Author to host writing workshop at Yokota Middle School
Yokota Middle School | .
published: March 17, 2017
From being chased by a bull, to being teased for wanting to start ballet, author Holly Thompson has an abundant amount of ideas up her sleeve to help her write a few more books. The award-winning writer will use some of that creativity to help student writers when she visits Yokota Middle School on March 23.
Raised in New England, and now a long-time Japan resident, Thompson has a Master’s Degree in English from New York University's Creative Writing Program and has published several young adult books to include the 2012 APALA Asian/Pacific American Literature Award-winning verse novel Orchards. Thompson’s upcoming visit will be her second trip to the Yokota Air Base middle school this year as she met with student writers on Feb. 13.
During the last visit, Thompson assigned a group of young writers from sixth through eighth grade to create and send her short stories. Thompson plans to then host a writer’s workshop to share her wealth of experience with the students in hopes of helping them become better writers. Thompson also will be signing books during the visit.
Thompson has raised a family in Japan, and said she never thought to be at where she is now. Thompson said as a sixth grader she started out much like other middle schoolers, unsure of herself, but she always had the dream to be a writer. That dream pushed her to start writing seriously in middle school. Thompson said she now dreams to be able to write funnier stories.
During her last visit to Yokota Middle, Thompson took questions from students. She said the books she enjoys are contemporary, historical fiction, and graphic novels. On the other hand, she is not a big fantasy or sci-fi reader. The reason for not appreciating fantasy or sci-fi may be because her novels start with past experiences. Her ideas or “seeds,” will grow, starting with her past experiences to make it into something at least semi-relatable to everyone. Her books are generally about Japanese student’s life.
Holly Thompson’s Published Works
• Falling into the Dragon’s Mouth
• The Language Inside
• Tomo: A Friendship Through Fiction – An Anthology of Japanese Teen Stories
• The Wakame Gatherers
• Several articles and essays