Angels in Shipwrecks - Kaitlin Murphy-Knudsen

About Kaitlin
Kaitlin is a writer, editor, writing coach and educator with a background in secondary and post-secondary education. She began her career in communications as an intern in the literary affairs office at Paramount Pictures before working in circulation and editing for DALBAR, Inc. in the financial services industry. She moved on to book publishing and publicity at W.W. Norton, Inc. before pursuing her graduate degree in education. She taught writing and literature for ten years before working full-time as a writer and editor for former DC Public Schools' Chancellor Michelle Rhee and her education reform team.

Kaitlin Murphy, WriterWith experience teaching writing to students from first grade to adult, Kaitlin now splits her time between writing/editing and teaching/coaching. As a college writing instructor, Kaitlin mentors young writers making the transition from high school to college, and she works as a writing coach with individuals working on projects including memoirs, novels and PhDs. 
Kaitlin holds a bachelor's degree in Psychology from Columbia University and a master's in Secondary English Education from the New York University Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development. She lives in Tampa, Florida.


* 2nd Place Winner, Romeo Lemay Writing Contest, for "Heat" (fiction), Odet Journal, February 2017

* Honorable Mention, Writer's Digest 86th Annual Writing Competition, for "Hail Mary, Full of Grace (for Margaret)"

* Leaving Big Sky (Explore Big Sky/Big Sky Weekly)

* An Overdue Thank-You to My Dad, "My Turn": Newsweek

* Outlook, Post-Pentagon Depression (A Post 9-11 Runner Reflection), The Washington Post
[archived, pdf]

* Condé Nast Traveler, Deals of the Month, Lake Winnipesaukee, NH (January 2001, Archives)

"What it Takes to Fix Our Schools: Lessons Learned in Washington, D.C." Harvard Law & Policy Review  (co-written with Michelle Rhee, author and others)