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Dear Writers,

Do submit your work to writing contests run by reputable organizations. Do choose contest categories that match your genre or themes.

Congratulations to all the 2016 Literary Award winners  at the Literary Arts Stage at the San Mateo County Fair, San Mateo, California. To see the list of the many writing contests and the winners  Bardi Rosman Koodrin (Literary Director, Fine Arts Galleria at the San Mateo County Fair) says: “Winning entries will be displayed during the County Fair June 11-19, 2016. Winners will receive prizes and will be published in our Carry the Light anthology published by Sand Hill Review Press.”

Each year, I, Teresa LeYung-Ryan, sponsor the “Immigrant Experience Writing Contest”


 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. ELIGIBILITY:  Submit 1,500 word maximum unpublished short story, essay or monologue. Must have a title.


Sponsored by 22-Day Writing Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan

Love Made of Heart: a Daughter Finds Herself Through Witnessing Her Mother’s Mental Illness (novel); 

Build Your Writer’s Platform & Fanbase in 22 Days (workbook);

Talking to My Dead Mom Monologues;

 Coach Teresa’s Blog

Judges’ comments to 2016 Winners of the “Immigrant Experience Writing Contest”:

1st Place: “A Little Water goes a Long Way” by Ellen Six

Poignant. Excellent show of theme – protagonist connecting with faraway relatives solely through letters sent to her mother. Story clearly shows “immigrant experience” from narrator’s point of view. Brava! Thank you for entering Immigrant Experience Writing Contest sponsored by Writing Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan.  Judges: authors Teresa LeYung-Ryan and Luisa Adams

 2nd Place: “Immigrating to America, 1960” by Rosina Weiskopf

Nice job showing protagonist’s determination. Would have liked to hear her voice, know her name, whether she had previous waitressing experience, and what she looked like through dialogue. Engaging story. Thank you for entering Immigrant Experience Writing Contest. Judges: authors Teresa LeYung-Ryan and Luisa Adams

 Honorable Mention:  “Belly Dance” by Marcela Dickerson

Enticing hook – widow from Chile becomes newlywed in CA, U.S.A. However, help reader connect with protagonist even though she says she’s a sociable person and that she worked as an interpreter for the UN. Show her reactions to the TV programs and especially interaction with her husband. Stay with your enticing hook. Thank you for entering Immigrant Experience Writing Contest Judges: Teresa LeYung-Ryan and Luisa Adams

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Thank you, Bardi Rosman Koodrin (Literary Director, Fine Arts Galleria at the San Mateo County Fair), for helping me refine my contest description.

Thank you, Luisa Adams, for being co-judge this year 2016.

Thank you, Mary E. Knippel, Prof. Sheryl Fairchild, and Margie Yee Webb, for being co-judges in past years.

Writing Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan who says: “Rewrite with Theme, Submit to Writing Contests!”
Teresa LeYung-Ryan is the creator of:
·          For Theme’s Sake: Edit Your Own Manuscript Before Pitching to Agents or Self-Publishing·          Heroes,  Tricksters, and Villains – What Do These Archetypes Want in Your Story World?

·         . . .  and other workshops

·          “Help Your Fans Find YOU”

·          “Build & Retrofit Your Writer’s Platform”

·         . . .and other interactive presentations

·          Immigrant Experience Writing Contest

·          the trademark LOVE MADE OF HEART







April 25, 2015

Writing Coach Teresa asks: “How do you hook your reader at the middle of your book?”

Writing Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan here . . . recording notes . . .  energized from co-teaching with Mary E. Knippel today – Day 2 of “For Theme’s Sake: Edit Your Own Manuscript Before Pitching or Self-Publishing”.

Our students / hardworking authors supplied plenty of inspiration for their own protagonists as well as for fellow-classmates.

Today we focused on the middle of everyone’s manuscripts. Why the middle?

Before I take on the role of the writer, I put on my reader’s hat.  For me, reading a book is like going for a hike on a trail that I’ve never been on before.  By looking at the signs at the trailhead, I know how long I would have to walk in order to get to the end . . .  just as I know how many hours it would take to read a book by seeing the page count.

That hike I’ve started – the sign posts on the first half of the trail are clear and helpful. I know that if I follow the arrows, I will reach the end, and feel great as I always do after a “good” long walk.

I’ve started reading a book. The author hooks me from page one – sometimes that hook is the narrator’s voice/language, other times it’s the subject matter (a topic that I do relate to or one that I would like to know more about).  By page 5 (oftentimes, even sooner) I know what the main character/protagonist wants or needs, and, I want to see what’s going to happen next. So I turn the page.  I am in the story world.

The author had planted “sign posts” to guide me. Those sign posts are called “themes”.

By the middle of the book, that core theme/sign post better be there.  If the story has stopped hooking me, I will put the book down and probably not open it again.  (On my hike, if at midpoint the trail seems to have disappeared, the marker has fallen off its post, and I’m all alone  . . .  do I continue on? By the way, I am not interested in getting lost today. My dinner awaits me at home.)

Such is the task for an author – how to guide the reader with that core theme, scene after scene.

To the dear authors in our class,

That big sheet of paper that Mary gave you today?  Tape the class handouts from Day 1 and Day 2 onto that sheet. Look at those aids every time you meet with your protagonist.  And, ask your protagonist these questions:   “Where are you today on your Hero’s Journey?”  “What do you want ? … in this scene.”

Speaking of “scene” –

Writing Coach Teresa says: “A scene is a compilation of paragraphs that creates a “movie” in the Reader’s mind.  Which means:  action, dialogue, sensory details, and authentic details.

A sequence of scenes guides the Reader in your Story World, and, is a vehicle to show the Hero’s/Protagonist’s transformation.  Go into scene whenever you want to show us what your protagonist is made of.

In real life, if someone says “I’ve changed. Take my word for it.”  . . .  wouldn’t you be thinking . . .  Hmm….    I’ll believe it when I see it.  Instead of telling us how your protagonist has grown, show us through scene, not through summaries.

Summary cannot spark the same emotional responses as a scene would . . . because summary either recaps what has happened or jumps over time in order to get to the next scene.

I recommend:

* Martha Engber’s book on how to write scenes
* Christopher Vogler’s book The Writer’s Journey (about Hero’s Journey and Archetypes)
* all books by Martha Alderson on plotting
* your rereading your favorite book and studying that author’s techniques

The fabulous authors in our class have mighty themes:

* make my own decisions and change my circumstances (author of YA science fiction)

* move on with my life in spite of unanswered questions and a broken heart (author of women’s fiction)

* speaking my truth transforms shame into courage and forgiveness (author of memoir)

* embracing my past and loving myself feed my spirit as well as my marriage’s spirit (Diana Lynn, author of women’s fiction)

Their readers will surely stick by their protagonists and be there at the end of the book.

Cheering for YOU!









Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan

on behalf of

“For Theme’s Sake” teachers Teresa LeYung-Ryan & Mary E. Knippel

May 2, 2015 Teresa LeYung-Ryan ( Build Your Writer’s Platform & Fanbase In 22 Days – workbook; Love Made of Heart: a Daughter, a Mother, a Journey Through Mental Illness – novel) celebrates Independent Bookstore Day / California Bookstore Day  with other local authors at Laurel Book Store, Oakland, CA  and

Saturday June 6
Teresa LeYung-Ryan (Fanbase-Building Coach and “Immigrant Experience Writing Contest” sponsor) joins California Writers Club colleagues for Writing Contest Awards Ceremony and Writers Helping Writers Through Mentoring;

June 13, 2015  for Authors Day

June 6 and June 13, 2015  at Literary Stage, Fine Arts Galleria, San Mateo County Fair (Cheers to Bardi Rosman Koodrin, Boris Koodrin, Laurel Anne Hill, David Hirzel, Margie Yee Webb, Wini McCaffrey, et al)





Look for fun events at the 2013 Literary Arts Stage, Fine Arts Galleria (area #4 on Fair Map), Expo Hall, at the San Mateo County Fair, San Mateo, CA  General Info on the San Mateo County Fair

Bardi Rosman KoodrinLiterary Director

Bardi Rosman Koodrin

Literary Events Schedule June 8-15, 2013


Events hosted by the SF/Peninsula Branch of the California Writers Club 
Click to download street map of the area  Look for space #4 which is Fine Arts Galleria in the building on right side of this map; once you’re in the Fine Arts Galleria, look for the Literary Arts stage and California Writers Club members!

Saturday, June 8, 2013

  • 12-1pm – Carry the Light anthology book sale
  • 12:30pm – Copus, a spoken word rap/jazz/fusion band
  • 1-2pm – Welcome Supervisors Warren Slocum and Carole Groom as they announce the first ever San Mateo County Poet Laureate opportunity — a  2-year appointed position for a poet living and creating in San Mateo County! We’ll celebrate with poetry readings and more music from Copus
  • 2-3:30pm – Carry the Light anthology launch and gigantic autograph party - Learn More
  • 4:00-5:00pm – “Editing Your Writing” workshop with Bay Area Writing Coach Teresa LeYung-RyanLearn More
  • 5-6:45pm – Carry the Light Winners’ Circle: first place contest winners (including Margaret Davis, Sue Barizon, Maria Elena Barr, Bernadine Fornesi) will present their submissions - Learn More

Sunday, June 9, 2013

  • 2-3pm – E-Book Workshop Panel moderated by Laurel Anne Hill with Beth Barany, Sandra Saidak, Troy Paiva, and Max Tomlinson - Learn More
  • 3-4pm – Sand Hill Review Press: Why We Write with Tory Hartmann, Marty Sorensen, Jim Hanna, Lisa Meltzer Penn, Mary Burns, and Elise Frances Miller - Learn More
  • 4-5pm – “Pitching and Query Letters” panel with Laurel Anne Hill, Beth Barany, Teresa LeYung-Ryan, Tory Hartmann, and Audrey Kalman - Learn More
  • 5-6pm – First Page Writing Evaluation Sessions: Bring your first page of story or novel for expert critique – Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan, Laurel Anne Hill, Tory Hartmann, and Audrey Kalman.  NOTE: those who attend Coach Teresa’s Saturday June 8, 4:00pm “Editing Your Writing” workshop will go to the top of the sign-up sheet! Learn More
  • 6-7pm – Carry the Light Winners’ Circle: contest winners will present their submissions - Learn More

 Monday, June 10, 2013

2-3pm Laurel Anne Hill: Build  Your Own  Space Alien (A craft project  for children of  all ages)

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

2-3:30pm  Writer’s Journey Workshop:  Darlene Frank

4-5:00pm Wise Women Elder Poets Panel: Jo Carpignano, Ida J. Lewenstein, Ollie Welch. Host: Darlene Frank

5-6:00pm  Three Short Plays –  by Ollie May Trost Welch, Dave Hirzel, Teresa LeYung-Ryan. Host:  Darlene Frank

6-7:00pm  David Hirzel book launch –  Hold Fast

7-8:00pm  Gus Tjaard book  event – Wind  Jamming to China

Wednesday June 12, 2013 – Fault Zone Anthology Reading

7-9pm – Literary Stage in The Fine Arts Galleria, Expo Hall - click here for more details
Fault Zone Authors
Watch The Fault Zone Video

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Frank A Saunders
David Hirzel
Pacifica Poetry
6:30-7pm - Anna Boothe presents: Job Hunting That Works!

Friday, June 14, 2013
Author Presentation by Cheryl & Ellis Levinson
Author Presentation by Minauti Dave, Len Hodgeman & Lois Young

Saturday, June 15, 2013

1-2pm Author Presentation by Ines Villafane-Leon - Learn More
2-4pm Author Book Day Signing - Learn More  line-up of authors below
4-5pm How to Podcast & Create Book Trailers - Learn More
5-6pm Let’s Talk Steampunk! Writing Workshop by Laurel Anne Hill - Learn More

Saturday June 15, 2013, 2:00 to 4:00 pm –  Chat with Bay Area Authors

They’ll gladly sign your book purchases for you! The Literary Stage in the Fine Arts Galleria, Expo Hall.

Audrey Kalman (PDF Bio)
Cheryl & Ellis Levinson (PDF Bio)
David Hirzel (PDF Bio)
Emerian Rich (PDF Bio)
Ezra Barany (PDF Bio)
Frank Saunders (PDF Bio)
Ines Villafane (PDF Bio)
Jon Cory (PDF Bio)
Latoya Ward (PDF Bio)
Lauren Anne Hill (PDF Bio)
Len Hodgeman (PDF Bio)
Lois Young (PDF Bio)
Mary Burns (PDF Bio)
Max Tomlinson (PDF Bio)
Minauti Dave (PDF Bio)
Sumiko Saulson (PDF Bio)
Tina Gibson (PDF Bio)
Virigina Thompson (PDF Bio)
Winifred McCaffrey (PDF Bio)

Bardi Rosman Koodrin Interview with Arts In the Valley - Listen Here

Meet The Writers Behind Our Sponsored Contests:

Teresa LeYung-Ryan (bio)
Frank Kahren (bio)
Laurel Anne Hill (bio)

100 Artists for Literacy Benefit - View More Info

How to Submit and Entry into a Literary Contest - View Here

Download the complete Literary Arts Galleria Book - Download Here

Phillip’s Wild African Predators and Prey - Click For More Info




Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan

author of:

Build Your Writer’s Platform & Fanbase In 22 Days: Attract Agents, Editors, Publishers, Readers, and Media Attention NOW (the workbook)

Love Made of Heart (the mother-daughter novel used in college composition classes; book is archived at the San Francisco History Center)

Answer Me Now  (the award-winning short play)

and speeches advocating mental health and end violence against women and children

Click here for a list of Coach Teresa’s event.  for more resources.

Coach Teresa says: “Wear the dual hats of writer and promoter. Reach out, not stress out.”

Coach Teresa’s Third Year Sponsoring “The Immigrant Experience” Writing Contest

I remember feeling hopeful when I entered the first five pages of my novel to the Jack London Writers Conference Writing Contest 1997 and the thrill when I heard my name announced as a winner. That recognition gave me confidence when I wrote query letters to literary agents. That manuscript became Love Made of Heart (published in October 2002).

So, when Bardi Rosman Koodrin (Literary Director of the Fine Arts Galleria at San Mateo County Fair) asked me to sponsor a writing contest, I had to say “Yes!”

Other sponsors said “Yes!” too.  For information about all the contests, please click on the headline below for my March 7, 2013 post:

Writing Contests – Novel, Memoir, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Short Story, Mystery, Essay, Poetry, Monologue, Children’s Novel, and More !

The deadline for all literary contests, including the NDNU scholarship opportunity as well as the two book cover art contests, is Monday April 1, 2013 at 5:00pm California time, no exceptions. $10 per entry.

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Sponsored by writing coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan
Author of Love Made of Heart  (novel)
Build Your Writer’s Platform & Fanbase in 22 Days (workbook)
1st Place $100 Rosette
2nd Place $50 Rosette
  3rd Place $25 Rosette
 This contest is to honor immigrants who triumph over stigmas and injustice. Your entry could be a firsthand account or a retelling of someone else’s experience. Please study your genre by re-reading your favorite author’s works.
 Submit first 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.
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Thank you, Bardi Rosman Koodrin, all sponsors, members of California Writers Club, and, of course the folks at San Mateo County Fair! Good luck to all contestants!

Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan cheering for you!

Writing Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan cares about helping fiction and nonfiction writers build their platforms and work on their craft simultaneously with ease.  She says: “Wear the dual hats as promoter and writer and be happily published. Reach out, not stress out, to materialize your dearest dreams.”



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