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Imagine your teen being in a well-lit room full of aspiring writers, where everyone is talking excitedly and laughing. Some people are reading their stories out loud; others are asking for feedback on their blog posts and college essays. Everyone is working on a special piece for the Annual Teen Writers Anthology. The energy is contagious.

Is your teen curious about joining a group of Teen Writers who share their passion for writing?

As a parent, would you like to encourage their writing while learning powerful new tools and techniques to develop their skills?

Has your teen expressed a desire to get published?

If you think your teen would say "Yes!" to any of these questions, then you've found the right place.

We bring together Parents and their enthusiastic Teen Writers, ages 13-18, in an informal workshop setting to hone both their creative writing and academic writing skills. Writers of all levels, media, and genres are welcome, including: short stories, poetry, novels, comic books, graphic novels, screenplays, and research topics.

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Who do you know in your world that wants to write with power, clarity and ease?

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Palo Alto SUN 2/24: Auspicious & Suspicious Beginnings: A Story Workshop

Dear Parents and Writers, Happy Lunar New Year! Our theme for our February meetup is Auspicious and Suspicious Beginnings. Join us to learn how to create intrigue and capture your readers' attention right from the first opening hook. Invite your friends and RSVP "Yes" today. Auspicious and Suspicious Beginnings: A Fiction Writing Workshop Sunday, February 24,[masked]:30 – 2:30pm Open to Tween & Teen Writers ages 12-18 Taught by Writing Coaches Shu-Hsien Ho & Royd Hatta Hosted by parent Bryony Autumn: 3731 El Centro St, Palo Alto We’ll provide: • A highly interactive storytelling game • Specific, concrete tools for creating powerful opening scenes in stories • 2 enthusiastic writing coaches Please bring: • your imagination and story ideas • a paper notebook, pens • optional: a fully-charged laptop computer with power cord • a bottle of water • nut-free snacks to share • optional: a donation of your choice We have seats for 12 writers. RSVP “Yes!” and invite your friends! Please email us if you have any questions: [masked] See you there! Shu-Hsien & Royd Organizers/Writing Coaches 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, independent research papers, 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 earned acceptance 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, theater, and philosophy. Ms. Ho and Mr. Hatta currently teach workshops for homeschooling groups and at the Chinese American International School in San Francisco. They run two thriving writers clubs with over 650 families: Bay Area Young Writers and Bay Area Teen Writers. Since 2011, Ms. Ho and Mr. Hatta have published six anthologies of their students’ fiction: Strokes of Lightning, Real Heroes Wear Sneakers, Bones of Mystery, Encroaching Ink, Special Worlds, Piercing the Unknown, Colorful Characters, and Hues of Hubris. These books are available on Amazon.com.

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