Connie Heckert - Writer
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Connie Heckert, an Iowa native, holds a Bachelor of Arts (cum laude) from Augustana College, a Master of Arts degree in English (Expository Writing) from the University of Iowa and is a January 2012 Candidate for the Master of Fine Arts degree in Writing for Children and Teens at Hamline University in St. Paul, MN.
She taught on the college level for more than 20 years for four institutions, including Augustana College and St. Ambrose University. Her published books include two for children (Dribbles, Clarion); two for teens (To Keera With Love, Sheed and Ward); a co-authored historical recipe hardcover (Roots and Recipes: Six Generations of Heartland Cookery, Pelican Publishing) and seven commissioned corporate pictorial histories (Alcoa, Mel Foster, Per Mar Security, and others).
Her work has been featured in The Writer, The Writer's Group Book (Chicago Press), Cricket Magazine and she's sold to Highlights for Children. Her features have been published in more than 200 newspapers and magazines. Connie frequently critiques manuscripts for aspiring writers,teaches for the Institute of Children's Literature, and serves as a judge for the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.
Entering the Queen Contest for the Greene County Fair wasn't my idea. I was waiting tables at Larry's Café by then, and Larry talked me into it. My talent was to sing "The Impossible Dream." My knees trembled and my voice shook, but it was exciting to be center stage on the grandstand singing at night to a crowd. That's me, third from the right.
Sometimes it takes lots of years to achieve a goal! The members of the Iowa Region of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators crowned me queen for ten years of service as Regional Advisor. Thank you, SCBWI and SCBWI-Iowa!
Additional biographical references are on the www.scbwi.org website under Regional Advisors and at Our Exceptional Instructors at http://www.institutechildrenslit.com/