"The Immigrant Experience Writing Contest"
2015 will be the fourth year that I'm sponsoring "The Immigrant Experience Writing
Contest" through California's San Mateo County Fair - Fine Arts
Galleria - Literary Department. Please look for applications, entry fees, submission
guidelines, and deadlines to enter your piece to my contest and all the other wonderful writing
deadline is April 1, 2015
Thank you, Literary Director Bardi Rosman Koodrin, for creating
Author and Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan
Here's a preview of the description of my
DIVISION 332 – THE IMMIGRANT
EXPERIENCE: NOVEL, MEMOIR, BIOGRAPHY, SHORT STORY, ESSAY OR MONOLOGUE
Sponsored by 22-Day Writing Coach Teresa
Author of: Love Made of Heart
(mother-daughter love story); Build
Your Writer’s Platform & Fanbase in 22 Days; and
"Talking to My Dead Mom" Monologues
2nd Place $50
This contest is to honor immigrants who struggle over language barriers, poverty, stigmas, and
injustice. Your entry could be a firsthand account or a retelling of someone else’s experience. Show how
your protagonist goes about pursuing what she/he wants while confronting antagonists (persons or circumstances);
use authentic details to show protagonist's recollection or attitude of "the old country"; foreshadow the core
theme in the first paragraph or at least on page one.
1,500 words of your unpublished novel, memoir, or biography (no synopsis or prologue please) or a 1,500
word unpublished short story, essay or monologue.
author of Love Made of Heart Teresa LeYung Ryan
I use my novel Love Made of Heart to shed light on stigmas suffered
by immigrant women, men, and children
Please visit "Teresa's Blog" page on this website and share your immigrant stories by submitting
comments to blog posts.
"Ms. Teresa! Thanks you for visiting us in our class . . . remarkable! I also have your signature in my book
with your dedication, I'll treasure that for the rest of my life, and you will serve as my role model!" a
student at C.C.S.F
Mr. Victor Turks, teacher of Advance Composition ESL at City College of San Francisco,
"My students are reading Love Made of Heart. And coming from 'one of
their own,' it’s a book that they can enthusiastically relate to. 'Is it true?' they ask. 'Yes, all
the bad stuff happened,' Teresa LeYung Ryan tells them. The students are all ears. How can someone
write so convincingly and movingly about everyday life? How does one go about getting her ideas and
feelings across in such lucid and dramatic fashion? 'Why, this is just like our own lives,' a
student says during a class discussion of Ms. Ryan’s book.
"My students sense a kinship with Teresa and tell her so in heartfelt welcoming letters written to
her. 'Thanks for being my role model,' one says. 'I thank you for coming to our class and speaking
to us,' another writes. 'What was the hardest thing about learning English?' somebody wants to
know. By offering them the template of her beautifully written English, Ryan holds out hope to
classrooms of ESL students eager to acquire mother-tongue-like proficiency with their speech and
writing. I dare say we’ve come full circle with Love Made of Heart. As a
class, we are better off for having read it, underscoring my personal teaching belief that
high-quality reading can lead to high-quality writing."
Wonderful ESL students in Ms. Miriam Queen's class at City College of San Francisco
Teresa LeYung Ryan cheers for ESL students and immigrants.
you, ESL teachers Victor Turks, Miriam
Queen, Patricia Costello and
your wonderful ESL students at City College of
San Francisco, for reading Love Made of Heart.
Teachers Miriam Queen & Victor
Turks invite immigrant-author Teresa LeYung Ryan to CCSF to talk to ESL
students about her book Love Made of Heart and
Chinese word heart inside Chinese word
Jennifer & her mom Susan at Asian Heritage Street Celebration tell Teresa LeYung Ryan
that they had read Love Made of Heart
California Writers Club members Margie Yee Webb, Lloyd Lofthouse, Frances Kakugawa, Teresa LeYung
Ryan sign books at Asian Heritage Street Celebration
Annie Yee & author Teresa LeYung Ryan at Asian Heritage Street Celebration 2010
pink & purple Love Made
of Heart gift items at Teresa LeYung
Ryan's online store through CafePress