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Delightful School Visits

April 20, 2015 in Blog, My Country Tis of Thee by Annette

This winter I had the wonderful opportunity to visit many schools in the Pacific Northwest. There is nothing better for an author than to meet the readers of her books. These students were so engage and thoughtful and really care about our world today. They sang My Country Tis of Thee verse, pretended to turn into a wild animal in Alaska, and debated about a woman’s right to vote. We also talked about life in the Northland during the gold rush, how the children went to a one-room schoolhouse and panned for gold during recess. I loved very minute of
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Presentations and Recommendations

November 3, 2012 in Writer's Workshop by Claire Rudolf Murphy

I enjoy presenting to students, teachers, librarians, parents, and writers of any age and look forward to the possibility of visiting your school, library, or conference sometime soon. Since my books cover a wide range of reading levels, I can tailor my presentations to the interests of students, grades K-12. I also enjoy giving workshops for teachers, librarians, parents, and college students. Additional school visit information packet is available upon request. “Collaboration with writers of any age can be very powerful. What we professional writers do is what student writers can do, too – discover our voices, write about what
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My Country Tis of Thee book launch party at Aunties

June 11, 2014 in Blog by Annette

My latest book My Country Tis of Thee: How One Song Tells the Story of Civil Rights, illustrated by Bryan Collier, was released June 3rd, and we held a launch party at Aunties’ Bookstore in Spokane to celebrate. I read the text accompanied by recordings of the historic new verses by the Eastern Washington University Mixed Choir and the Spokane Area Youth Choirs directed by Kristina Ploeger. Afterwards the crowd sang new lyrics submitted by local students. One 6th grade student from Madison Elementary, along with her teacher Patty Driscoll and music teacher Dori Nielson, joined me up front when
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‘My Writing Process’ Blog Tour

June 10, 2014 in Blog by Annette

My friend Kelly Milner Halls recently participated in the Writing Process Blog Tour and asked children’s poet laureate Kenn Nesbitt and me to join her on the tour, answering a few questions about our writing process. I invited faculty writer Swati Avashti and alum Tamera Will Wissinger, members of the Hamline University MFAC community, to follow me on this blog tour. Next week you can read about what they are working on and how and why they write what they do. Blog Tour Links: Kelly Milner Halls’ writing process Ken Nesbitt’s writing process  THE QUESTIONS: What am I currently working on? I usually
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Book Party at Aunties

May 29, 2014 in Blog by Annette

My latest book, My Country Tis of Thee, launches June 3. To celebrate, Aunties Bookstore in Downtown Spokane is hosting a book party. Saturday, June 7 at 4pm Auntie’s Bookstore at 402 W Main Ave, Spokane WA. I have invited local choirs to come perform music from the book, and prizes will be awarded to participants who write their own lyrics to ‘My Country ‘Tis of Thee.’ RSVP at the Facebook event page. I hope to see my friends from Eastern Washington there!

Welcome

May 4, 2014 in Featured Slider by Claire Rudolf Murphy

I hope you’ll enjoy learning about my books, tips for writing, and my writing life. My passion for history and the stories of outsiders has taken me on this amazing journey. Check out my new blog post.

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Listen Now: My Country Tis of Thee Music Project

April 27, 2014 in Featured Slider, Music Project by Annette

Choirs of all ages and abilities are invited to participate in the Music Project by singing and recording their own versions of My Country, Tis of Thee at school and in their communities. Inspired by the book by Claire Rudolf Murphy, My Country Tis of Thee Music Project presents recordings of the every version of the song presented in the book. This exciting project brings to life the many different versions of the hymn that have been sung throughout history. Press play below to listen to the EWU and Spokane Area Youth choirs sing selections from my book, My Country Tis
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