Fall 2024 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.

Ages 8-11

MON  1 pm - 2pm • Magic & Mayhem

An In-Person Adventure Story Workshop 

For Ages 8-11 (Rising 3rd-6th Graders)

Taught by Writing Coaches Shu-Hsien & Royd Hatta


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MON  1 PM - 2 PM Pacific Time 

Sept. 9 – Nov. 18, 2024 (10 lessons)

Palo Alto CA: Hosted by Parent Roberta P. in her backyard

Minimum 5 students 

Maximum 10 students


5 students:  $460 per student

6-10 students: $415 per student

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

When the cliff crumbles, we fall and grab a tree branch growing from the edge! Yikes. That’s what we call mayhem!

Now, it’s up to us to create magic. Does our hero have the ability to float or fly? Or do they use the “magic” of their mind to think of clever ways to escape without harm? Either way, our hero is pushed to learn something new and to harness this power to make the world peaceful again. 

This roller coaster experience is exactly what we love as readers. Stories allow us to be transported into the shoes of our hero, so that we can safely follow great adventures full of mayhem while curled up in a cozy nook.

This course will ask students to develop their own stories as we share the dips and dives of a story map and all the steps for the creative process: 

  • brainstorming ideas
  • developing characters & plots 
  • organizing 
  • writing first drafts
  • revising
  • editing for clarity

Students will be invited to read an excerpt of their stories on the last day of class.

Join us in our Magic & Mayhem Story Workshop to create a world where everything is possible!

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

THURS 8:30AM • The Globetrotter News: 

Strange Stories from A Strange Planet

A Fun Entry into Nonfiction Essay Writing

An Online (Zoom) Adventure Story Workshop 

For Children Ages 8-9 (Rising 3rd-4th Graders)

Taught by Writing Coach Royd Hatta

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Sept. 14 – Nov. 16, 2023  (10 lessons)

Thursdays, 8:30AM - 9:30AM Pacific Time

Minimum 3 students 

Maximum 7 students


3 students:  $460 per student

4-8 students: $410 per student

(Includes lesson prep, 1:1 sessions, and detailed feedback on written assignments.)

Did you know that glow-in-the-dark dolphins were recently seen leaping through the waters off the Southern California coast?

Have you heard of how Australian scientists discovered a 150-foot-long silly-string-shaped creature in a deep sea canyon? 

Believe it or not, these are true, recent events found in the news!

In this workshop, students will be invited to become reporters who share exciting events based on surprising facts, numbers, colorful details, and interviews with experts. 

We’ll begin with made-up news stories as a way to understand how to build fact-based articles. Along the way, we'll introduce a fun visual game for understanding the structure of a news story. This leads to nonfiction articles and essays.  

We’ll walk through all the 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. 

On the last day of class, students will be read their favorite works they produce in this class.

As always, we'll walk through all steps in the creative process:

  • understanding the structure of a great story
  • generating and organizing ideas
  • writing with momentum
  • revising for clarity and logic
  • editing toward a final draft

Each student will be invited to present a reading on the last day of class.

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

Ages 11-13

WED 8:30 AM • Becoming Story Detectives

An Online  Introduction to Literary Analysis & Essay Writing

For Ages 11-13 (Rising 7th & 8th Graders) 

Taught by Writing Coach Royd Hatta

SEPT 11 - NOV 13, 2024 (10 lessons)

Wednesdays, 8:30am-9:30am PST

Minimum 6 students 

Maximum 10 students


6 Students: $465 per student

7-10 Students: $425 per student

(Includes lesson prep, 1:1 sessions, and detailed feedback on written assignments.)

The best novels and short stories can “Make us Care” and encourage us to question our humanity.  

This course will examine the inner workings of a story (and to us, everything is a story) through the eyes of a reader-detective. 

We’ll immerse ourselves into the art of short stories that resonate long after we’ve experienced them.

Through key literary devices, we'll illuminate their hidden meanings, pull apart their shocking endings, and develop a keen ear for their epiphanies.

These critical thinking tools are essential for mastering academic essays and literary analysis in particular. As always, we'll provide an essay structure and break down the thinking and writing into small steps.

Our readings will be chosen from this list:

Short Stories:

  • "The Paper Menagerie" by Ken Liu (fantasy short story that won the Hugo & Nebula Awards)
  • "All Summer in A Day" by Ray Bradbury (science fiction set on Venus)
  • "The Rules of the Game" by Amy Tan (an unexpected chess and family story)
  • "The Lady or the Tiger" by Frank R. Stockton (a classic with a mystery ending)
  • "The Scarlet Ibis" by James Hurst (a beautiful and heart-wrenching story of two young brothers)

We'll read one of the following novels:

The Giver by Lois Lowry (Futuristic story about a boy who begins to question his society and its rules when he is selected to become the next Receiver of Memory.)

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton (Two teen boys fight for their lives and run out of town. They discover that their lives can be so much more than what they grew up believing.)

Animal Farm by George Orwell (An animal fable and warninghow language can be manipulated for the purpose of absolute power.)

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred Taylor (A black family struggles to keep the land that they own in the face of racism in Depression Era Mississippi.) 

Writing assignments will include:

  • Short journal entries
  • Response-to-literature paragraphs
  • First draft essays & revisions

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

scarlet, ibis, red, bird

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three tests

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Ages 12-14

THURS 11AM • Utopian vs. Dystopian Worlds 

An In-Person Science Fiction Literature & Writing Course for Ages 12-14

Taught by Writing Coaches Shu-Hsien Ho
Sunnyvale CA: Hosted by Parent Danielle R. in her backyard

SEPT 5 - NOV 7, 2024 (10 Lessons)
Tuesdays 11am-12pm PST

Minimum 5 students
Maximum 10 students

5 Students: $460 per student
6-10 students: $415 per student

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

Readings will include:
• Short Stories by Ursula Le Guin, Ray Bradbury, etc.
• The Giver by Lois Lowry

Lois Lowry's famous futuristic novel, The Giver, presents a utopian society where everything is provided to Jonas and his community. They take care of their elders, their children, and their families. They have food, healthcare, education, and jobs for everyone. In fact, they live without pain or war. However, when Jonas is selected for the special role of the Receiver of Memories, he begins to question the decisions of the leaders.
This novel reflects a major theme and debate in science fiction: What represents an ideal society? Can humanity discover a peaceful solution to living together?
This course will explore literary analysis through weekly readings and thought-provoking, lively group discussions. We'll use a Socratic seminar approach to ask deeper questions and develop critical thinking and writing skills.
Students will write journal entries and short thought pieces as a way to digest and outline their ideas before sharing them in class.
The final assignment will ask students to address major themes and symbols in a literary analysis essay.
As always, we'll chunk down the thinking, organizing and writing into doable steps.

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

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Old Man. The Giver.

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