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Palo Alto Teen Fiction Writing Course: July 8 - 12, 2013

  • Jul 8, 2013 · 1:00 PM
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Dear Parents and Teachers,

We'd like to announce one of our 2013 Summer Courses!

Fiction Writing Course for Teens, Ages 13 – 17
Taught by Writing Coaches Shu-Hsien Ho & Royd Hatta

1 Week: July 8-12, 2013
MON - FRI, 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Minimum 5 students, Maximum 12 students

This course will be hosted by parent Bryony Autumn in her Palo Alto home.

Teens are invited to work on current or new projects, including short stories, poetry, and novels. All genres are accepted: fantasy, historical fiction, realistic fiction, science fiction, mystery, thriller, memoir, plays, etc. Our theme this year is Creating Special Worlds for our story heroes and heroines.

Student will learn:
• how to write their stories using hands-on, interactive exercises
• how to create fully-developed characters and scenes
• how to address writer’s block, and
• how to structure their stories based on Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey and Eric Edson's book, The Story Solution
• how to apply successful storytelling techniques from the film industry

Students will have at least 90 minutes of actual writing time each day. This course may include a guest speaker. Students will have the opportunity to give a reading of their work on the last day of class, and may submit their stories for the upcoming 2014 Bay Area Teen Writers Anthology, published and distributed on Amazon.com.

Feedback from our Teen 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 camp 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, 9th grader

We are offering a special rate for parents who mail a $150 deposit by March 25, 2013.
Regular Tuition: $395/student
Special Offer: $295/student

To reserve a seat and register today, please
1. RSVP online: http://www.meetup.com/Parents-of-Bay-Area-Teen-Writers/events/108992302/
2. write your check to "Beyond the Box Learning" and mail it to:

Shu-Hsien Ho
Beyond the Box Learning
c/o UPS Store
530 Showers Drive #7-256
Mountain View CA 94040

Thank you! We look forward to working with your teen.

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 340 families: Bay Area Young Writers and Bay Area Teen Writers. In the last two years, Ms. Ho and Mr. Hatta published four anthologies of their students’ fiction: Strokes of Lightning, Real Heroes Wear Sneakers, Bones of Mystery, and Encroaching Ink.


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  • Shu-Hsien H.

    We had an incredibly prolific and advanced group of writers! Both Royd and I were inspired by their stories and hope to see them in our 2014 anthology. See you at our next Sunday workshop!

    August 12, 2013

  • cathy c.

    switching back to PM class! My daughter is inspired! Thanks!!!

    May 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi I am a mom of a 14 year old daughter who will be visiting from NYC. She loves to read all genres but her favorites are fantasy and realistic fiction.

    1 · May 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Devyn Prieto

    May 19, 2013

  • Shelley Ackerman H.

    Micah will be there!

    May 4, 2013

  • cathy c.

    switching to AM class

    March 25, 2013

  • cathy c.

    My daughter Claire will be attending!

    March 19, 2013

  • Audrey A.

    Emma is looking forward to it. I'm going to see if her friend Cassie can sign-up too.

    March 18, 2013

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