Over 300 students and community members attended Catherine Gilbert Murdock’s presentation at Ridley High School on December 10, 2009. Here is Ms. Murdock with a slide of her Dairy Queen series, which includes Dairy Queen, The Off Season, and Front and Center:
Ms. Murdock shared stories about her writing process, how much she relies on her thesaurus, and what it’s like to have another famous writer in the family (her sister, Elizabeth Gilbert, wrote the phenomenal bestseller Eat, Pray, Love). When Ms. Murdock writes, she begins with the ending in mind so that her plot takes a clear path to a memorable last sentence. She also spoke about the steps involved in taking a story from a first draft to a published book, and how important book covers are for getting readers to pick up a book and give it a try. After her presentation, Ms. Murdock signed copies of her books for students and teachers:
Her talk gave our students many insights into the life of a published author, and we are most grateful to her for visiting our school! Thanks also to the Delaware County Literacy Council for their help with coordinating this memorable event.