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Heather Montgomery

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Heather L. Montgomery writes for kids who are wild about animals. Her subjects range from snail tongues to snake lungs. An award-winning educator, Heather uses yuck appeal to engage young minds. She has a B.S. in biology and an M.S. in environmental education.

Since joining SCBWI, Heather has published 15 nonfiction books. Recent titles include: Bugs Don’t Hug: Six-Legged Parents and Their Kids (Charlesbridge), Little Monsters of the Ocean: Metamorphosis Under the Waves (Millbrook Press), and Something Rotten: A Fresh Look at Roadkill (Bloomsbury), which is an NCTE Orbis Pictus Recommended Book, a Junior Library Guild Selection, and a VOYA Nonfiction Honor Award Winner.

Heather credits her knowledge of the industry to SCBWI. She has been a Local Liaison, the Assistant Regional Advisor, and (currently) the PAL coordinator. During volunteer duties for Southern Breeze, Heather met the distinguished agent Rubin Pfeffer who now represents her work.

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What’s The Big Idea? Nonfiction Structures That Sell: How do you turn fun facts into a sellable manuscript? During this session, we will look at how studying structure of published factual books will improve your writing process for either narrative or expository nonfiction. In preparation for the session, have at least five nonfiction children’s books (that you have read) and a pack of Post-it notes on hand. You will be using those during the session (the more diverse the books, the better).


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