About MeEileen Holland was born in Victoria, British Columbia. She spent many childhood hours travelling, camping, hiking and skiing throughout the Pacific Northwest. + read more Her early memories involve many hours spent reading library books, wading through thousands of jellyfish at Foul Bay, exploring tidal pools at Shoal Bay, building trails in Goldstream Park with the Outdoor Club of Victoria, identifying shells, rocks, butterflies, bird, and mammals, crunching through drifts of autumn leaves, willing Victoria flurries to change to bona fide snow, and dreaming, dreaming, dreaming.

Eileen’s grade 7 and 9 teachers discovered her writing ability. Eileen completed her education degree at UVIC, majoring in language arts and library. In 1991, Eileen started noticing the elements that defined the best books her 3 and 6 year old children lugged home from the library, and started writing them herself. A finalist in the 2002 B.C. Festival of the Arts (Emerging Children's Writers), Eileen spent a week with 9 other writers learning writing skills from Andrea Spalding. Over the 33 years of her teaching career, Eileen became known as the writing teacher, especially at Coquitlam's Ranch Park Elementary, where she taught for 2 decades. Eileen was honoured by Coquitlam School District for years of teaching creative writing classes focused on social responsibility.

Eileen has had close to 50 magazine and newspaper articles published. She spent 3.5 years as Associate Western Editor of The Landowner magazine and was published in Letting Go: An Anthology of Loss and Survival. In 2014, while living in Nelson for 5 years when her husband became the chief of police, Eileen’s historic document The Story of the Nelson Public Library 1986 – 2013 was published. The chapter book, Sophie Trophy, a humorous classroom story for 7-10 year olds, will be coming out in Spring, 2019 (Crwth Press). Show Less

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    Literature Types
  • Chapter Books

Published WorksEileen Holland’s chapter book, Sophie Trophy, will be coming out in Spring, 2019. Sophie Trophy is the humorous story of a grade 3 student with a wild imagination that lands her in one pickle after another at school. When her friend’s spider escapes its bottle and lowers itself into her teacher’s hair, Sophie tries to warn her spider-skittish teacher while also trying to keep her buddy out of trouble. Everyone she cares about gets caught up in her whirlwind of damage control, causing big-hearted Sophie to take an inward look at her own actions.
Speaking InformationEileen would love to visit your school or library! As a former teacher for 33 years, she feels at home speaking to people of any age, but particularly + read more children. Eileen has done speaking presentations for children in schools, libraries, gifted programs, and at the Vancouver International Children’s Festival, as well as creative writing classes for teachers at pro-d days. Eileen discusses the qualities of a writer, the funny side of writing funny books, and the process involved in the creation of a book, from getting the idea right through to the finished book. She talks about her early love of books and writing, shows a book she created as a child, encourages children to read and write, and reads from her book. Eileen is a skilled storyteller, and reads with lively spirit.
Her presentations are 45 minutes, with a 15 minute question period. Group sizes vary according to the group or presentation venue. In a gym, groups of up to 90 students work well, as long as a microphone is provided. In a quieter location, such as a school library, 2 or 3 classes work well.
For a full day in a school, Eileen can make up to 4 presentations. For example, she could start with a half hour reading to a grade 1/2 class, followed by a book talk later in the morning. In the afternoon, she could do another book talk and a writers’ workshop, or two writers’ workshops, with the children putting pencil to paper on a dramatic or humorous theme, after an inspiring talk about what brings writing alive. Feel free to make suggestions that suit your school. As a career teacher, Eileen understands that every school is different.
Writing Workshop: Half a day in one class, or with a group of up to 20 gifted students.
Note: Kindergarten students should not be combined with older students for presentations. Inviting a local reporter to an author presentation is a great way to promote your school.
Please email Eileen if you have any questions.
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    I Will Travel To:
  • Vancouver
  • Coast
  • Lower Mainland
  • Gulf and Vancouver Islands
  • Thompson Okanagan
  • Northern British Columbia
  • Cariboo Chilcotin Coast
  • Kootenay Rockies
  • The Territories
  • Canada - beyond BC
  • USA
  • International

    I Present to Age Groups:
  • Primary School
  • Grades K-3
  • Grades 4-6
  • Grades 7-8
  • High School
  • College / University / Adult

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