About

Stories form the backbone of our lives, and of the world we leave behind.

My name is Esmé Weijun Wang. I am a writer of novels, stories, essays, and articles; I seek to understand what it means to create a legacy. Words are the tools with which I work best — and so with speaking and with writing, I put together talks and create literature that I hope will have an impact, and will perhaps even outlast me.

Maybe this seems outrageously hubristic.

Or perhaps you have a similar aim.

I believe that the flotsam of life — including, in my case, a life with schizoaffective disorder and chronic illness — is made meaningful through storytelling: both in the act of telling stories myself, and in collaborating with you to tell yours. Without narrative, 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 examining and creating legacy.

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 elegant 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 e-book, Light Gets Inwhich 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.

dyana valentine 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

 

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To hear more from me about how we might incorporate the idea of legacy into our work and lives, receive inspired missives via Legacy Notes. Written like secret letters to all of my favorite people, these musings, sneak peeks, and treats aren’t seen on the site. You’ll also receive a copy of my book, Radical Sincerity, described as "a work of art worth your time” (Laura Simms) and “a road map that always leads you away from the shine-and-shimmer, and back into the movement of your heart” (Grace Quantock).
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AND NOW FOR A BIT OF LAGNIAPPE

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[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 launching her own small business. The author of the e-book Light Gets In, and as seen in Salon, the New Yorker Online, Jezebel, the New York Times, and Clementine Daily, her site is the home of a series of mini-essays and articles 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 an INFJ, a 4 on the Enneagram, and a Gemini with a Taurus moon and a Capricorn rising.
  • A popular Taiwanese miniseries was created about my father’s family. Skeletons in the closet, ahoy!

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All of the media photographs of me on this site are by Kristin Cofer, except for the above photograph, which was shot by Catherine Just

A few last things with that final sip, if you don’t mind. If it sounds like we’re on a similar frequency, I invite you to sign up for my highly intentional musings at Legacy Notes, which will also score you a free copy of my book, Radical Sincerity.



Thank you.

And, finally: I challenge us — both of us, in it together — to be meaningful.

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If you’ve been feeling the effects of small-talk overdose, cringe from social media gloss, and believe in the elegant potential of openness in business and life, fill out this form to receive inspiring missives and your free copy of my book, Radical Sincerity.

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