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.

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.

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.

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.