Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

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:

Holly Thompson ( is a native of Massachusetts and a longtime resident of Japan. She has a B.A. in biology and an M.A. (MFA equivalent) from New York University's Graduate Creative Writing Program. She presents at schools worldwide and teaches writing at Yokohama City University, Grub Street, 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); picture books Twilight Chant (Clarion, 2018), One Wave at a Time (Albert Whitman & Co., 2018) and The Wakame Gatherers (Shen’s/Lee&Low, 2007) and the novel Ash (Stone Bridge Press, 2001). She also compiled and edited the anthology Tomo: Friendship Through Fiction--An Anthology of Japan Teen Stories (Stone Bridge Press, 2012), proceeds from which aid teens in the Tohoku area of Japan hardest hit by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. Holly serves as co-Regional Advisor of SCBWI Japan. Visit her website at

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 kindergarten, elementary, middle school, high school and university, and to writing teachers and adult writers and readers. All presentations include lively interactive and hands-on components. She will gladly adapt presentations and workshops to fit a particular curriculum unit, teaching focus or education need. Some presentations are suited to shorter class periods; others work well in double periods. Holly is happy to travel internationally and 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 for details!