春FUN Program Spotlight - Writing
By Global Learning Coordinator Julie Farrell
Week One of 春FUN is in the books! And speaking of books…
Our 7th and 8th graders honed their creative writing skills this week with Fan Wu, a Bay Area-based author, mother, and yet another multi-talented member of the 春FUN teaching team.
Born and raised in China, Fan came to the US at 23 for graduate studies at Stanford University. She worked in tech companies for nearly a decade before devoting herself fully to writing. Fan’s first novel, February Flowers, has been translated into ten languages. Her second novel, Beautiful as Yesterday, was praised by Amy Tan as “a story with intelligence, insight and heart.” Fan is a Pushcart Prize nominee with short stories published in Granta, Ploughshares, and many other leading publications.
In addition to writing fiction, Fan reviews books for the San Francisco Chronicle and has her own literary consultancy company. She is also an executive at two charitable organizations—Mothers’ Bridge of Love, which supports children in rural China, and The Society of Heart’s Delight, which promotes interracial conversation. On top of all this wonderful work, Fan is now leading a custom Mandarin writing workshop for our students, meeting with each cohort for three sessions throughout our two-week course.
Fan views writing as a powerful tool to express thoughts and emotions, and delights in the nuances of writing in a second language. She shares: “I love being with your students, who are inquisitive and open-minded, and I was impressed by their Chinese and their motivation to learn. I look forward to yet another wonderful week ahead.”