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I'm a writer, speaker, teacher, and babe about town. I'm the author of the award-winning, New York Times-bestselling author of The Collected Schizophrenias, as well as a award-winning novel, The Border of Paradise. As someone who has been living with mental and physical chronic illness for most of her life, I'm an expert in being a working writer who is living with limitations. Learn more. about me below.



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The Unexpected Shape Writing Academy 

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be flexible & listen to your body

make the environment a good one

find inspiration in your experience

adjust your expectations

try option 2

embrace your reality

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Unexpected Shape Newsletter

The Unexpected Shape with Esmé Weijun Wang is a newsletter with 9000+ subscribers for thoughtful softies and ambitious writers living with limitations, written by award-winning, New York Times-bestselling author of The Collected Schizophrenias, Esmé Weijun Wang (that's me!).

Each week, you'll receive a personal essay of something I've been mulling over and won't be publishing anywhere else—whether about the matrilineal hauntings in my family line or eating fake eggs in the psych ward. As the writer of a short story that was in the Best American Short Stories anthology and a Notable essay in the Best American Essays anthology, I love what I do, and I want to share it with you.

weekly essays for thoughtful softies 

The Academy Bulletin

Are you interested in writing personal nonfiction? Would you like to learn more about it, and also receive a free 10-Day MFA course via email? Subscribe to The Academy Bulletin!

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