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

Where’s the Electricity? is a powerful workbook and audio that contains my method of finding the energetic source behind your work: obsessions and themes. Light Gets In is a book about living well with mental illness. Find these, and other creations, 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.

If you make things for a living — if you write, dance, draw, paint, sculpt — it is likely that, despite what some may think, you work insanely hard.

polaroid with notepadAfter all, you’re not only honing your craft and exploring new frontiers; you’re also figuring out how to earn money while doing so. Whether you’re a self-proclaimed artist, creative, creative entrepreneur, or all of the above, your efforts to build a powerful body of work come with the demands of creating a life for yourself.

I know people like you. I also know that engaging in hard work, trying to avoid burnout, and including self-care is its own tricky balancing act. But I believe that robust creative legacies are made by people who aren't constantly trying to create with an empty tank. And because I also believe that legacy-building includes how we're remembered as people, I'm convinced that doing so includes creating art from a full heart.

I'm Esmé, founder of Esmé Weijun Wang Productions. I provide resources for creatives to develop mastery and resilience while building a legacy. I do this with a high value for compassionate excellence, as well as a sensitivity toward the need for emotional and physical health—including 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.

Learn more about my restorative journaling course, Rawness of Remembering; investigate the publications and fine 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.

I'm so glad to have you here. Welcome.

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