Writer in Residence - High School Edition!

Our MFA in Residence program started this spring, with GMU Nonfiction master’s candidate Allison Tunstall in residence at the book store helping us out with events, blog posts, and her own staff picks. Now, we’re thrilled to welcome our first high school writer in residence, Klare Murray!

My name is Klare Murray, and I’m an 18-year-old book lover and lifelong resident of Alexandria. I’m interning at Old Town Books for my high school senior experience program and am so excited to be here!

I’ve been a reader my whole life. Books are very important to me—I love words and literature and storytelling with my whole heart, and I’ve always felt at peace in a bookstore. I started telling stories when I was a toddler and writing them down when I was about five years old. Ever since then, I’ve aimed for a career as an author. 

I graduate from T.C. Williams High School this June, and will take a gap year before starting my English major at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma. I plan on using the next year to read as many books as possible and focus on my writing. I’m pretty knowledgeable about Young Adult (YA) literature, but over the past few years I’ve gained a greater interest in reading from every genre to broaden my literary horizons and hone my own craft. My senior internship this year runs every weekday from the last two weeks of May through the first week of June. I’ll expanding the YA section and assisting with events, as well as doing anything else to gain experience and help out the store. 

Other than books, my interests include coffee, octopuses, and in-depth analyses of Pixar. I can be found on Instagram @klaramel.macchiato.