Writing Workshop: How to get Published Before Age 18
Special Workshop for Teen Writers and Parents: Discover the Secrets to Getting Published Before the Age of 18 It's after school. Your son or daughter has just clicked open the front door. “I’m home!” You yell back, “Hi Honey, there’s a letter for you on the dining room table.” Your heart starts fluttering as you hear the thump of a heavy backpack being dropped on the floor and the sound of an envelope being torn open. You can barely stand the silence when the kitchen door bursts open. Your teen is beaming like the sun and throws the letter into your hands. “I got in!” Your eyes scan over the first paragraph: “Congratulations! Your story has been selected for our next issue….” It's all you can do to keep yourself from jumping up and down with pride. Instead, you take a deep breath. With a sparkle in your eyes and a huge smile on your face, you give your teen a giant hug. "You did it!" Does this sound like the kind of experience you’d love for your son or daughter? Does your teen have a secret, or not-so-secret, desire to get published? Did you know that today there are multiple avenues for teens to get their stories and essays out into the world? If you’d like to know the real scoop about how your teen can get published before the age of 18, then this is the workshop for you and your aspiring teen writer. Writing Coach Shu-Hsien Ho and Author Beth Barany will join us and introduce some of the key steps that will take aspiring writers from idea to publication. Author, speaker and columnist Beth Barany works with aspiring authors and helps them actually get their books completed and out into the world. Ms. Barany is the author of The Writer's Adventure Guide: 12 Stages to Writing Your Book, and Overcome Writer's Block. She is a columnist and editor at The National Networker, and a contributing author to several anthologies, including Writing Romance and Creativity Coaching Success Stories. She is currently editing an anthology of stories by UC Berkeley alumni called, When I Was There, due out in May 2010. Ms. Barany works with clients in the US, Canada and Europe, and gives talks nationally and internationally. Beth Barany writes young adult fantasy novels. 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. As a result, one writer self-published her 400-page fantasy novel at the age of 20. Her students have gotten accepted into top colleges and universities, such as UC San Diego, Carnegie Mellon and Brown University. Shu-Hsien Ho is a graduate of Pomona College and Lesley University.