Superpower //finding and transmitting the heart of a story. lyrical prose & authentic voice.

Esmé Schwall Weigand is Senior Collaborative Writer and Assistant Editor at Idea Architects. She holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of Arizona. Her fiction and personal essays have appeared in The Normal School and Apalachee Review, among other publications. The Choice, her first Idea Architects collaboration, won a 2017 National Jewish Book Award and a 2018 Christopher Award, and is an international bestseller. She lives with her husband and two young daughters in Portland, Oregon, where she enjoys playing her cello and racing her children up muddy mountainsides.



  • The Choice, Dr. Edith Eva Eger
  • To Stop a Warlord, Shannon Sedgwick Davis
  • The Awakened Brain, Dr. Lisa Miller (forthcoming)

“Esmé Schwall Weigand, my cowriter–you didn’t just find the words. You became me. Thank you for being my ophthalmologist, for your ability to see my healing journey from so many different perspectives.” ~Dr. Edith Eva Eger

“For Esmé Schwall Weigand, I’ve lost count of the number of times I wanted to give up on this book. Thank you for keeping me ‘in it’ and bringing my heart to its words and pages.” ~Shannon Sedgwick Davis