About

Your legacy is based in your life and work. Be conscious of the legacy you’re creating; next, build strong foundations in order to anchor that legacy in place. I work as a writer, speaker, and mental health advocate who leads conversations about what we leave behind.

Speaking

Whether I’m speaking to a room of well-published writers, to ten consumers at a mental health clinic, or to thousands of quirky folks working to change the world, my message is not just about my personal story, but about everyone’s story: there is nothing broken about us.

Shop

Described as required reading for anyone looking to live “with more compassion, empathy and understanding,” Light Gets In is an ebook and audiobook based in a personal story about living well with mental illness. Find this, and other creations — including fine art prints — in the store.

Journal

In addition to publishing work in places such as Salon, Jezebel, and The Toast, I also write online in the Journal about legacy-building, the writing life, and living well with chronic illness and schizoaffective disorder. Each piece is accompanied by an audio recording.
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Do you believe in building a creative legacy sustainably, and with resilience? I do. & I want to help you make your best work.

I believe that robust legacies are made by people who aren't constantly burning out and creating with an empty tank. And because I also believe that legacy-building includes how we're remembered as people, a powerfully elegant legacy includes creating art with a full heart.

I'm Esmé, founder of Esmé Weijun Wang Productions.

polaroid with notepadI’m also a freelance writer for publications such as Salon and The Toast, received my MFA from the University of Michigan’s top-ranking Creative Writing program, and have been awarded the Sudler Award, Hopwood Award, and the Elizabeth George Foundation Grant; I’ve been selected for writing residencies at Hedgebrook and the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts. I’m currently writing an essay collection titled The Collected Schizophrenias. In the past, I've studied Studio Art at Yale and the California College of the Arts.

Here at Esmé Weijun Wang Productions, I offer tools to feed your creativity and programs to build resilience so that you can best do what you do best. I also deliver talks at conferences, organizations, and schools about rewriting our narratives of brokenness.

And if you delight in discovering a previously unknown, but perfect, word; believe in compassionate excellence; are charting unknown territories with your work; adore enthusiastic conversations with passion-driven people — well, then, you've already got a special place in my literature-lovin' heart.

Learn more about my restorative journaling course, Rawness of Remembering; investigate the publications and art in my shop; and have a sit-down with some good ol'-fashioned reading material at the Journal. You can also learn more about me here.