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Holly Thompson

Instructor Consultant


About Holly

Holly Thompson is the author of the YA verse novels The Language Inside and Orchards, winner of the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature (both Delacorte/Random House), and the middle grade verse novel Falling into the Dragon's Mouth (Henry Holt). She is also author of the adult novel Ash (Stone Bridge Press), the picture books Listening to Trees: George Nakashima, Woodworker (Neal Porter Books, 2024), The Wakame Gatherers (Shen's/Lee and Low) Twilight Chant (Clarion), and One Wave at a Time (Albert Whitman). She compiled and edited Tomo: Friendship Through Fiction--An Anthology of Japan Teen Stories (Stone Bridge Press) to support teens in 2011 tsunami impacted areas of Tohoku. Originally from Massachusetts and a longtime resident of Japan, she studied biology then attended the NYU Graduate Creative Writing Program. An SCBWI Japan Regional Advisor Emeritus, Holly visits schools and offers workshops in the U.S., Japan and internationally, and teaches creative writing at Grub Street, Yokohama City University and U.C. Berkeley Extension.


  • Cultural Consulting
  • Essay
  • Novel
  • Poetry
  • Short Fiction
  • Translation
  • Young Adult & Children's Literature

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Consulting Services

  • Manuscript Review
  • Remote Sessions
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Rate: $100/hour