Fall 2023 Classes

Young Writers Meetup

The following classes are currently available for enrollment.

Please note that we also teach small private classes that are not listed here.

If the offerings below do not fit your schedule, feel free to email us, and perhaps we can find a class for your young writer. 

To register, please send an email to [email protected].

Please provide:

  • The title of the course
  • Your child's name
  • Your child's age as of September 5th
  • A daytime phone number for us to reach you.

Either Writing Coach Shu-Hsien Ho or Royd Hatta will respond as soon as possible.

For the safety of all, we require masks during our in-person sessions.

WED 8:30AM - When Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction 

An ONLINE Nonfiction Workshop focused on 

Fact-Driven Articles, Fun Persuasive Essays, and More. 

Online Zoom for Ages 11-12
Grades 5-6-7
Taught by Writing Coach Royd Hatta

SEPT. 6 - NOV 8, 2023 (10 lessons)
Wednesdays 8:30am-9:30am

Minimum 4 students 
Maximum 8 students

4-5 Students: $450 per student

(Includes lesson prep, 1:1 sessions, detailed feedback on written assignments & travel fee.)

What if we could write articles that were so fascinating and compelling that they were indistinguishable from fiction?
What if we could use the power of storytelling to bring the truth to life?

In this workshop, we will explore how to use the techniques of fiction writing to create articles that are both fact-based and engaging.
We will discuss how to choose and develop topics, how to conduct research, and how to craft characters and plots that will captivate readers. 
By the end of the workshop, you will have the tools you need to write articles that are both true and unforgettable.

We'll read various articles to inspire our writing:
  • Maya Angelou
  • Malcolm Gladwell
  • David Foster Wallace
  • James Baldwin
  • The New Yorker
  • The Atlantic
  • Outside
  • and other high adventure magazines and other articles with a sense of forward drive.

To register, please contact Royd at: [email protected]

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TUES 1pm • Globetrotter News: Strange Stories from A Strange Planet

An In-Person Writing Workshop for Ages 10-11

Fact-Driven Articles, Fun Persuasive Essays, and More. 

Taught by Writing Coaches Royd Hatta & Shu-Hsien Ho
Mountain View CA: Hosted by Parent Liz L. in her backyard

SEPT 12 - NOV 14, 2023 (10 Lessons)
Tuesdays 1pm-2pm PST

Minimum 5 students 
Maximum 8 students

5 Students: $450 per student
6-8 students: $405 per student
(Includes lesson prep, 1:1 sessions, detailed feedback on written assignments.)
Did you know that glow-in-the-dark dolphins were seen leaping through the waters off the Southern California coast, or that Australian scientists discovered a 150-foot-long silly-string shaped creature in a deep-sea canyon? Believe it or not, these are true events found in the news!
This workshop will tap into the curiosity, wonder, and imagination of your child. Students will be invited to become reporters who share exciting current events based on surprising facts, numbers, colorful details, and interviews with experts. These stories may include science, social studies, art, music, sports, spotlight interviews, and opinion sections. We’ll use dogonews.com, a website that provides fascinating news articles for children, as our inspiration.
We’ll begin with invented news stories (“Scientist Discovers a Strange New Species”) as a way to understand how to build fact-based articles and introduce a fun visual map for understanding essay structure. As always, we’ll walk through all steps in the creative writing process: brainstorming ideas, choosing a topic, organizing facts and details, writing first drafts, revising content, editing, and publishing final drafts. Students will be invited to share a reading at our celebration on the last day of class

To register, please contact Royd at: [email protected]

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