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Lekha Writing Center Franchises
Lekha is actively recruiting franchise partners who are passionate about writing, creativity, and education and can replicate the Lekha model in their own communities. New Lekha franchises can start by being operated in Parks and Recreation Centers, local schools, Education franchise opportunity franchisee’s homes, or other small spaces. Once established the franchisee can open a freestanding Lekha location.
The Lekha franchise model is easily duplicated with a low initial investment and low overhead. Franchise partners will be provided with our time-tested curriculum and tools for success to help them implement classes, camps, and workshops for children and teens. We are ready to share our expertise with our franchise partners so they too can share their love of writing with the students.
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Lekha publishes Writing Center students’ works in Adventures of the Imagination printed anthologies and on our online magazine, Young Wordsmiths.
On Saturday, October 19, Take Flight for Kids takes place 9:00am – 5:00pm at Reid Hillview Airport, San Jose. Free!
Join Lekha Ink at this fun, family event!
Admission is free when you sign up online!
At Lekha’s booth, we are hosting a writing contest with valuable prizes for young people in grades 2 – 12. We’re also offering a 10% discount on writing classes to those who sign up at the event.
Festival events include:
- Static aircraft displays
- Vintage and antique cars
- World’s fastest motorcycle “Ack Attack” on display
- Hands-on science, art, and do-it-yourself projects
- Demos from 200+ non-profit organizations and vendors
- Free “Young Eagle’s” flights for youth 8-17
- Live entertainment all day
Remember to sign up for free admission.
Excerpts from The Kirkus Review of The Dragon Carousel:
“Written and illustrated by an 11-year-old girl, this children’s book tells the wonderful tale of a little girl in San Francisco who must attend a new school and leave old friends behind.
Motherless Lily Chen lives in San Francisco near the wharf, and her father operates the Dragon Carousel in Golden Gate Park. When her father’s work schedule changes, it necessitates Lily attending a new school, Oakpark Elementary, and leaving her old friends behind. Feeling isolated and alone, she’s having a hard time adjusting […] It’ll be easy for most children to relate to Lily’s dilemma. Her background, the description of the Dragon Carousel, the problems encountered in the new school and the denouement are all beautifully detailed, resulting in a magical, powerful message for young readers. In addition to the recently drawn new cover, the charming original cover and interior pages are also included. The artwork displays the author’s natural talent and terrific eye for detail, like cracks in a bowl or the springs of a mattress. An especially enchanting illustration depicts Lily standing with a lunch tray surrounded by three new girls, each dressed with delicious details, including platform shoes and sunglasses dangling from a handbag.
A true treasure from a very young author.”
Come Join the Fun!
Let’s Celebrate Yalda Alexandra’s First Book, “The Sassy Divas”
Saturday, April 27th 2:00pm – 4:00pm
Join us for a sassy afternoon:
- Meet and greet “The Sassy Divas” author, Yalda Alexandra Saii
- Enjoy complimentary sweets, snacks and beverages
- Receive a surprise gift!
1108 N. Mathilda Avenue
Sunnyvale, CA 94089
RSVP required by April 19th.
Guests are welcome; please include them in your RSVP. This is a family-friendly event.
Dress to impress. Wear your sassy best!
Order your copy today.
Have it signed at the party!
“A bossy middle school fashionista feels threatened by the new girl in Saii’s YA novel.
Vanessa Pocker and her friends Chelsea, Adrienne and Katie are the richest of the rich in their Santa Monica, Calif., middle school, and they comprise the Sassy Divas. Vanessa leads the pack and dictates whom the divas are allowed to talk to, what they’re allowed to wear and how they conduct themselves in public. Vanessa is so domineering that it’s a miracle she has any friends at all. Had Saii endowed her with an ounce of kindness, the loyalty of her minions might be more understandable. Vanessa’s militant nature finally alienates Katie, the diva who is too much of a bookworm, according to Vanessa. Katie befriends Flo, who’s on the Sassy Diva “do not speak to” list (Flo had once refused to hold Vanessa’s purse). Excommunicated from the Sassy Divas, Katie befriends the new girl at the school, Quinn. This infuriates Vanessa, and she declares war. A power play ensues among the adversarial lip-glossed sets, with Vanessa, Chelsea and Adrienne on one side and Katie, Quinn and Flo on the other. Vanessa turns to guy friend Ryan, who offers the only voice of reason when he admonishes her for obsessing over trivialities, such as revenge and makeovers, when there are starving children in the world. He seems to be nothing more than Vanessa’s sounding board, and it’s unclear what he gets out of the relationship. At least Vanessa buys clothes and makeup for her divas, on occasion. Mired in trendy youngster lingo, Saii’s tale accurately depicts girls’ power plays and the alienation that can result from simply owning jeans without a designer label. Fashion, gossip, popularity and shopping define these characters, and any threat of competition is cause for war. Vanessa’s parents rarely make appearances, except for a poignant scene when Vanessa’s mother engages her daughter in a heart-to-heart about her selfish behavior. It’s a relief to finally hear the mother speak and lead the story to an ending marked with humor and depth. Saii’s literary chops are inconsistently displayed and improve toward the conclusion. Although the average middle school girl may not wear Jimmy Choos or form private elitist groups, young readers might find themselves curious about these affluent trendsetters. At least Vanessa learns her lesson, which raises the novel a notch above teenybopper fluff.
A swift fable about navigating the perils of middle school.”
Lekha publishes The Sassy Divas by Yalda Alexandra Saii and The Dragon Carousel by Novella Genelza.
Lekha publishes Comida Deliciosa y Saludable: Barriga Feliz! by Sanjana Rao. Lekha created an online magazine, Young Wordsmiths, to publish student authors’ online.
Lekha published A Journey in Time, the first solo novel by Tyler Sadoff.
Lekha publishes its first student anthology, Adventures of the Imagination, 2006-2008.
Tyler Sadoff wrote his first draft of A Journey in Time as a Lekha Writing Center student.
Lekha began as an experiment when a friend asked Jyoti to teach her child to write. The first class included six children in grades 2-6. In two weeks, each wrote a story and created a book.