio and Television (2009 – 2015)

Hallo Niedersaschen – NDR Fernsehen

NDR 1 Niedersachen, NDR2, NJoy, NDR Info, NDR Kultur, Nordwestradio, Deutschlandradio, Deutschlandradio Kultur, Deutsche Welle

RTL Journalistenschule

Newspapers and Magazines

Copywriter at Discover Germany, Switzerland and Austria (Scan Magazines)

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