Jesaka Long

Jesaka has written extensively in the areas of memoir, personal essays, screenplays, and fiction, including novels and short stories. Her writing has been recognized by Aspen Writers’ Foundation, Austin Film Festival, Atlanta Film Festival, Portland Film Festival, Denver’s own TV-focused SeriesFest, and other organizations. She has also written marketing content for companies including Starbucks Coffee, Vail Resorts, Nordstrom, Microsoft, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and many others. She brings all of this experience into the classroom.

As a teaching artist, Jesaka creates safe, supportive spaces for youth to first feel heard and seen—and then helps them develop the skills to use the written and spoken word to share their stories with others. She has taught creative writing at Lighthouse Writers Workshop and Denver School of the Arts as well as schools throughout the greater Denver area. Jesaka earned her BA from Colorado College and is currently pursuing an MFA at Vermont College of Fine Arts.

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Jesaka Long is available for full or part-time residencies.

Jesaka Long is available for professional development.

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Explore: Literary Arts, Storytelling, Creative Writing, Fiction, Language, Playwriting, Screenwriting, Writing


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  • Script Writing Intensive

    Workshop or Residency for grades 6th through 12th

    Students will embrace their love of pop culture through script writing (TV, movies, or graphic novels). We’ll build their creative writing skills through story concept and structure; character development; dialogue; scenes and more. Students will also learn how to format their scripts and write a draft of their own TV show, short movie or graphic novel.

  • Creative Writing Studio

    Workshop or Residency for grades 6th through 12th

    Students will be invited to play with their writing and try a specific craft element to help them build their storytelling skills. Examples of elements explored include (but are not limited to) developing intriguing characters; building worlds in sci-fi; surprise twists in scenes. Another option is a Creative Writing Mashup where students will mix genres, like poetry and short stories or screenplays and memoirs, to write something completely unexpected. Creative Writing Studio or Mashup works well as a single workshop or a residency, and is particularly suited for a group of students with a range of creative writing interests.

  • Hermit Crab: Yourself in Words

    Workshop or Residency for grades 4th through 12th

    Students will explore how they can write about themselves by “borrowing” other forms—everything from recipes to horoscopes to how-to instructions—just as hermit crabs borrow the empty shells of other sea creatures. Great for all levels of writers, from the experienced wanting to play with forms to the reluctant writers who may be performing a grade or two below their expected level.

  • Real World Influence

    Workshop or Residency for grades 6th through 12th

    Students will use elements from other lessons, such as science, and “sell” these things through fun and creative approaches to persuasive writing. For example, if students are learning about the solar system, they can build a case for why their chosen planet is the best one. They’ll choose facts, details, and other items to highlight. Then they’ll write short pieces to market their findings. Together, we’ll explore how to identify the right audience, what they want, and how best to appeal to them. The final product will be an advertisement (such as for a magazine), an Instagram post, or other fun pop culture mediums.

  • Fearless Writing

    Workshop or Residency for grades 9th through 12th

    Students will learn how to take their personal experience and interests in current events to write powerful pieces. They will learn how to combine storytelling elements (character, scene, place, etc.) with passions, opinions, and even anger to impact their readers. This concept is designed to help students develop empathy and understand how we can connect to each other in today’s fractured world. The workshop or residency can be designed for creative non-fiction (personal essay/memoir), or fiction (short stories/flash fiction), or a hybrid (such as memoir and poetry).