Oct 06, 2022
Melissa Williams Murphy

Melissa M. Williams Murphy is a children’s author, the founder of the iWRITE Literacy Organization, and the Executive Director of The Bryan Museum. Melissa’s background in psychology has influenced the framework to her writing programs, giving students a voice and giving educators and parents the tools they need to create a positive association with writing.

She established iWRITE in 2009, after a year-long book tour where she heard elementary students ask her the same question over and over, “Can kids be authors too?” That question sparked the idea for the I Write Short Stories by Kids for Kids Annual Publishing Contest, now in its thirteenth year, giving students the opportunity to become published authors. 

Melissa has written and published twelve books for children ranging from the K to 6th grade level and presented to students in over 250 schools across Texas. She makes learning fun for kids while still aligning lessons with TEKS standards for Texas education. Her most recent creative writing program and curriculum revolves around the “i” The Guy cartoon character and writing mentor. The mascot appears in numerous iWRITE resources for teachers and students, including writing workbooks in English and Spanish, a Texas History journal, online curriculum, and television programming. Melissa is most excited for her next big project through iWRITE and The Bryan Museum, to publish 1,000 students in the largest published book in the world called, I Am Texas, and break the Guinness World Record in November 2022. She loves spending time with her husband, Matt, and two little boys, Jackson and Colton, in Houston, TX.