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​​​Author School and Library Visits


Melissa Hart offers school and library author visits that invite participants along on her journey to becoming a professional author, and inspire writers of all ages to start publishing now. 


"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,   asking questions about birds of prey and about being an author. Melissa shared  motivational writing tips, and  now my students are begging me to write."
- Debbie Knapp, Two Rivers Elementary School




Author Appearances



July 2, 2019

"10 Tips for Integrating Diversity into your Middle-Grade & Young Adult Fiction"

Summer Professional Series Talk

Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators

New York City


August 2-3, 2019

"10 Tips for Integrating Diversity into your Middle-Grade & Young Adult Fiction" and

"Personal Essays for Platform and Profit"

Willamette Writers Conference

Portland, OR


August 3, 2019

Reading and Signing

Maggie Mae's Kids Bookshop


September 14, 2019

"How Women Writers Can Change the World"

San Francisco Writing for Change Conference



May 17th, 6-8 PM
"Better with Books: How to Use Children's and Young Adult Novels for Social Justice"

Eugene Waldorf School
Eugene, ORApril 6th, 2019
Featured Guest Speaker
Oregon Battle of the Books State Competition
Chemeketa College
Salem, OR

April 19th, 2019
"Open Books, Open Minds: Building a Teen Collection to Answer Difficult Questions & Ignite Empathy"
Vancouver, WA

April 24, 2019
Book Launch for Better with Books
Powell's Books
Portland, OR

April 27, 2019
"Healthy & Happy Kids" Event with Ruby McConnell and Mary DeMocker
Tsunami Books
Eugene, OR

May 3, 2019
"The Art of the Short Humorous Essay"
Curry Public Library
Gold Beach, OR

May 6, 2019
Book Launch for Better with Books
Third Place Books  Seward Park
Seattle, WA


March 30, 2019
"Walk in their Shoes: Children's and Young Adult Novels to Cultivate Empathy" with Carrie Mac, Brian Tashima, and Carmen T. Bernier-Grande
AWP Conference
Portland, OR


January 25-26, 2019

American Library Association Winter Meeting and Exhibits

Seattle, WA


November 17, 2018

Audubon Society of Portland Wild Arts Festival

Portland, OR


​August 9, 2018

"How to Create Dynamic, Complex Characters in Children's and Young Adult Fiction." 

Eugene Kid Lit

​Eugene, OR​​


July 14, 2018

Mentor at SCBWI Great Critique

Portland, OR


March 7-10, 2018

"Disability in Children's Literature: Not an Anomaly; an Imperative"--AWP Conference, Tampa, FL.


October 7, 2017

Oregon Council of Teachers of English Fall Conference

Wilsonville, OR


October 8, 2017

"Trailers, Tweets, and Snapshots: Social Media Outreach to Ensure a Robust Audience" for PNBA Fall Tradeshow

Portland, OR


August 4-5, 2017

Willamette Writers Conference

Portland, OR.


June 27, 2 PM EST

Shaping and Structuring a Memoir

Webinar for The Writer Magazine