Speaker Profile - Holly Thompson

Translator, and Writer

Region: Japan
Age Levels: 5-10, 11-13, and 14-17
Will Travel: Anywhere in the world
Skype Visit: Yes
SCBWI Profile: Member Profile
Speaker Email: http://www.hatbooks.com/contact.htm


Holly Thompson (www.hatbooks.com and http://hatbooks.blogspot.com) is a native of Massachusetts and a longtime resident of Japan. She has an M.A. from New York University’s Graduate Creative Writing Program and teaches at Yokohama City University, Grub Street Creative Writing Center, and U.C. Berkeley Extension. She is author of the middle-grade verse novel Falling Into the Dragon’s Mouth (Henry Holt 2016), the young adult verse novels The Language Inside (Delacorte/Random House 2013) and Orchards (Delacorte/Random House, 2011), the picture book Twilight Chant (forthcoming from Clarion), the picture book The Wakame Gatherers (Shen’s/Lee&Low, 2007) and the novel Ash (Stone Bridge Press, 2001). She edited the anthology Tomo: Friendship Through Fiction–An Anthology of Japan Teen Stories (Stone Bridge Press, 2012). Holly teaches writing at Yokohama City University, U.C. Berkeley Extension, Grub Street Boston, and as a guest writer in schools worldwide. She serves as co-Regional Advisor of SCBWI Japan.

Presentation Description:

Holly has presented, delivered keynotes and led writing workshops at conferences, schools and universities in the U.S., Japan, Korea, Cambodia, India, China, Australia, Vietnam, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand and Mongolia. She is happy to present to students from elementary grades through university, to writing teachers, and to adult writers and readers. All presentations include lively interactive and hands-on components. She will gladly combine presentations and adapt them to fit a particular curriculum unit, teaching focus or specific workshop need. Some presentations are suited to shorter class periods; others work well in double periods. Holly will also work with schools or writing programs for half-day or full-day intensives, and in residencies of two to five days.

Holly also does classroom and bookgroup Skype visits.

Visit www.hatbooks.com for details!