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SUN 3/24 Teen Writing Workshop: A World of Danger & Drama

  • Mar 24, 2013 · 3:00 PM
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Teen Writers Workshop: A World of Danger and Drama
How do you create high stakes for your characters?

Dear Parents,

The theme for our upcoming workshop is discovering powerful ways to create nail-biting danger and drama for heroes and heroines. We'll share tools and techniques from the film industry!

This workshop is the perfect place for your teen writers to start or continue their stories.

Spread the word and RSVP Today at

We'll provide:
* 2 enthusiastic writing coaches
* highly interactive brainstorming techniques that show teens how to create drama for their characters and their readers
* at least 90 minutes of writing time
* one-on-one coaching and specific feedback for their stories, novels, poems, and essays

Please bring:
* works-in-progress
* a fully-charged laptop computer & power cord or
* paper notebook, pens
* your imagination and creative ideas
* a nut-free snack to share

Sunday, March 24, 2013
3:00 - 5:00pm
Generously hosted by Parent Bryony Autumn in her home:
3731 El Centro St, Palo Alto CA (near El Camino Real & Barron Ave)

See you there!
Shu-Hsien & Royd

Shu-Hsien Ho & Royd Hatta
Writing Coaches & Organizers

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. In 2011 and 2012, Ms. Ho and Mr. Hatta published four anthologies for their students: Strokes of Lightning, Real Heroes Wear Sneakers (available on, Bones of Mystery, and Encroaching Ink. Over the years, students have gotten accepted 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 currently teach courses for the Chinese American International School in San Francisco and for local homeschooling groups. They run two thriving writing clubs with over 340 families: Bay Area Young Writers and Bay Area Teen Writers.

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  • Royd H.

    In this fantastic workshop, our brilliant teen writers shared ways they create drama by "raising the stakes" for their stories. We discussed how adding danger, or creating "the ups and downs to the roller coaster" is only half of the solution. We've seen movies where there is action upon action, and yet something is desperately lacking. That missing ingredient may be a lack of how much our hero cares, and how much we care about him/her. By increasing that sense of "caring" by raising the emotional stakes of the hero, the drama of the action will rise along with it. Also, the "quiet" plateaus before the action sequences are perfect opportunities to introduce new news, rules, and realizations for the hero that help us care about her/him as flawed humans we want to cheer for. Our hope for them and their cause ultimately ratchets up our sense of "worry."

    March 26, 2013

  • Shu-Hsien H.

    We had a full house! It was wonderful to work with both our new and returning teen writers. We discussed one of the secret ingredients to all compelling stories: showing what is most important to the hero or heroine. What kinds of losses would make them real and loveable, and make readers care about them? Can't wait until the next workshop! Thank You to Bryony Autumn for hosting!

    March 25, 2013

  • Carlota L.

    My daughter said that she really liked it and she learned new things that she could use in her writing.

    1 · March 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Nathaniel would love to come! Is there still a seat available.

    March 24, 2013

  • cathy c.

    please confirm that I am on the waiting list for 3/24

    March 19, 2013

    • Shu-Hsien H.

      Hi Cathy, I hope you received my email just now - yes, we now have seats available for your daughter and a friend. See you Sunday!

      March 19, 2013

  • cathy c.

    Just my daughter is attending

    March 19, 2013

  • Asha

    My daughter is looking forward to this meetup.
    Thank you for making it available!

    March 13, 2013

  • Carlota L.

    My teen will bring a sample of her writing that reflects danger and drama. Would love for her to get more ideas.

    February 26, 2013

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