Summer Story & Illustration Camp: June 23-27, Palo Alto

  • June 23, 2014 · 9:00 AM
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2014 Summer Imagine-Nation Courses for Young Writers, Ages 7-12

Taught by Writing Coaches Shu-Hsien Ho & Royd Hatta

This year, we’re inviting students to create stories about memorable, wacky Heroes and Villains. As always, we'll have 2 writing teachers and a maximum of 12 students per workshop.

Palo Alto (Barron Park area) – Hosted by Parent Bryony Autumn

JUNE 23-27: 9am-12noon - STORY WRITING, Ages 7-11

JUNE 23-27: 1pm-4pm - STORY ILLUSTRATION, Ages 7-11

* Half Day or Full Day programs available

San Jose (near Saratoga Ave exit off 280 Fwy) – Hosted by Art Educator, Dr. Smita Garg
AUG 11-15: 9am-12pm - STORY WRITING, Ages 7-12

AUG 11-15: 1-4pm - STORY ILLUSTRATION, Ages 7-12
* Half Day or Full Day programs available

Students will

* practice the entire writing process

* focus in-depth on one or two stories

* learn highly interactive, playful and hands-on writing games & exercises

* learn story structure based on the Hero’s Journey by Joseph Campbell

* have an opportunity to do a reading of their work on Friday

Our story writing students will travel through all the creative writing steps:

* Brainstorming

* Choosing a topic

* Organizing ideas

* Writing rough drafts

* Revising content

* Editing (grammar, spelling, punctuation)

* Publishing

The focus of the illustration class will be on practicing and developing drawing skills. We will use these skills in the visual development and presentation of story characters:

* Practice sketching with live models

* Learn to draw from observation

* Learn to convert ideas into images

* Use different art media, including pencils, pens, markers, watercolor, and collage papers

* Learn about different kinds of illustration styles

* Play fun 'artful' games

* Create a personal, illustrated story book by the end of the week

Feedback for our Workshops:

"My daughter had the pleasure of taking a week-long creative writing workshop from Shu-Hsien and Royd. Though my daughter is an advanced reader, I have had previous challenges creating an environment where she would get into writing. Shu-Hsien and Royd were able to get the group of kids to enthusiastically write. Students shared their works at the end of the week with oral readings. The teachers are excellent about using various strategies to tap into what works for the individual student and use interactive group work to start the thinking process moving for the young writers....My daughter came home from the workshop so happy and
, the way she can be after a long stretch of time engrossed in an activity."
  ~ Julie, Parent of 8-year-old writer

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 400 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. They are currently compiling and editing stories for the 2014 anthologies.

Regular Tuition:
$410 per student, Half-Day Programs
$595 per student, Full-Day Programs, includes lunch supervision

Special Offer if we receive a $150 Deposit per student by MARCH 1:
$310 per student, Half-Day Programs
$495 per student, Full-Day Programs, includes lunch supervision

RSVP online Today:

For more information, please contact Writing Coach Shu-Hsien Ho:

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To register and reserve a seat, please write deposit checks to

“Beyond the Box Learning” and mail 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 children.

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