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Palo Alto SUN 9/15 Workshop: Monsters, Space Ships & Superheroes

  • Sep 15, 2013 · 12:30 PM
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Imagine stepping into a world filled with giant red lollipops, tall, plastic palm trees, and dancing elves. Or imagine being an X-wing fighter pilot, swooping down into the dark trenches of the Death Star. These vivid scenes in movies all started with a series of hand-drawn, story board sketches that resemble elaborate comic strips. Each scene evokes an exciting, mysterious, or surprising visual story that is part of the entire plot.

Stories from movies are the inspiration for our upcoming September event. Create Your Own Monsters, Inc. or Percy Jackson story in our first Young Writers Workshop of the fall season!

Young Writers Workshop: Monsters, Space Ships & Superheroes
Create Your Own Movie Story
For Children Ages 7-12
Taught by Writing Coaches Shu-Hsien Ho & Royd Hatta

12:30 – 2:00pm

This complimentary event is generously hosted by Parent Bryony Autumn in her home:
3731 El Centro Street, Palo Alto CA

We’ll provide:
• highly interactive, playful brainstorming games
• specific ways to create your own story boards and plots
• 2 enthusiastic writing coaches
• At least 40 minutes of story writing time

Please bring:
• Your imagination and creative ideas
• If available, current stories-in-progress
• A spiral-bound paper notebook, pencils, erasers OR
• A fully-charged laptop computer with power cord
• Light, nut-free snacks to share
• A water bottle

Invite your friends and RSVP “Yes” Today (reserve 1 seat per writer):

Recent Feedback for our Young Writers Workshops:

“Cool! Awesome! Interesting! I need more! WOW!”
~ Tong Hui, 4th Grader, Palo Alto

“Wonderful class!!!”
~ I. Choi, 10 year old, Oakland

"My daughter had the pleasure of taking a creative writing class 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 course with oral readings. The teachers were 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 content, 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 390 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.

    Our young writers used their amazing imaginations to create a group story and then put pencil to paper to sketch and write their own pieces. Can't wait to see everyone at the next workshop!

    September 17, 2013

  • Royd H.

    Thank you to all the parents and young writers who decided to write on such a gorgeous day! We opened the workshop with a mind-expanding story game, that turned out to be a tale of how the flash of light found its way into a camera. Apparently, it came from a golden star running from the jaws of a jealous sun! Epic!

    Once our minds were sufficiently stretched, we began working on creating characters. Besides the character's name, and what they look like, it always helps to know, what they WANT more than anything in the world, and what their special SKILLS/KNOWLEDGE/TOOLS might be. Of course, all characters are somewhat human, so we'd love to know what their FLAWS could be. Finally, a good way to sum up a character's personality is to ask "What are they often caught saying to themselves or other people?" Students were able to brainstorm with comic paper, or write what happens to our heroes when they encounter the biggest conflict in their lives.

    September 17, 2013

  • Diane W.

    With 2 kids

    September 9, 2013

    • Diane W.

      My two daughters -5th grader and 3rd grader. Thanks.

      September 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    RSVP: Two young writers.

    September 9, 2013

  • Shu-Hsien H.

    Dear Parents, please RSVP only for your child(ren), so that we have an accurate count of reserved seats. Thank you! See you soon.

    September 4, 2013

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