Nov. 5 – Celebrate our Story Anthology Book Launch! Los Altos

Please save the date:

Sunday, November 5th is Our Official Book Launch and Book-signing Party for our 2017 Young Writers and Teen Writers Anthologies!

Yes, it is possible to Get Published Before Age 18.

This July, we’ll be reviewing submissions and selecting the best stories to publish in Volume 4.

Invite your family, friends and neighbors to join our very special celebration.

Please stay tuned – we’ll be taking pre-orders of the anthologies in October.

RSVP Online Today. Please include your guests!

https://www.meetup.com/Parents-of-Bay-Area-Teen-Writers/events/203830062/

Sunday, November 5, 2017

2:00pm – 4:00pm

Linden Tree Children’s Books

265 State Street, Los Altos CA

Please bring your families and your cameras.

We’ll provide:

* a few Readings by our Teen Writers and Young Writers

* lots of book-signing pens

* the published anthologies!

See you there,

Shu-Hsien & Royd

Writing Coaches Shu-Hsien Ho and Royd Hatta are passionate about teaching youth and teens how to organize their thoughts and write with power, clarity, and ease. Since 1996, their students have learned to write essays, independent research papers, poems, short stories, and even their first novels. After working with Ms. Ho, one teen writer independently published her 400-page fantasy novel. Their students have earned acceptance into top colleges and universities, such as UC San Diego, Carnegie Mellon, Caltech, MIT, NYU, and Brown University. Ms. Ho has a B.A. from Pomona College and an M.A. from Lesley University. Mr. Hatta has a B.A. from the California State University at Long Beach, with specialties in history, art, theater, and philosophy. Ms. Ho and Mr. Hatta currently teach small group workshops for homeschooling groups and at the Chinese American International School in San Francisco. They run two thriving writers clubs with over 600 families: Bay Area Young Writers and Bay Area Teen Writers. Since 2011, Ms. Ho and Mr. Hatta have published six anthologies of their students’ fiction: Strokes of Lightning, Real Heroes Wear Sneakers, Bones of Mystery, Encroaching Ink, Special Worlds, and Piercing the Unknown. The latter two books are available on Amazon.com. They are currently compiling and editing submissions for Volume 4 of their upcoming Story Anthologies.

 

Join our Nov. 5 Story Anthology Book Launch! Los Altos

Dear Parents and Teachers,

Please save the date: Sunday, November 5th is Our Official Book Launch and Book-signing Party for our 2017 Young Writers and Teen Writers Anthologies!

Yes, it is possible to Get Published Before Age 18.

This July, we’ll be reviewing submissions and selecting the best stories to publish in Volume 4.

Invite your family, friends and neighbors to join our very special celebration.

Please stay tuned – we’ll be taking pre-orders of the anthologies in October.

RSVP Online Today. Please include your guests!

Sunday, November 5, 2017

2:00pm – 4:00pm

Linden Tree Children’s Books

265 State Street, Los Altos CA

Please bring your families and your cameras.

We’ll provide:

* a few Readings by our Teen Writers and Young Writers

* lots of book-signing pens

* the published anthologies!

See you there,

Shu-Hsien & Royd

Writing Coaches Shu-Hsien Ho and Royd Hatta are passionate about teaching youth and teens how to organize their thoughts and write with power, clarity, and ease. Since 1996, their students have learned to write essays, independent research papers, poems, short stories, and even their first novels. After working with Ms. Ho, one teen writer independently published her 400-page fantasy novel. Their students have earned acceptance into top colleges and universities, such as UC San Diego, Carnegie Mellon, Caltech, MIT, NYU, and Brown University. Ms. Ho has a B.A. from Pomona College and an M.A. from Lesley University. Mr. Hatta has a B.A. from the California State University at Long Beach, with specialties in history, art, theater, and philosophy. Ms. Ho and Mr. Hatta currently teach small group workshops for homeschooling groups and at the Chinese American International School in San Francisco. They run two thriving writers clubs with over 600 families: Bay Area Young Writers and Bay Area Teen Writers. Since 2011, Ms. Ho and Mr. Hatta have published six anthologies of their students’ fiction: Strokes of Lightning, Real Heroes Wear Sneakers, Bones of Mystery, Encroaching Ink, Special Worlds, and Piercing the Unknown. The latter two books are available on Amazon.com. They are currently compiling and editing submissions for Volume 4 of their upcoming Story Anthologies.

Palo Alto: July 17-21 College Admissions Essay Workshop

How to Write Winning College Admissions Essays
Workshop Open to all Rising High School Seniors

Monday-Friday, July 17-21, 2017
10:00am – 12:00 noon

Taught by Writing Coach Shu-Hsien Ho
Beyond the Box Learning
Minimum 5 students, Maximum 12 students

Generously hosted by parent Bryony Autumn in her home:
3731 El Centro Street, Palo Alto CA
(Near El Camino Real & Barron Avenue)

What are college admissions officers truly looking for in application essays and personal statements?

What would make your teen’s essays stand out in a large pool of other smart, talented high school seniors?

How do they represent Who They Are and what they care about on paper?

If your teen would like to a step-by-step process to writing successful college essays, then this workshop is for your teen.

This workshop will provide:
* the 5 key elements of every successful college admissions essay
* Common App and UC essay questions
* multiple brainstorming exercises to bring out skills, strengths, and interests
* specific, concrete feedback for first drafts and revisions of personal statements and essays

Register Today to reserve a seat! A maximum of 12 seats is available. Feedback from Students and Parents:

“Thank you so much! This workshop helped stimulate new ideas and clarify some broad questions I had. You definitely helped point out some important topics and possible essay ideas.”
~ Eve Survilo, Freestyle Academy, Mountain View, Accepted Early Decision into NYU

Dear Shu-Hsien,
Thanks to you, my son got accepted into 9 out of 11 colleges, including UC Berkeley, UC San Diego, UC Davis, Vanderbilt, Davidson, Grinnell, Washington and Lee, Miami, and University of Alabama. He has full tuition from Miami and Alabama and scholarships from UC Davis and Grinnell. So many possibilities. It’s hard to choose. Any words of wisdom?
~ Natalie, parent of high school senior, San Jose

Thanks so much for all the work you did with Sarah on her college essays. You really helped her explore her options as far as what to write about and how to present it. She thoroughly enjoyed working with you – and is very happy to have been accepted to one of her top choices, UCSB! Thanks again for sharing your expertise with Sarah!
~ Marlene, parent of St. Francis HS senior, Los Altos

We are offering a special rate for parents who register by June 8, 2017.
Regular Tuition: $520/student
Special Offer: $420/student

To reserve a seat and register today, please
1. email shuhsienho@gmail.com: student’s full name, age, college list, allergies, parents’ email and daytime phone numbers
2. send $200 deposit via PayPal to: beyondtheboxlearning@gmail.com

OR write your check to “Beyond the Box Learning” and mail it to:

Shu-Hsien Ho

Beyond the Box Learning

530 Showers Drive #7
UPS Box 256

Mountain View, CA 94040

Please let me know if you have any questions. I look forward to working with your Teen Writer!

To your writing life,
Shu-Hsien Ho & Royd Hatta
Writing Coaches/Organizers

shuhsienho@gmail.com
650-814-7876

Since 1996, Writing Coach Shu-Hsien Ho has been passionate about teaching youth and teens how to organize their thoughts and write with power, clarity and ease. Students have worked with Ms. Ho to learn to write essays, research papers, their own poems, short stories and even their first novels. After working with Ms. Ho, one writer independently published her 400-page fantasy novel at the age of 20. Ms. Ho uses her 11 years as a former alumni interviewer for Pomona College to coach high school seniors in the admissions process. As a result, her students have earned acceptance into top colleges and universities, such as Mount Holyoke College, UC San Diego, Carnegie Mellon, Caltech, MIT, NYU, and Brown University. Shu-Hsien Ho has a B.A. from Pomona College and an M.A. from Lesley University. She is currently writing an e-book about how to actually start and write Winning College Admissions Essays.

Who do you know in your world that wants to get accepted into the colleges of their choice?

Los Altos: Aug 7-11 2017 Story Writing & Math Camp, Rising Gr 4-6

Dear Parents and Friends,

This summer camp week is for Rising 4th, 5th and 6th Graders. We’re collaborating with Math Coach Amelia Chan. We have an Early Bird Rate available until March 15. Please let us know if you have questions.

2017 Summer Math & Story Writing Camps

Beyond the Box Learning

http://ameliachan3.wixsite.com/mathinstruction/summer-camp

Math Enrichment Camp taught by Math Coach Amelia Chan:

A high quality program that provides a challenging but fun educational environment for all students in a small group setting. The math camp is filled with hands-on learning and games. Students will review concepts they have learned and develop new knowledge and problem-solving strategies. Most important of all, they’ll have fun while learning math.

Story Writing Workshop taught by Writing Coaches Shu-Hsien Ho & Royd Hatta:

Our theme is “Extraordinary Heroes & Dastardly Villains.”  Writers will be invited to create unique, memorable heroes and heroines that must face unexpected tricksters and adventures to reach their goals. We’ll provide a highly interactive, playful environment and share concrete steps to the writing process. Stories in all genres are welcome.

Dates:

1. Week of Jun 26 – Jun 30 (Rising Gr. 3-5) Palo Alto (Barron Park)

2. Week of Jul 31 – Aug 4 (Rising Gr. 2-4) Los Altos (280 Fwy, El Monte)

3. Week of Aug 7 – Aug 11 (Rising Gr. 4-6) Los Altos (280 Fwy, El Monte)

Camp Hours: 9:00am – 4:00pm

9:00am – 12:00pm: Fun with Math

12:00 – 1:00pm: Supervised Lunch (Please bring a bagged lunch.)

1:00 – 4:00pm: Creative Writing

Regular Tuition: $795 per student

Early Bird Tuition if parents register before March 15, 2017:

Full-Day Program: $695 per student (includes all instruction, materials & lunch supervision)

Registration Steps:

http://ameliachan3.wixsite.com/mathinstruction/summer-camp

Please fill out the form and send a deposit of $360 via Paypal. (www.paypal.me/ameliachan)

Or email ameliachan3@gmail.com for an address to send the check. We have a maximum of 12 seats per camp.

Questions? Please email: shuhsienho@gmail.com or ameliachan3@gmail.com

We look forward to working with your children!


Feedback about Amelia Chan’s Math Camps:

“Best math camp ever. Ms. Amelia is hilarious.”

“My kids enjoyed the summer camp a lot last year – they told me about building geometric shapes with candy and playing with balloons. The camp makes math fun, and a love in math is important and sets the foundation of success in school.”​


Reviews for our Writing Programs:

Thank you for being such an inspiration for my daughter!  Isabella looks forward to Fridays because creative writing is her favorite class. She plans to continue with your classes.

~ Parent of Isabella, Grade 3, Heroes & Villains Story Writing Workshop

We are eternally grateful to you both for helping our boys so very much. Julian was not at all stressed with his creative writing final. This is because of all his work with you both – he told me! Miles’ library persuasive essay was handed in and VERY well received! We’re very blessed, thank you! ~ Bryony Autumn, Sons ages 12 & 16, Palo Alto

Math Coach Amelia Chan has an M.A. in Mathematics from Columbia University, in New York, as well as a B.A. in both Mathematics and Statistics from the University of California, Berkeley. She has worked as an Investment Banker, Financial Software Engineer, and an Actuarial Consultant. After having her own two children, she decided to educate them at home, often creating courses designed to match their unique abilities and needs. They have won national math competitions and excel academically. She has been a math tutor since high school, having taught math in both 1-on-1 and small group settings. Math education has remained her passion in life.

Writing Coaches Shu-Hsien Ho and Royd Hatta are passionate about teaching youth and teens how to organize their thoughts and write with power, clarity and ease. Since 1996, their students have learned to write essays, research reports, poems, short stories, and even their first novels. After working with Ms. Ho, one teen writer independently published her 400-page fantasy novel. Their students have earned acceptance into top colleges and universities, such as UC San Diego, Carnegie Mellon, Caltech, MIT, NYU, and Brown University. Ms. Ho has a B.A. from Pomona College and an M.A. from Lesley University. Mr. Hatta has a B.A. from the California State University at Long Beach, with specialties in history, art, theater, and philosophy. Ms. Ho and Mr. Hatta currently teach small group workshops for homeschooling groups and at the Chinese American International School in San Francisco. They run two thriving writers clubs with over 600 families: Bay Area Young Writers and Bay Area Teen Writers. Since 2011, they have published six anthologies of their students’ fiction: Strokes of Lightning, Real Heroes Wear Sneakers, Bones of Mystery, Encroaching Ink, Special Worlds, and Piercing the Unknown. The latter two books are available on Amazon.com. Ms. Ho and Mr. Hatta are currently compiling and editing submissions for their 2017 Story Anthologies.

Palo Alto Sun 5/7 Story Workshop: The Funniest Day of My Life

Dear Parents,

Our theme is to create stories about the funniest, most amazing, or embarrassing day you could ever imagine having…. The funnier and weirder, the better!

So let’s come together to write our own funny and amazing stories in this workshop.

The Funniest Day of My Life: Young Writers Workshop
with Writing Coaches Shu-Hsien Ho & Royd Hatta
Sunday, May 7, 2017
12:30pm – 2:00pm

We’ll provide:
* fun brainstorming/storytelling games
* Writing techniques for creating funny, wild, and weird stories
* at least 40 minutes to write stories
* Two writing coaches

Please bring
* a paper notebook, pencils, erasers OR
* a fully-charged laptop computer with power cord
* a bottle of water
* light nut-free snacks to share
* your enthusiasm and creative ideas
* any story-in-progress

* a donation of your choice

Please tell parents about this event and RSVP “Yes!”

Generously Hosted by Parent Bryony Autumn in her home:
3731 El Centro Street, Palo Alto CA (Barron Park area)

Looking forward,
Shu-Hsien & Royd
Writing Coaches/Organizers

shuhsienho@gmail.com

Writing Coaches Shu-Hsien Ho and Royd Hatta are passionate about teaching youth and teens how to organize their thoughts and write with power, clarity, and ease. Since 1996, their students have learned to write essays, independent research papers, poems, short stories, and even their first novels. After working with Ms. Ho, one teen writer independently published her 400-page fantasy novel. Their students have earned acceptance into top colleges and universities, such as UC San Diego, Carnegie Mellon, Caltech, MIT, NYU, and Brown University. Ms. Ho has a B.A. from Pomona College and an M.A. from Lesley University. Mr. Hatta has a B.A. from the California State University at Long Beach, with specialties in history, theater, and philosophy. Ms. Ho and Mr. Hatta currently teach small group workshops for homeschooling groups and at the Chinese American International School in San Francisco. They run two thriving writers clubs with over 550 families: Bay Area Young Writers and Bay Area Teen Writers. Since 2011, Ms. Ho and Mr. Hatta have published six anthologies of their students’ fiction: Strokes of Lightning, Real Heroes Wear Sneakers, Bones of Mystery, Encroaching Ink, Special Worlds, and Piercing the Unknown. The latter two books are available on Amazon.com. They are currently compiling and editing submissions for Volume 4 of their upcoming Story Anthologies.

Sun 4/23 Palo Alto Fiction Workshop: Creating Humor & Parody

Dear Parents,

How do you create comedy, satire, or comic relief in stories? We’ve received requests for a workshop on this very topic, so we’ll show you techniques in our Sunday meetup for tweens and teens. Bring a friend and join the fun!

RSVP Today; we have just 12 seats available.

Creating Humor and Parody: 

Fiction Writing Workshop 

for Tweens & Teens, Ages 12-18

Sunday, April 23, 2017

12:30-2:30pm

Generously Hosted by Bryony Autumn in her home:

3731 El Centro Street, Palo Alto CA

Taught by Writing Coaches Shu-Hsien Ho & Royd Hatta

We’ll provide:

* 2 enthusiastic writing coaches

* an interactive brainstorming game

* specific techniques for creating humorous scenes

* at least one hour for actual writing

Please bring:

* your story ideas & any works-in-progress

* a fully-charged laptop computer and power cord or

* a paper notebook and pens

* a nut-free snack to share 

* a bottle of water

* a donation of your choice 

To reserve a seat and register today, RSVP online today!

See you this Sunday,

Shu-Hsien & Royd

Writing Coaches/Organizers

shuhsienho@gmail.com

Feedback from two of our Writers:

Shu-Hsien helped me take a passion of mine and refine it into a self-published novel that is now sold online. Her editing skills, organization, and patience improved my writing for both novels and academic papers in high school and college. Her coaching has made the process of writing easier and more enjoyable, a rarity that I am grateful to have found. Her support and advice have been vital to my writing, and I would recommend her to any writer looking to improve.”

~ Erica Klein, Author of ta Naia

“I just wanted to say thanks SO much, again! This fiction writing workshop was super fun and I’m really glad you decided to make it happen. I didn’t think it was even possible, but somehow by coming to your workshops and classes, I’ve come to love writing even MORE! Probably it’s because I’ve gotten better at it, thanks to you. I can’t wait for more upcoming events!!”

~ Jamie A., 9th grader

Writing Coaches Shu-Hsien Ho and Royd Hatta are passionate about teaching youth and teens how to organize their thoughts and write with power, clarity and ease. Since 1996, their students have learned to write essays, research reports, poems, short stories, and even their first novels. After working with Ms. Ho, one teen writer independently published her 400-page fantasy novel. Their students have gotten accepted into top colleges and universities, such as UC San Diego, Carnegie Mellon, Caltech, MIT, NYU, and Brown University. Ms. Ho has a B.A. from Pomona College and an M.A. from Lesley University. Mr. Hatta has a B.A. from the California State University at Long Beach, with specialties in history, art, theater, and philosophy. Ms. Ho and Mr. Hatta currently teach small group workshops for homeschooling groups and at the Chinese American International School in San Francisco. They run two thriving writers clubs with over 550 families: Bay Area Young Writers and Bay Area Teen Writers. Since 2011, Ms. Ho and Mr. Hatta have published six anthologies of their students’ fiction: Strokes of Lightning, Real Heroes Wear Sneakers, Bones of Mystery, Encroaching Ink, Piercing the Unknown and Special Worlds. The latter two books are available on Amazon.com.

Palo Alto July 17-21 2017: Tween & Teen Fiction Course – A Perfect Storm

Dear Parents and Teachers,

We’re offering a summer workshop for Tweens and Teens ages 12-18. Please feel free to share this course with parents, teachers, and students in your community. 

A Perfect Storm: 

Fiction Writing Workshop for Tweens and Teens, Ages 12-18

July 17 – 21, 2017

Monday – Friday, 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Taught by Writing Coaches Shu-Hsien Ho & Royd Hatta

Minimum 6 students, maximum 12 students.

Parent Bryony Autumn will host this course in her Palo Alto home near El Camino Real and Barron Ave.
(Parents who register will receive the specific address.)

Our theme for this course is to develop unique, memorable protagonists as they face both the internal and external storms of their adventures and lives. This course will ask writers to explore the complexities of character, voice, symbolism, and plot structure as they write their own short stories or novels. We will analyze Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey as a framework for understanding all story structures, and use it as a guide to write the tough middle scenes of rising action and conflict. The course will include short warm-up brainstorming exercises, strategies for dealing with writer’s block, and specific feedback for improving stories. Readings may include passages from The Magic Words by Cheryl B. Klein and Notes to Screenwriters by Vicki Peterson and Barbara Nicolosi. Writers are welcome to work on current or new projects, including short stories, poetry, and novels. All genres are accepted, including fantasy, historical fiction, realistic fiction, science fiction, dystopian fiction, mystery, thriller, memoir, comedy, and plays. 


Reviews for our Teen Writers Workshops:

“Shu-Hsien, you did a positively bang-up job at this event! Your presentation was organized and downright fun. I can’t remember when I’ve exercised my creative side so much, or laughed so hard. It was no big surprise that at the end when you asked everyone if they wanted to meet monthly, they practically jumped up and said, “YES!” Whether you think you’re already a good writer, you like to write but need some direction, or you can’t write a darn but wish you could, Shu-Hsien Ho is the one person who can take you to the next level. Don’t miss her next event!”

~ Jan Altman, book agent for teen writer, Palo Alto

We are eternally grateful to you both for helping our boys so very much. Julian was not at all stressed with his creative writing final. This is because of all his work with you both – he told me! Miles’ library persuasive essay was handed in and VERY well received. We’re very blessed, thank you!

~ Bryony Autumn, Sons ages 12 & 16, Palo Alto

“Shu-Hsien helped me take a passion of mine and refine it into a self-published novel that is now sold online. Her editing skills, organization, and patience improved my writing for both novels and academic papers in high school and college. Her coaching has made the process of writing easier and more enjoyable, a rarity that I am grateful to have found. Her support and advice have been vital to my writing, and I would recommend her to any writer looking to improve.”

~ Erica Klein, Author of ta Naia and UC San Diego Alumna

Regular Tuition: $545 per student

Early Bird Rate if we receive a $150 deposit by March 25: $445 per student

To reserve a seat and register today, please

1. email your student’s full name, age, any allergies, and parent daytime phone numbers to shuhsienho@gmail.com

2. pay tuition via PayPal to: beyondtheboxlearning@gmail.com

OR mail your check to Beyond the Box Learning:

Shu-Hsien Ho

Beyond the Box Learning

530 Showers Drive #7

UPS Box 256

Mountain View, CA 94040

Please let us know if you have any questions. We look forward to working with your Teen Writer!

To your writing life,

Shu-Hsien Ho & Royd Hatta

Writing Coaches

shuhsienho@gmail.com

650-814-7876

Writing Coaches Shu-Hsien Ho and Royd Hatta are passionate about teaching youth and teens how to organize their thoughts and write with power, clarity, and ease. Since 1996, their students have learned to write essays, research reports, poems, short stories, and even their first novels. After working with Ms. Ho, one teen writer independently published her 400-page fantasy novel. Their students have earned acceptance into top colleges and universities, such as UC Berkeley, Carnegie Mellon, Caltech, MIT, NYU, and Brown University. Ms. Ho has a B.A. from Pomona College and an M.A. from Lesley University. Mr. Hatta has a B.A. from the California State University at Long Beach, with specialties in history, theater, and philosophy. Ms. Ho and Mr. Hatta currently teach small group workshops for homeschooling groups and at the Chinese American International School in San Francisco. They run two thriving writers clubs with over 600 families: Bay Area Young Writers and Bay Area Teen Writers. Since 2011, Ms. Ho and Mr. Hatta have published six anthologies of their students’ fiction: Strokes of Lightning, Real Heroes Wear Sneakers, Bones of Mystery, Encroaching Ink, Special Worlds, and Piercing the Unknown. The latter two books are available on Amazon.com. Ms. Ho and Mr. Hatta are currently compiling and editing submissions for the 2017 Story Anthologies.

Palo Alto: June 26-30 Story Writing & Art Camp

Dear Parents,

We’re offering a summer camp with Artist Rita Soyfertis! Full-day and half-day options are available. We have an Early Bird Rate for parents who register by March 31.

June 2017 Story Writing & Illustration Camp, Ages 7-11

Extraordinary Heroes & Dastardly Villains:

Create Your Own Pop-Up Illustrated Storybooks!

Beyond the Box Learning

Generously hosted by parent Bryony Autumn in her Palo Alto home (near Barron Park).

Monday-Friday, June 26 – 30, 2017

9:00am – 12:00pm: Story Writing

12:00 – 1:00pm: Supervised Lunch (Please bring bagged lunches.)

1:00 – 4:00pm: Illustration Workshop

​Maximum 12 students, minimum 6 students.

Story Writing Workshop taught by Writing Coaches Shu-Hsien Ho & Royd Hatta:

What happens when everyday heroes must face their greatest enemies? Will they run away and hide, or stand up and speak out? Legends tell us of epic battles, the partnership of unlikely friends, and the unexpected tricksters that surprise us. We’ll provide a highly interactive, playful environment to inspire students to brainstorm ideas from their imagination, create first drafts, revise, and edit their own adventure tales.

Pop-Up Illustration Workshop taught by Rita Soyfertis:

Ms. Soyfertis will show students how to bring their stories to life through illustrations. We’ll experiment with pencil, ink, colored pencils, markers, collages, and 3-D pop-up pages. The drawing lessons will culminate in pop-up storybooks created by the students. All young writers will be invited to share story readings on the last day of our camp.

Reviews for our Writing Programs:

Thank you for being such an inspiration for my daughter!  Isabella looks forward to Fridays because creative writing is her favorite class. She plans to continue with your classes.

~ Parent of Isabella, Grade 3, Heroes & Villains Story Writing Workshop

We are eternally grateful to you both for helping our boys so very much. Julian was not at all stressed with his creative writing final. This is because of all his work with you both – he told me! Miles’ library persuasive essay was handed in and VERY well received! We’re very blessed, thank you! ~ Bryony Autumn, Sons ages 12 & 16, Palo Alto

Registration Steps:

Regular Tuition:

Full-Day Program: $725 per student

Half-Day Program: $400 per student

Early Bird Tuition if parents register before March 31, 2017:

Full-Day Program: $625 per student (includes all instruction, materials & lunch supervision)

Half-Day Program: $350 per student

To reserve a seat and register:

PART 1: Please email shuhsienho@gmail.com:

Your child’s full name

Age as of June 26

Any allergies

Parents’ daytime phone numbers

PART 2: Please send $350 per student via PayPal to beyondtheboxlearning@gmail.com

OR

mail a deposit check to Beyond the Box Learning:

Shu-Hsien Ho

Beyond the Box Learning

530 Showers Drive, #7

UPS Box 256

Mountain View, CA 94040

We will send an email confirmation with the address upon receipt of your deposit. There are no refunds after April 20.

Questions? Please email: shuhsienho@gmail.com

We look forward to working with your children!

Writing Coaches Shu-Hsien Ho and Royd Hatta are passionate about teaching youth and teens how to organize their thoughts and write with power, clarity and ease. Since 1996, their students have learned to write essays, research reports, poems, short stories, and even their first novels. After working with Ms. Ho, one teen writer independently published her 400-page fantasy novel. Their students have earned acceptance into top colleges and universities, such as UC San Diego, Carnegie Mellon, Caltech, MIT, NYU, and Brown University. Ms. Ho has a B.A. from Pomona College and an M.A. from Lesley University. Mr. Hatta has a B.A. from the California State University at Long Beach, with specialties in history, theater, and philosophy. Ms. Ho and Mr. Hatta teach small group workshops for homeschooling groups and at the Chinese American International School in San Francisco. They run two thriving writers clubs with over 600 families: Bay Area Young Writers and Bay Area Teen Writers. Since 2011, Ms. Ho and Mr. Hatta have published six anthologies of their students’ fiction: Strokes of Lightning, Real Heroes Wear Sneakers, Bones of Mystery, Encroaching Ink, Special Worlds, and Piercing the Unknown. The latter two books are available on Amazon.com. Ms. Ho and Mr. Hatta are currently compiling and editing submissions for their upcoming Story Anthologies.

Rita Soyfertis is a longtime artist and art teacher based in San Francisco. She has taught and inspired children, teens, and adults for over 25 years at many Bay Area organizations, including the Community School of Music and Art in Mountain View, the Montalvo Villa Arts Center in Saratoga, and West Valley College. Her workshops have ranged from story illustrations to pop-up books to mosaic sculptures to marionette puppets. Ms. Soyfertis specializes in collaborative art projects with school communities, theater set design, and public art commissions. She studied at the Institute of Fine Arts and Industrial Arts in Kiev, Ukraine.

Sun 3/12 Palo Alto Fiction Workshop: Alien Pods & Other Close Encounters

Dear Parents of Teen Writers,

An army helicopter thunders outside your door at midnight. The commander asks you to meet aliens who have arrived in 12 massive pods throughout the world. What would you do? The Call to Adventure or the first encounter with a potentially dangerous situation in any story is a pivotal moment. Join us to discover techniques to write these dramatic, suspense-filled scenes in your own fiction. This workshop is the perfect place for tween and teen writers (ages 12-17) to start or continue their projects!

Invite your friends and RSVP Today:

Teen/Tween Fiction Writers Workshop:

Alien Pods and Other Close Encounters

Sunday, March 12, 2017 2:00 – 4:00pm

Generously hosted by Parent Bryony Autumn in her home:

3731 El Centro St, Palo Alto CA (near El Camino Real & Barron Ave)

We have just 12 seats available. Spread the word and RSVP Today!

We’ll provide:

* 2 enthusiastic writing coaches

* an interactive storytelling game

* fun techniques for creating drama and suspense in your stories

* one-on-one coaching for writers who request feedback

* at least 60 minutes of writing time

Please bring:

* any works-in-progress

* a fully-charged laptop computer & power cord or

* paper notebook, pencils, erasers

* your imagination and creative ideas

* a bottle of water and a nut-free snack to share

* a donation of your choice

See you there!

Shu-Hsien Ho & Royd Hatta

Writing Coaches & Organizers

shuhsienho@gmail.com

Writing Coaches Shu-Hsien Ho and Royd Hatta are passionate about teaching youth and teens, ages 7-18, how to organize their thoughts and write with power, clarity and ease. Since 1996, students have worked with Ms. Ho and Mr. Hatta to learn to write essays, research reports, their own poems, short stories and even their first novels. After working with Ms. Ho, one teen writer independently published her 400-page fantasy novel at the age of 20. Over the years, students have earned acceptance into top colleges and universities, such as Mount Holyoke College, UC San Diego, Carnegie Mellon, MIT, NYU, and Brown University. Shu-Hsien Ho is a graduate of Pomona College and Lesley University. Royd Hatta has a B.A. from the California State University at Long Beach with specialties in history, art, and theater. Ms. Ho and Mr. Hatta teach courses for the Chinese American International School in San Francisco and for local homeschooling groups. They run two thriving writing clubs with over 600 families: Bay Area Young Writers and Bay Area Teen Writers. Since 2011, Ms. Ho and Mr. Hatta have published six anthologies for their students: Strokes of Lightning, Real Heroes Wear Sneakers, Bones of Mystery, Encroaching Ink, Special Worlds, and Piercing the Unknown. The latter two books are currently available on Amazon.com. Ms. Ho and Mr. Hatta are currently compiling and editing submissions for their 2017 Story Anthologies.

Palo Alto Sun 3/12 Workshop: Aliens Ate My Homework & Other Weird Tales

Dear Parents,

What do Star Wars, E.T., and Men in Black all have in common? Humans meet aliens in some humorous, strange, and life-changing encounters. Since the beginning of time, we have wondered about other life forms beyond our galaxy. This month, our meetup is inspired by science fiction and space adventures. Our workshop is the perfect place for your young writers to start or continue their stories! All genres are welcome.

Aliens Ate My Homework! & Other Weird Tales

Young Story Writers Workshop, Ages 7-11

Sunday, March 12, 2017

12:30-2:00pm

Taught by Writing Coaches Shu-Hsien Ho & Royd Hatta

Generously hosted by parent Bryony Autumn in her home:

3731 El Centro Street, Palo Alto CA (Near El Camino Real & Barron Ave)

We’ll provide:

* a highly interactive storytelling game 

* fun techniques for creating wild stories about aliens and other weird encounters

* at least 40 minutes for creative writing 

* two enthusiastic writing coaches

Please bring

* your imagination and story ideas 

*  any current works-in-progress

* a paper notebook, pencils, erasers OR

a fully-charged laptop computer and power cord 

* a bottle of water 

* nut-free snacks to share 

* a donation of your choice

Reviews for our writing programs:

Thank you for being such an inspiration for my daughter!  Isabella looks forward to Fridays because creative writing is her favorite class. She plans to continue with your classes.

~ Parent of Isabella, Grade 3, Heroes & Villains Story Writing Workshop

We are eternally grateful to you both for helping our boys so very much. Julian was not at all stressed with his creative writing final. This is because of all his work with you both – he told me! Miles’ library persuasive essay was handed in and VERY well received! We’re very blessed, thank you!

~ Bryony Autumn, Palo Alto

Writing Coaches Shu-Hsien Ho and Royd Hatta are passionate about teaching youth and teens how to organize their thoughts and write with power, clarity, and ease. Since 1996, their students have learned to write essays, research reports, poems, short stories, and even their first novels. After working with Ms. Ho, one teen writer independently published her 400-page fantasy novel. Their students have earned acceptance into top colleges and universities, such as UC San Diego, Carnegie Mellon, Caltech, MIT, NYU, and Brown University. Ms. Ho has a B.A. from Pomona College and an M.A. from Lesley University. Mr. Hatta has a B.A. from the California State University at Long Beach, with specialties in history, art, theater, and philosophy. Ms. Ho and Mr. Hatta currently teach small group workshops for homeschooling groups and at the Chinese American International School in San Francisco. They run two thriving writers clubs with over 600 families: Bay Area Young Writers and Bay Area Teen Writers. Since 2011, Ms. Ho and Mr. Hatta have published six anthologies of their students’ fiction: Strokes of LightningReal Heroes Wear Sneakers, Bones of Mystery, Encroaching Ink, Special Worlds, and Piercing the Unknown. The latter two books are available on Amazon.com. They are currently compiling and editing submissions for Volume 4 of the Story Anthologies.