I am Heather. I was born and raised in Southern California, but can’t admit this without insisting I spent a chunk of my teens in Colorado Springs. I earned my BA from Colorado College and spent a few semesters as a grad student at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks. I currently live in the Seattle area and, when I’m not writing, I teach composition, freelance edit and tutor, bemoan mild winters, and practice ballet in my kitchen. My debut novel, NOTHING LEFT TO BURN, will publish from Razorbill / Penguin in Spring 2018.
have over five years of tutoring experience (writing, college apps, etc.), both in college writing centers and privately (online and in-person). I LOVE helping students refine their skill sets, learn new tools, and help them craft the knock out essay they're capable of writing. More recently, I taught college composition (both freshmen and sophomore levels) at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks. As an instructor, I prided myself not only on teaching students how to write compelling academic essays, but also guiding them to discover their...
University of Alaska-Fairbanks, Teaching Assistant
2014 - 2016
• Taught English 111x: Introduction to Academic Writing and sophomore-level English 211x: Academic Writing About Literature: Growing Up During the Apocalypse—Trauma and Resilience in Young Adult Literature. Class sizes varied from 6 to 25 students.
• Designed every aspect of my courses, from the syllabus to the lesson plans and writing prompts. I held full responsibility for student evaluations. And, most importantly, developed a responsive learning environment and provided constructive feedback on student writing and communication.