Up and Coming Award Winner 2016 – Heidi Schulz

Schulz’s debut novel is a rollicking page-turner that’s more than just an action-packed adventure.” —School Library Journal

Congratulations, Heidi Schulz!

One could say that Heidi Schulz has already up and come. With her first book published by Disney, praised by critics, and included in the Oregon Battle of the Books for the school year 2016-17; her second book called a “deliciously witty, delightfully inventive, devilishly fun adventure…” (Anne Ursu, The Real Boy), and her third (a picture book titled Giraffes Ruin Everything!) soon to be released, it could be that Heidi already went.

BHOOK'S REVENGE cover by Heidi Schulz, Up and Coming Award Winner 2016ut the Willamette Writers board decided there is far more that Heidi could accomplish, so we’re waiting for her to up and come even more. Beyond her writing skills and talents, she’s honest and willing to share her experiences and knowledge with anyone she meets. She’s excited to interact with kids of all ages (including me!) and graciously accepted this award with much excitement! We look forward to seeing her at the Awards Banquet at the Willamette Writers Conference in August.

From her bio:

Heidi Schulz, Up and Coming Award Winner 2016, Photo credit Stefani ChabotNew York Times Bestselling author Heidi Schulz is a writer, reader, and giraffe suspicioner. She lives in Salem, Oregon with her husband, co-captaining a crew made of their teen daughter, four hermit crabs, and a terrible little dog. Her debut novel for middle grade readers, Hook’s Revenge, published by Disney•Hyperion, was a Bank Street Best book, among the New York Public Library’s Top 100 Titles for Children in 2014, and an OCTE Oregon Spirit Honor Book. A sequel, Hook’s Revenge: The Pirate Code, was published in September 2015. Bloomsbury Kids will publish her picture book debut, Giraffes Ruin Everything, in August. For more information, visit Heidi’s website.


The Up and Coming Award is a recently established Annual Award from Willamette Writers. In an effort to acknowledge a writer at every stage in his or her career, it completes the triad that also includes the Distinguished Northwest Writer Award and the Lifetime Achievement Award. We hope to see Heidi back again at the conference for the next stage of her writing career!

The winners of the Annual Awards are chosen by the Willamette Writers Board each spring. The 2016 award winners will be honored during an Awards Event at the Willamette Writers Conference on August 13th, 2016. For more information, and to purchase tickets, contact wilwrite[at]willamettewriters[dot]org or (503) 305-6729.

Jenny Schrader

Jenny Schrader

Jenny writes Young Adult novels, operates her urban mini-farm, has a passion for knitting, and works for a renown glass artist.