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Palo Alto - The Funniest Day of My Life: SUN 4/27 Young Writers Workshop

  • Apr 27, 2014 · 12:30 PM
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The Funniest Day of My Life: Young Writers Workshop
with Writing Coaches Shu-Hsien Ho & Royd Hatta
Sunday, April 27, 2014
12:30pm - 2:00pm

Dear Parents,

This workshop topic is inspired by the following prompt: write about "the funniest, most amazing, or embarrassing day you could ever imagine having.... The funnier and weirder, the better!"

Let's come together to write our own funny and amazing stories in this complimentary workshop!

We'll provide:
* fun brainstorming/storytelling games
* Writing techniques for creating funny, wild, and weird stories
* at least 40 minutes to write stories
* Two writing coaches

Please bring
* a paper notebook, pencils, erasers OR
* a fully-charged laptop computer with power cord
* a bottle of water
* light nut-free snacks to share
* your enthusiasm and creative ideas
* any story-in-progress

Please tell parents about this event and RSVP "Yes!"

Generously Hosted by Parent Bryony Autumn in her home:
3731 El Centro Street, Palo Alto CA (Barron Park area)

Looking forward,
Shu-Hsien & Royd
Parents of Bay Area Young Writers

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: Bay Area Young Writers and Bay Area Teen Writers.

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  • Royd H.

    We began with an epic story playing our group card game. We saw how elements in the story's past could be used to create coincidental situations that were hilarious or produced a perfect solution when the hero was in trouble. We also discussed how the unexpected could make characters and situations funny. We also need a bit of reality so that we can step inside the story. But, once we are comfortable, or assume we know the rules, then the unexpected can swoop in and have some fun. Thanks for attending!

    April 30, 2014

  • Theresa J.

    Sorry we missed it. Didn't receive email confirmation until today for some reason.

    April 28, 2014

    • Royd H.

      Sorry you weren't notified in time. It seems that Meetup's email announcements were not sent. We'll check with the folks at meetup. Hope to see you next time.

      1 · April 28, 2014

  • Grace h.

    Sorry I'll miss it, the confirmation came too late and we won't be able to make it.

    April 27, 2014

  • Grace h.

    Sorry I'll miss it, the confirmation came too late and we won't be able to make it.

    April 27, 2014

  • Shu-Hsien H.

    Dear Parents, please RSVP only for your child(ren), since we have limited seats. Thank you and see you on April 27th!

    March 27, 2014

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