My name is Esmé Weijun Wang. I am a writer of novels, essays, and articles, and I believe that the flotsam of life is made meaningful through storytelling: both the act of telling stories myself, and in collaborating with you to tell yours. Without storytelling, I believe that we become adrift, lonely, and lost; through the art of powerfully elegant writing, we can come again and again to shore.
My business is driven by compassionate excellence. Its guiding principle — the North Star by which I serve you — is of leaving our mark through writing.
Through my work, I serve those who believe in the compatibility of sincerity and profitable business. I stand beside communicators and entrepreneurs who have a vision for change, and use writing as a tool with which to share that vision. Such work is inspired by my business and life ethos — Leave your mark.
…as it applies to my Editing & Copyediting Services, which are directed at visionary entrepreneurs — visionaries who, as I do, dream of changing the world, and need to tell their stories with powerful elegance and clarity. I also offer structured support in the form of The Legacy Sessions, a high-impact, 1-on-1 service in which I dive deep into the book-writing process with a select number of entrepreneurs.
…as it applies to my ebook, Light Gets In, which has been described by PsychCentral editor Margarita Tartakovsky as “a must-read for anyone, as this beautiful book ultimately speaks to humanity and hope.”
…as it applies to my mental health advocacy. As a part of my advocacy work, I share my stories in my blog, also known as the Chronicles, and with permission, the stories of others, about mental health and illness. When people ask me why I write about mental health struggles, I tell them about the woman who wrote to say that she was contemplating suicide one night, spent the dark hours reading the Chronicles instead, and then decided that she was going to live. Storytelling about surviving, and thriving, with serious and chronic illnesses is both a balm and a call to action for everyone to live their best life, no matter the circumstance.
Stories are what rocket us into magnificence.
Your biggest strengths are storytelling, aesthetic reverence and a kind of curated compassion that is unparalleled. I’ve learned that we are the ‘More Story’ — not more than our stories, but that my story matters and I matter — in combination.” – Dyana Valentine, Oracle
AND NOW FOR A BIT OF LAGNIAPPE…
[Esmé's] blog is beautiful, smart, and thought-provoking.” – Gala Darling, writer & founder of the Radical Self Love movement
My media bio: Esmé Weijun Wang is a writer and editor-for-hire; her site, at esmewang.com, is where mental health advocacy meets compassionate excellence. Raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, she attended Yale, Stanford, and the University of Michigan, went from intern to Assistant Editor for an international lifestyle magazine, and was a writer and editor for ModCloth before starting her own microbusiness. As seen in Salon, the New Yorker Online, Jezebel, the New York Times, and Clementine Daily, her site is the home of the Chronicles, a series of mini-essays that records her life with schizoaffective disorder, thoughts on sincere business, and explorations of the writing life. Her work with visionary entrepreneurs hones communications, such as books and e-courses, with an acuity built in service of legacy.
For fun, a few lesser-known facts:
- I used to be on a children’s television show. I was “let go” from the show because I couldn’t stop laughing during one of the tapings.
- Though I was a class clown in high school, being a brainy kid saved me from punishment; the pinnacle of my comedic career was making it to callbacks for Yale’s oldest sketch comedy troupe, in which I spent about five minutes reciting the alphabet while pretending to withdraw a tapeworm from my mouth. And I want to try stand-up comedy at least once. I’m also a total introvert (INFJ).
- A popular Taiwanese miniseries was created about my father’s family. Skeletons in the closet, ahoy!