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

  • Jul 8, 2013 · 9:00 AM
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Dear Parents,

Based upon parent request, we're offering a new Summer Course for Tweens!

Fiction Writing Course for Tweens, Ages 11-13
Taught by Writing Coaches Shu-Hsien Ho & Royd Hatta

1 Week: July 8-12, 2013
MON - FRI, 9:00am - 12:00 noon
Minimum 5 students, Maximum 12 students

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

Tweens 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. This course is for students who are at a beginner or intermediate level in story/fiction writing.

Student will learn:
• how to write their stories using fun, hands-on, and highly interactive exercises
• how to create fully-developed characters and scenes
• how to address writer’s block, and
• how to structure story plots based on Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey

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 Anthology, published and distributed on

Feedback from our 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 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:
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 tween.

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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