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:

http://www.meetup.com/Parents-of-Bay-Area-Young-Writers/suggestion/

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?

Upcoming events (4)

June 1st is the New Submission Date for 2019 Story Contest!

Beyond the Box Learning

Dear Parents, Teachers, and Friends, We met many new families at our April meetup, so we're extending the submission date for this story contest through JUNE 1st! Please share this event with your wider community. While this is not a meetup workshop, we’d like to invite young writers to participate. We're celebrating our 10-Year Anniversary! Into the Belly of the Whale: 2019 Adventure Story Writing Contest Sponsored by Writing Coaches Shu-Hsien Ho & Royd Hatta Beyond the Box Learning Theme: Imagine stepping into the mouth of a giant, diving through a black hole, or transforming into a super hero. Just as Pinocchio entered unexpected and sometimes dangerous worlds in his quest to become human, this Story Contest will invite writers to travel with their story characters and tackle the twists and turns of their amazing adventures. All genres are accepted, including fantasy, science fiction, realistic fiction, dystopian fiction, comedy, plays, nonfiction, and memoir. Who can join? San Francisco Bay Area residents (ages 7-25). Age categories: Youth: 7-10 Tween: 11-13 Teen: 14-18 Young Adults: 19-25 * All winners will be invited to attend our celebration at Linden Tree Books in Los Altos! Due Date: Accepting submissions through JUNE 1st, 2019. Prizes for each age category: First Place: $100 cash prize Second Place: $50 gift card to Linden Tree Books Third Place: $25 gift card to Books Inc. Criteria: Original, unpublished story. Max. 3000 words. MS Word docs, double-spaced, Times New Roman, 12 pt font. Please include the following at the top left corner of the first page: Writer’s name, age as of April 30 Writer’s email Parent’s name Parent’s email Parent’s phone number Please email all submissions and inquiries to: [masked] We look forward to receiving your stories! 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 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.

You're Invited! Los Altos Math & Story Camp: June 17-21

Bridges Community Church

Dear Parents, We're excited to partner with Math Coach Amelia Chan and offer a Math & Story Writing Camp for Rising Gr. 3-6 students. An Early Bird rate is available before March 31. Please register at this link: https://www.mathamelia.com/2019summer-camp Details are included below. Date: Week of June 17 - 21, 2019 Camp Hours: 9am - 4pm 9am - 12pm: Fun with Math 12 - 1pm: Supervised lunch (please bring your own brown bag lunch) 1 - 4pm: Creative Writing Location: Bridges Community Church, 625 Magdalena Ave, Los Altos Hills, CA 94024 Math Enrichment Camp taught by Coach Amelia Chan: A high quality summer program that provides a challenging but fun educational environment for all students in a small group setting. The math camp is filled with hands on learning and games. Kids will develop new knowledge and problem solving strategies. Most important of all, they will have fun while learning math. Creative Writing Camp taught by Writing Coaches Shu-Hsien Ho & Royd Hatta: Into the Belly of the Whale: An Adventure Story Writing Workshop Imagine stepping into the mouth of a giant, diving through a black hole, or transforming into a super hero. Just as Pinocchio entered unexpected and sometimes dangerous worlds in his quest to become human, this workshop will invite students to travel with their story characters and tackle the twists and turns of their amazing adventures. We’ll tap into our imaginations with highly interactive storytelling games and exercises, as we walk through every step of the writing process: • inspiring a love for creative writing • understanding the structure and the power of a compelling story • generating and organizing ideas • writing with momentum • revising for clarity and logic • editing towards a final draft Each student will be invited to present a reading on the last day of class. SPECIAL OFFER: If payment is received by March 31: $695 Regular tuition: $795/student There are two free spots for the math camp portion only for students who receive free or reduced lunch. Please contact Amelia Chan to inquire.

Palo Alto Adventure Story Camp for Tweens: July 15-19

Bryony Autumn's Home

Dear Parents, By request, we're offering a camp just for Tweens, ages 10-12! Into the Belly of the Whale: Adventure Story Writing Workshop for Tweens Taught by Writing Coaches Shu-Hsien Ho & Royd Hatta Beyond the Box Learning JULY 15-19, 2019 MON-FRI, 1:00-4:00pm Hosted by Bryony Autumn: Palo Alto (near El Camino Real & Barron Ave) Imagine stepping into the mouth of a giant or diving through a black hole. Or, envision jumping out of a classroom and transforming into a caped superhero. Just as Pinocchio entered unexpected and sometimes dangerous worlds in his quest to become human, this workshop will invite writers to travel with their characters and tackle the twists and turns of their thrilling adventures. We will provide a highly interactive, playful environment to inspire students to brainstorm ideas and create their own unique tales. We'll address opening scenes, rising conflicts, climaxes, and resolutions. As always, students will walk through every step of the writing process: generating first ideas, developing characters and plot, organizing, writing first drafts, revising, editing, and publishing. All genres are welcome. Students will be invited to read an excerpt of their stories on Friday afternoon. Registration Steps Early Bird rate for registrations by APRIL 15: $450 per student Regular Tuition: $550 per student Please: 1. Email your child’s full name, age as of July 15, allergy info, Parents’ daytime phone numbers 2. Send a $150 deposit via PayPal to: [masked] Tuition balance is due by July 1. Deposit Refunds are available until May 1. After this date, we provide a refund if another student fills the spot. Thank you, Shu-Hsien Feedback for our Workshops: “Thank you for being such an inspiration for my daughter! Isabella looks forward to Fridays because creative writing is her favorite class. She plans to continue with your classes.” ~ Parent of Isabella, Grade 3 Heroes & Villains Story Writing Workshop “We are eternally grateful to you both for helping our boys so very much. Julian was not at all stressed with his creative writing final. This is because of all his work with you both - he told me! Miles' library persuasive essay was handed in and VERY well received! We're very blessed, thank you!” ~ Bryony Autumn, Palo Alto 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 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 Cal State Long Beach, with specialties in history, theater, and philosophy. Ms. Ho and Mr. Hatta 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 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 2019 Adventure Story Contest.

Foster City: Heroes & Villains Story Course for Homeschoolers

Katherine Cinq-Mars' Home

Dear Parents, We have been invited to offer a Fall 2019 Writers Workshop for homeschoolers who are rising 6th and 7th graders on the Peninsula. This class is part of a series of literature and writing courses for the upcoming school year. Parent Katherine Cinq-Mars will host in her Foster City home. Please help us spread the word! Extraordinary Heroes & Dastardly Villains: A Story Writing Workshop, Ages 11-13 Taught by Writing Coaches Shu-Hsien Ho & Royd Hatta Beyond the Box Learning SEPT 11 - NOV 13, 2019 Wednesdays, 10:00-11:30am 10 lessons, 90 minutes each Hosted by Katherine Cinq-Mars in Foster City (Parents who register with a deposit will receive the address.) Harriet the Spy. Percy Jackson. Harry, Hermione, and Ron. Who can forget the wild and wonderful adventures of these favorite characters? All heroes enter a special world when they accept a surprising challenge or an unexpected mission. What will they face? How will they react to the monsters or disasters or tricksters on their path? This course will focus on the Hero's Journey as a way to understand story structure. We'll address opening scenes, rising conflicts, climaxes, and resolutions. We’ll provide a highly interactive, playful environment to inspire students to brainstorm ideas and create their own adventure tales. Our workshops will walk through all steps of the writing process: generating first ideas, writing new scenes, organizing, expanding drafts, revising, editing, and publishing. All genres are welcome. Registration: Early Bird Rate if we receive a $150 deposit by MAY 10, 2019: 6 Students (1 teacher): $380 per student 7-10 Students (2 teachers): $360 per student Please Email to [masked] your child’s full name, age as of Sept. 11, any allergies, parents’ day time phone numbers. Send a $150 deposit via PayPal to: [masked] (Please use the Friends & Family option as fees have increased.) Refunds are available before Aug. 1. After that date, we will refund if the spot is filled by another student. Thank you! We look forward to working together. Reviews for our Workshops: “Thank you for being such an inspiration for my daughter! Isabella looks forward to Fridays because creative writing is her favorite class. She plans to continue with your classes.” ~ Parent of Isabella, Grade 3 Heroes & Villains Story Writing Workshop “We are eternally grateful to you both for helping our boys so very much. Julian was not at all stressed with his creative writing final. This is because of all his work with you both - he told me! Miles' library persuasive essay was handed in and VERY well received! We're very blessed, thank you!” ~ Bryony Autumn, Palo Alto 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 earned acceptance into top colleges, such as UC San Diego, Carnegie Mellon, Caltech, MIT, 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 Cal State Long Beach, with specialties in history, theater, and philosophy. They currently teach homeschooling groups and at the Chinese American International School in San Francisco. They run two thriving writers clubs with over 675 families: Bay Area Young Writers and Bay Area Teen Writers. Since 2011, they have published 8 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. Ms. Ho and Mr. Hatta are accepting submissions for their 2019 Adventure Story Contest.

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