Melissa Hart

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of my teaching!



  I adore visiting classrooms and libraries. As a teacher,

  parent, and the author of the award-winning middle-

  grade novel Avenging the Owl (a 2018-19 Oregon

  Battle of the Books selection, I offer a variety of fun 

  and inspiring programs for kids K-12. Here's a sample

  of my workshop topics below; I'm also happy to create

  a program that best suits the needs of your kids.

Woman in black shirt hooting surrounded by first grade students in a classroom--they are also hooting.

Let's set up a visit! Email me at melissahartsmith(at)gmail(dot) com


  "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

  "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, Event Coordinator, Grassroots Books


  * How to use sensory details to bring writing to life

*  Write your story: kid & teen memoir

  *  How to create memorable characters in any genre 

  * All about owls (includes creative writing)

  * Narrative arc--use it to grab readers' attention!​

Upcoming Events

​  Panel Moderator for "Feral Turkeys & Dog     

  Poop Bags: No Subject is too Strange for     

  Creative Nonfiction" AWP Conference.       

  March 23-26, Philadelphia. 

  Write, Revise & Submit Short Memoir in a   

  Weekend. Wordcrafters in Eugene,  April 30-   

  May 1, Online.