Heather McGowan is the author of the novel Schooling (Doubleday/Faber UK), which was a Newsweek, Detroit Free Press and Hartford Courant Best Book of the Year and included in the volume 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die, edited by Peter Boxall. Her second novel Duchess of Nothing (Bloomsbury/Faber UK) was published in 2006. Montrachet, a limited edition collaboration with visual artist Liam Gillick also appeared in 2006. Tadpole, her original screenplay, was directed by Gary Winick and starred Sigourney Weaver. The film won Best Director at Sundance in 2002 and was subsequently released by Miramax. She has taught at Columbia University and The Screenwriting Colony in Nantucket. Fellowships include the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Yaddo and the MacDowell Colony.