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Past Events

March 21st, 2017
Windfall Reading Series, Lane Literary Guild
Eugene, OR. 5:30-7 PM.

February 16-20, 2017
Presenter, San Francisco Writers Conference
San Francisco, CA. Schedule TBA.

February 2-March 23, 2017
"Writing to Promote Marginalized Voices"'
Wordcrafters in Eugene

Eugene, OR. 7:30-9:00 PM.November 19th, 2016--Wild Arts Festival Book Fair. Portland, OR. Noon-4 PM. 

October 29th, 2016--"Raptors Rule! & Creative Writing for Young Writers." Writers & Books, Rochester, NY. 1-2 PM. 

October 1st, 2016--"Sweet and Greet Party." PNBA Fall Tradeshow. Tacoma, WA, 8-10 PM.

September 20-November 8--"Write Personal Essays for Newspapers and Magazines." Wordcrafters in Eugene. Eugene, OR. 6-8 PM, 7 week workshop.

September 17th, 2016--Raptors Rule! Slideshow w/ Owl Pellet Dissection, Edmonds Bookshop, Edmonds, WA, noon.

September 15th, 2016--Raptors Rule! Slideshow w/ Owl Pellet Dissection, Ravenna Third Place Books, Seattle, 7-8:00 PM.

August 13th, 2016--"Political/Social Commentary that Newspapers Love to Publish"--Willamette Writers Conference, Portland, OR. 8:30-10:00 AM.

June 6, 2016--"Raptors Rule" Presentation with owl pellet dissection. Grassroots Books & Music, Corvallis, OR. 4 PM. Perfect for families!

May 4th, 2016--Reading with middle-grade author Bart King, Powell's Books Cedar Hills Crossing, Beaverton, 7 PM.

March 30-April 2nd, 2016--"Making Privileged Knowledge Public: Science in Creative Nonfiction"--AWP Conference, Los Angeles, CA.

March 5th, 2016--"Let Your Truth Inspire Your Fiction"--Wordcrafters Festival, Eugene, OR.  

February 26-28, 2016--Writer Island, Orcas Island, WA, with Ana Maria Spagna.

January 8-17--"Craft of Nonfiction," MFA Residency, Northwest Institute of Literary Arts. 

November 13, 2015--Reading with Miriam Gershow and Chris Scofield. Tsunami Books, Eugene, OR. 7 PM. 

September 13, 2015-Crazy 8s Author Tour, Eugene Public Library, OR, 3 PM. 

August 17, 2015--Memoir Writing Workshop, Writers on the River, Corvallis, OR, 6:30.

August 7, 2015--"Write and Publish Your Book-Length Memoir," Willamette Writers Conference, Part I at 1:30 & Part 2 at 3:30 PM.

July 25th and 26th, 2015--"Heal Yourself Through Environmental Memoir," Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, Otis, Oregon, 10 AM-4 PM both days.

June 29th-August 7, 2015--"Feature Writing for Magazines and Newspapers," Whidbey Writers Workshop Post-MFA Course, 6-week class online.

May 8th, 2015--Panel with Diana Abu-Jaber, 2015 CSWS Northwest Women Writers Symposium, University of Oregon,  2:30-4:15 PM.

April 10th, 2015--"But Seriously . . . Is It Time for More Humor in Environmental Writing?" AWP Conference, Minneapolis, 4:30-5:45 PM (panel with Ana Maria Spagna, David Gessner, and Jennifer Sahn)

February 21, 2015--"Writing About Animals in the Age of Extinction" workshop for Spring Creek Project, and reading at Grassroots Books with Elena Passarello, Corvallis, OR.  (Time TBA)

January 17th, 2015--Featured Author for Writers on the Edge, Nye Beach Writers Series, Newport Beach, OR, 7 PM.

October 4th, 2o14--Keynote and writing workshop at Claim Your Story Writing Conference, Ashland, OR.

September 26th, 2014--Nightcapper Autographing Party, Pacific Northwest Booksellers Fall Tradeshow, Tacoma, WA, 8:30-10 PM.

February 13-14--Keynote and "Write and Sell Memoir" at South Coast Writers Conference, Gold Beach, OR. 


August 4-6, 2017

Willamette Writers Conference

Portland, OR. Schedule TBA.


Summer 2017

"Write and Sell Personal Essays"

online course, dates TBA

April 19-May 24, 2017

"Mapping Your Memoir" workshop

Wordcrafters in Eugene, OR

Wednesdays, 6-8 PM

Upcoming Events

School Visits

Melissa Hart offers a variety of programs for students interested in science and/or writing. Download her informational brochure here.

"Melissa Hart's presentation is fun and engaging for both children and adults. Her knowledge of raptors and owls is impressive and her enthusiasm is infectious. The addition of an owl pellet dissection to her book reading makes for an exciting, hands-on author event."
-Mary Gold, Author Event Coordinator, Grassroots Books

"Melissa is an enthusiastic and dynamic presenter.  Her passion for owls and other birds of prey is contagious.  My students were engaged throughout the presentation, not only asking questions about birds of prey, but also many questions about being an author.  Melissa shared some motivational writing tips, and now my students are begging me to write."
- Debbie Knapp, Two Rivers Elementary School

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