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Story Writing & Illustration Camp: AUG. 6-10, 2012

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Dear Parents,

We're announcing 2012 Young Writers Camps:

Imagine-Nation Story Workshops
Taught by Two Writing Coaches Shu-Hsien Ho & Royd Hatta
Beyond the Box Learning

3 WEEK-LONG CAMPS ARE AVAILABLE at different locations:

Monday - Friday, 9:00am – 12:00pm, Half Day
• JUNE 25 – 29: Los Altos, Springer School
• JULY 30 – AUGUST 3: Palo Alto, hosted by homeschooling parent Bryony Autumn

Monday - Friday, 9:00am – 4:00pm, Half Day or Full Day (with teacher-supervised lunch)
• AUGUST 6 – 10: San Jose, hosted in the home of Art Educator Smita Garg
• 9:00am – 12:00pm: Story Writing Workshops
• 1:00pm – 4:00pm: Story Illustration Workshops with Smita Garg

Open to YOUNG WRITERS, Ages 7-12
Each camp will accept a maximum of 12 students.

Students will
* practice the entire writing process
* focus in-depth on one or two stories
* learn highly interactive, playful and hands-on writing games & exercises
* have an opportunity to do a reading of their work on Friday

We will travel through all the creative writing steps:
Choosing a topic
Organizing ideas
Writing rough drafts
Revising content
Editing (grammar, spelling, punctuation)

The focus of the illustration class will be on practicing/developing drawing skills.
We will
-Practice sketching with live models
-Learn to draw from observation
-Learn to convert ideas into images
-Use different art media
-Learn about different kinds of illustration styles
-Play 'artful' games

We will use these skills in the visual development and presentation of story characters.

Recent Feedback for our Story Camps:

“Cool! Awesome! Interesting! I need more! WOW!”
~ Submitted by parent of a Third Grader, Palo Alto

“Wonderful class!!!”
~ Submitted by parent for her daughter, 10 year old, Oakland

"My daughter had the pleasure of taking a creative writing camp from Shu-Hsien. Though my daughter is an advanced reader, I have had previous challenges creating an environment where she would get into writing. Shu-Hsien was able to get the group of kids to enthusiastically write. They shared their works at the end of the week with oral readings. She is excellent about using various strategies to tap into what works for the individual student and uses interactive group work to start the thinking process moving for the young writers....My daughter came home from the workshop so happy and content, the way she can be after a long stretch of time engrossed in an activity."
~ Julie, Parent of 8-year-old writer

Since 1996, Writing Coach Shu-Hsien Ho has been passionate about teaching youth and teens, ages 7-18, how to organize their thoughts and write with power, clarity and ease. Students have worked with Ms. Ho to learn to write essays, research reports, their own poems, short stories and even their first novels. While working at Linden Tree Children's Bookstore, Ms. Ho met a teen writer who was writing her fantasy novel. After working with Ms. Ho, this writer independently published her 400-page novel at the age of 20. In May 2011, Ms. Ho and her students published two hero-themed anthologies, Strokes of Lightning and Real Heroes Wear Sneakers, now available on Over the years, students have gotten accepted into top colleges and universities, such as UC San Diego, Carnegie Mellon, MIT, NYU, and Brown University. Shu-Hsien Ho is a graduate of Pomona College and Lesley University. She and her Writing Coach husband Royd 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.

A local artist and art teacher, Smita Garg has taught art classes and workshops to children and adults throughout the San Francisco Bay Area including public and private schools; Next Door, a local women's shelter; the Moreland Area Community Center (MACC); the India Community Center (ICC); and the Art of Living Foundation's youth program. She believes that creating art is a powerful form of self-expression, inspiration, and healing. Smita Garg has a Doctorate in art education from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

• HALF-DAY CAMP: $385/young writer
• FULL-DAY CAMP: $550/young writer

SPECIAL OFFER if a $150 deposit is received by MAY 20.
• HALF-DAY CAMP: $285/young writer
• FULL-DAY CAMP $450/young writer

If you have more than one child who would like to register, please call for those tuition rates.

Please write your deposit to "Beyond the Box Learning" and mail it to:
Shu-Hsien Ho
Beyond the Box Learning
c/o UPS Store
530 Showers Drive # 7-256
Mountain View, CA 94040

For more information, please contact Writing Coach
Shu-Hsien Ho at [masked] or[masked] (cell)