Palo Alto Sun 2/11 Story Workshop: The Rising Phoenix & Other Mythical Beasts

Dear Parents,

Fire-breathing dragons, mythical birds, and fierce snow tigers – we’ve all read amazing legends about animals, both real and imagined, that sparked our imagination. In honor of the New Year of the Dog, we’re offering a story workshop that’s all about fantastic beasts and their special worlds. This workshop is the perfect place for your young writers to start or continue their stories!

The Rising Phoenix and Other Mythical Beasts

Young Story Writers Workshop, Ages 7-11

Sunday, February 11, 2018

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 adventure stories about fantastic creatures

* 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 650 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 the Story Anthologies.

Sun 2/11 Palo Alto Fiction Workshop: Monsters in Our Midst

Dear Parents,

Have you ever wondered how the Twilight Zone, Stephen King’s novels, or the new series, Stranger Things, grab hold of our attention even when we’re terrified of the scene to come? What are the hidden storytelling tricks that compel us to continue reading or watching? We’re celebrating the new year with a fiction writing workshop for tweens and teens who want to create gripping suspense and mystery for their own stories. We’ll show you techniques in our Sunday meetup. Bring a friend and join the fun!

RSVP Today; we have just 12 seats available.

Monsters in Our Midst:

Fiction Writing Workshop

for Tweens & Teens, Ages 12-18

Sunday, February 11, 2018

2:00-4:00pm

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 developing powerful moments of suspense and mystery in stories

* 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 on February 11th,

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 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, Piercing the Unknown and Special Worlds. The latter two books are available on Amazon.com. They are currently compiling and editing stories for Hues of Hubris, the 4th Volume of the Teen Writers Anthology.

LOS GATOS TUES 1/9: Free TRIAL Class for Teen Fiction Writing Workshop

Dear Parents,

We’re offering a rare Free Trial Class for students who are curious about our Teen Fiction Writing course hosted by Debbie Parsons in her Los Gatos home. We have only 12 seats available. **Please RSVP by Jan. 6 to: shuhsienho@gmail.com
We’ll send the specific address to registered parents by Sat. 1/6.

What: One-Time Free Fiction Writing Workshop for Teens, taught by
Writing Coaches Shu-Hsien Ho & Royd Hatta, Beyond the Box Learning When: Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, 12:30-2:00pm

Where: Debbie Parsons’ Los Gatos home

Who: Teens, ages 13-17

Why: To discover specific techniques for character development in fiction writing. The full course description is included below. Please let us know if you have any questions.

Winter 2018
The Perfect Storm: Teen Fiction Writing Workshop

January 16 – March 20 (No class Feb. 20, Friday make-up class TBD)
Tuesdays, 12:30-2:00pm

Taught by Writing Coach Royd Hatta
Hosted by Debbie Parsons in her Los Gatos home. Our theme 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 will include 2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke and passages from The Magic Words by Cheryl B. Klein. Weekly assignments will ask students to brainstorm, write, and revise their own fiction. Writers are welcome to work on current or new projects, including short stories and novels. All genres are accepted: fantasy, historical fiction, realistic fiction, science fiction, dystopian fiction, mystery, thriller, memoir, comedy, and plays. Parent Review for our Writing Courses:

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, homeschooling parent, Palo Alto

Tuition:
4-5 students: $500 per student
6-8 students: $480 per student

22 hours of instruction and coaching:
– 15 hrs classroom instruction
– up to 5 hrs for homework reviews/detailed essay feedback
– 2 hrs private Skype session To reserve a seat and register today, please
1. email your student’s full name, age as of Jan. 16, any allergies, and parent daytime phone numbers to shuhsienho@gmail.com 2. pay a $150 deposit via PayPal to: beyondtheboxlearning@gmail.com
OR mail your check to:
Shu-Hsien Ho

Beyond the Box Learning

530 Showers Drive #7
UPS Box 256

Mountain View, CA 94040

We look forward to working with your family!

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 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 Volume 4 of the Story Anthologies.

Sunnyvale Wed 12/6: Free Demo Class for Tween & Teen Literature Courses

Dear Parents,

By special request, we’re offering a free demo workshop to introduce our 2018 literature courses geared for late middle school / early high school homeschool students (ages 12-15). These classes focus on foundational skills needed to transition into the demands of rigorous high-school reading, writing and analysis.

WHAT: Literary analysis and essay writing

WHY: Live group discussions increase engagement and exchange of ideas.

Detailed and timely writing feedback (in class, online, and through private session) efficiently build essay-writing skills.

WHERE: Parent Alice Yu’s Sunnyvale home (near Fremont & Mary)

WHEN: Wed. 12/6, 10:30am-11:30am One-Time Demo workshop

Winter & Spring courses: Mondays, 12:30-2:00 PM

WHO: Homeschooling tweens & teens, ages 12-15

RSVP Today to reserve your spot! We have just 8 seats available. We’ll email the specific workshop location by Tuesday 12/5.

More class information is included below.

* Winter 2018: Jan. 8 – March 26

Literary Analysis Essays: Discovering Hidden Themes & Symbols 

* Spring 2018: April 2 – June 4

American Literature: Discovering Hidden Themes in Poetry & Fiction

Both literature courses will be taught by Writing Coaches Shu-Hsien Ho and Royd Hatta.

Minimum of 5 students, maximum of 8 students per course.

Each class will provide:

• Highly interactive, hands-on brainstorming exercises to inspire curiosity and exploration

• A step-by-step process for building critical thinking, problem solving, outlining, writing, and revising skills

• Group discussions to introduce historical, social, economic, and political contexts

• One-on-one coaching and feedback

• Detailed reviews of students’ written assignments

• A 1-hour private Skype/Google Docs session per student (lit analysis essay coaching)

Winter 2018:

Literary Analysis Essays: Discovering Hidden Themes & Symbols 

We will choose two novels and enter a “deep dive” process to digest, question, and analyze the stories. What is the author’s main message? How is the novel relevant to our current world? We will also address the core elements of story: character development, plot/conflict, resolution, setting, themes, and literary devices (symbols, motifs, imagery, etc.). Students will develop their critical thinking skills while learning concrete steps for writing literary analysis essays.

Mondays, 12:30pm – 2:00pm 

January 8 – March 26, 2018 (No Class Jan. 15 & Feb. 19)

10 sessions – 1 hour and 30 minutes each

Readings will include:

The Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis

Animal Farm by George Orwell

Tuition: $510 per student

Spring 2018:

American Literature: Discovering Hidden Themes in Poetry & Fiction

We will discuss short stories, poetry, and a novel and enter a “deep dive” process to digest, question, and analyze the literature. What is the author’s main message? How is the work relevant to our current world? We will also address the core elements of story: character development, plot/conflict, resolution, setting, themes, as well as literary/poetic devices (voice, repeating motifs, imagery, personification, etc.). Students will develop their critical thinking skills while learning concrete steps for writing their own poetry and literary analysis essays.

Readings will include:

Poetry by American authors, including Langston Hughes

The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare

Mondays, 12:30pm – 2:00pm

April 2 – June 4, 2018 (No class Apr 9 & May 28)

8 sessions – 1 hour and 30 minutes each

Tuition: $408 per student

To reserve a seat and register, please

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

2.  Send a $150 deposit per course via PayPal to: beyondtheboxlearning@gmail.com

OR

Mail your deposit per course 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 writers!

Shu-Hsien Ho & Royd Hatta

Writing Coaches

shuhsienho@gmail.com

Review for our Teen Writing Courses:

Dear Shu-Hsien and Royd,

I can’t begin to thank you for the amazing year of writing instruction that you have given Zachary. I’ve watched him go from a basic writer (armed with the foundations but not skilled in paragraph and paper development) to a mature writer who can publish his own blog and sound like an adult! Most importantly, you made the process of learning writing skills fun. He really enjoyed your classes because they allowed him to deep dive into engaging topics while also working one-on-one with you and Royd. Thank you so much!

  ~ Anna Durante, Los Altos parent

  Zachary’s classes included: Persuasive Essay Writing,

  1-Page Business Plan/Teen Entrepreneurship,

  Literary Analysis Essays and Independent Research Papers

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 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.

Sun 11/5 Palo Alto: Join our Annual Write-athon!

Dear Parents, Teachers, and Writers,

In honor of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), we will host our Annual Write-athon for our Young, Tween, and Teen Writers. We’ll have an open house format – come write for an hour or all 3 hours!

Invite your friends and join us. 

Write-athon for Bay Area Young Writers and Teen Writers

Sunday, November 5, 2017

12:30pm – 3:30pm

Generously Hosted by parent Bryony Autumn:

3731 El Centro Street, Palo Alto CA

We’ll provide:

* an interactive brainstorming game

* 2 enthusiastic writing coaches

* 1:1 coaching upon request

* pizza!

Please bring:

* any works in progress

* your imagination and enthusiasm

* a fully-charged laptop computer and power cord OR

a paper notebook, pencils, erasers

* a nut-free snack to share

* a bottle of water  

* a donation of your choice

RSVP online today!

See you there,

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, 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. In recent years, 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. They are currently compiling and editing 2 upcoming Story Anthologies, which will be published in April 2018.

Sun 11/5 Palo Alto: Join our Annual Write-athon!

Dear Parents, Teachers, and Writers,

In honor of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), we will host our Annual Write-athon for our Young, Tween, and Teen Writers. We’ll have an open house format – come write for an hour or all 3 hours!

Invite your friends and join us. 

Write-athon for Bay Area Young Writers and Teen Writers

Sunday, November 5, 2017

12:30pm – 3:30pm

Generously Hosted by parent Bryony Autumn:

3731 El Centro Street, Palo Alto CA

We’ll provide:

* an interactive brainstorming game

* 2 enthusiastic writing coaches

* 1:1 coaching upon request

* pizza!

Please bring:

* any works in progress

* your imagination and enthusiasm

* a fully-charged laptop computer and power cord OR

a paper notebook, pencils, erasers

* a nut-free snack to share

* a bottle of water  

* a donation of your choice

RSVP online today!

See you there,

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, 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. In recent years, 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. They are currently compiling and editing 2 upcoming Story Anthologies, which will be published in April 2018.

Palo Alto Sun 10/15 Spooky Story Workshop: Witches, Wizards & Warthogs

Dear Parents,

What if young wizards and witches mixed up some spells and accidentally turned their classmates into purple frogs and green trolls? What if, in a parallel world of warthogs, these pigs liked to warble when the moon became round and full? Halloween has always been a favorite holiday and some of the best stories come from re-imagining ourselves in new roles and personalities. This month, our meetup is inspired by silly, spooky stories about these unexpected characters. Our workshop is the perfect place for your young writers to start or continue their stories! All genres are welcome. We have just 12 seats available. Invite your friends and join us!

Witches, Wizards & Warbling Warthogs:

Halloween Story Workshop, Ages 7-11

Sunday, October 15, 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 silly, spooky Halloween stories 

* 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.

Palo Alto Sun 9/17 Story Workshop: Friends, Frenemies & Foes

Dear Parents,

Welcome to the new school year! Our theme for our September workshop is to create stories with unique characters, whether they are Heroes, Allies, Foes, or tricky Frenemies.

Let’s come together to write stories with silly, wacky, and memorable characters in this workshop.

Friends, Frenemies & Foes: Young Writers Workshop
with Writing Coaches Shu-Hsien Ho & Royd Hatta
Sunday, September 17, 2017
12:30pm – 2:00pm

We’ll provide:
* fun brainstorming/storytelling games
* Writing techniques for creating memorable characters
* 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!” We have just 12 seats available.

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 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.

Sun 9/17 Palo Alto Fiction Workshop: Tempers & Tempests

Dear Parents,

We’re celebrating the new school year with a fiction writing workshop for tweens and teens who want to dive into developing complex, dynamic characters for their own stories. We’ll show you techniques in our Sunday meetup. Bring a friend and join the fun!

RSVP Today; we have just 12 seats available.

Tempers and Tempests: 

Fiction Writing Workshop 

for Tweens & Teens, Ages 12-18

Sunday, September 17, 2017

2:00-4:00pm

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 developing memorable characters in their emotional and physical journey

* 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 on 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 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, Piercing the Unknown and Special Worlds. The latter two books are available on Amazon.com. They are currently compiling and editing stories for the 4th Volume of the Teen Writers Anthology.

Join our Story Anthology Book Launch at Linden Tree!

Dear Parents and Teachers,

We reviewed over 100 stories, selected the best pieces to publish, and are now in the process of doing the final proofreading and layout for both anthologies. Thank you to all who also submitted colorful illustrations!

Linden Tree will host our Official Book Launch and Book-signing Party in April 2018. We’ll email once we’re ready to accept pre-orders.

Your families and guests are invited to join us at our Book Launch!

Colorful Characters: Bay Area Young Writers Anthology, Volume 4
Hues of Hubris: Bay Area Tween & Teen Writers Anthology, Volume 4

Sunday, April 29, 2018

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!

Looking forward,

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 650 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.