What we're about

Dear Parents and Teachers,
We bring together encouraging parents and enthusiastic Young Writers (ages 7-12) to share stories, exchange ideas, and grow creative writing skills in a fun and informal workshop setting.
Our events include guest speakers (artists, writers, photographers, etc.), games, field trips and both one-time workshops and writing workshop series.
Of course, we're always looking for new ideas to inspire creative writing within our community.
If you have any questions, then please contact us at:

Thank you, and I look forward to meeting you and your family at our next event.

Shu-Hsien Ho
Writing Coach

Who do you know in your world that would like to write with passion, clarity, and ease?

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July 25-29 Foster City In-Person Story Camp

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Dear Parents & Friends,

A family in Foster City has offered to host our July story camp in their backyard! Would you like to join us?

Rascals, Raccoons, and Robots:
An In-Person Story Camp for Ages 8-11

Mon-Fri, July 25-29, 2022
10:00am - 12:00 noon PDT

Taught by Writing Coaches Royd Hatta & Shu-Hsien Ho
Beyond the Box Learning

Minimum 6 students, Maximum 10

Generously hosted by parents Rain & Peter in their backyard.

Imagine meeting raccoon brothers who must save their beloved swamp from 17 marauding wild boars. They can't stop the boars on their own, so they call on a Bigfoot-like giant known as Sugar Man to help them. Will they wake up the Sugar Man in time to prevent the destruction?

This camp invites writers to create unique heroes that are determined to reach their goals, solve a mystery, or embark on a dangerous mission.

Through our special version of the Hero’s Journey, we'll guide students to create their own compelling stories and show examples from memorable novels such as Kathi Appelt's tall tale, The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp.

We’ll provide a highly interactive, playful environment to inspire students to create their own tales of fantasy, time travel, science fiction, or anything in between. Stories in all genres are welcome.

Our course will walk through all steps of the writing process:

  • generating first ideas
  • writing new scenes
  • organizing
  • integrating details
  • revising for clarity and logic, and
  • editing towards a final draft.

Each student will be invited to present a reading on the last day of class.

Our Safety Note: We'll ask all students to wear masks during our camp.

Special Tuition Rate: $340 per student if registered by May 5.
Regular Tuition: $395 per student

To register or send questions, please email [masked]

We'll email a confirmation upon receipt of tuition and send the exact address 3 days before our class begins.

We look forward to working together!

Thank you in advance,
Shu-Hsien & Royd

For more information about our programs, please visit:

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 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 teach workshops for homeschooling groups and the Chinese American International School in San Francisco. They run two thriving writers clubs with over 700 families: Bay Area Young Writers and Bay Area Teen Writers. Since 2011, Ms. Ho and Mr. Hatta have published eight 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. Ms. Ho and Mr. Hatta are currently accepting submissions for their Planet Earth themed Poetry Contest.

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June 20-24 In-Person Story Camp: Rascals, Raccoons & Robots

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