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Palo Alto - Mysteries & Thrillers - Sun 10/25 Teen/Tween Writing Workshop

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Dear Parents and Teachers,

We're hosting our annual mystery and thriller workshop! Discover how to create suspense and spine-tingling scenes in any story. Bring a friend and join the fun!

RSVP Today; we have just 12 seats available.

Mysteries & Thrillers: Fiction Writing Workshop

for Tweens & Teens, Ages 12-18

Sunday, October 25, 2015


Generously Hosted by parent Bryony Autumn

3731 El Centro Street, Palo Alto CA

Taught by Writing Coaches Shu-Hsien Ho & Royd Hatta

We'll provide:

* 2 enthusiastic writing coaches

* an interactive brainstorming game

* specific techniques for creating mystery and suspense in story scenes

* at least one hour for actual writing

Please bring:

* your story ideas & any works-in-progress

* a fully-charged laptop computer and power cord or

* a paper notebook and pens

* a nut-free snack to share

* a bottle of water

* a donation of your choice

Thank you and see you on October 25th,

Shu-Hsien & Royd

Writing Coaches/Organizers

Feedback from 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 workshop 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 A., 9th grader

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 520 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, Piercing the Unknown and Special Worlds. The latter two books are available on