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Holiday Council Featurette: Esme Wang & Lauren Layne

Enjoy straight-from-the-heart reflections on 2016 from inspirational women, like Esme Wang and Lauren Layne, in our Holiday Council Featurettes.

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From Esmé Wang —

My word or theme for the year was ALIVE.

In this year, I have honored my own strength and bravery.

In this year, I am most grateful for every single moment of joy I experienced.

To reflect on my year, I will work on various end-of-year workbooks—I love those. And I’ll likely do the Holiday Council again.

My favorite end-of-year tradition is cracking open a 2017 planner.

In 2017, it will be time for finishing my second book, a collection of essays under contract by Graywolf Press.


From Lauren Layne —

My word or theme for the year was Like A Boss.

In this year, I have honored treating myself like a business, but in the best sense possible. In previous years I worked on honoring the creative part of being a writer, and it felt amazing to add another layer to that – figuring out how to turn my art into a lifestyle.

In this year, I am most grateful for being back in New York City. There’s a common idiom that “real writers” can write from anywhere, and I suppose that’s true, but I can affirm that this writer does her best work from her apartment in Manhattan.

Because of this year, I now believe that the essence of life isn’t in the grand goals and bold declarations, but the small, deliberate daily choices that honor that Big Thing.

My favorite end-of-year tradition is curling up on the couch with some champagne and my hubby as we dive into our annual review process where we do our F-Yeah list (the great things) the Oh-F list (the not as great things) and dream big for the year to come.
Meet Lauren! Lauren Layne is the USA Today bestselling author of over a dozen romantic comedies. A former e-commerce and web marketing manager from Seattle, Lauren relocated to New York City in 2011 to launch a full-time writing career. You can get in touch with her on her website, Instagram, or Twitter

Meet Esmé! Esmé Weijun Wang is an award-winning author and advocate. At, she provides resources that assist aspiring and working writers in developing resilience on the path to building a creative legacy. Wang’s emphasis on resilience originates from her own experiences as a writer, having learned the importance of adapting to difficult times from living with schizoaffective disorder and late-stage Lyme disease.

She studied creative writing and psychology at Yale and Stanford, and received her MFA from the top-tier Creative Writing program at the University of Michigan. The author of The Border of Paradise (Unnamed Press, 2016), Wang has written for Catapult, Hazlitt, Lit Hub, Salon, and Lenny, and been written about in the New Yorker Online, Fusion, and the New York Times.

She is currently, having won the 2016 Graywolf Nonfiction Prize, working on a collection of essays about schizophrenia. Find her e-letter, as well as the complimentary Creative Legacy Check-In, at

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