Persuasion, College of Saint Benedict | Saint John's University, 2014. 

Melissa Leilani Larson

Hi, my name is Mel and I'm a writer. Feel free to browse the site to learn more about me and my work. Thanks for stopping by! 

Recent Happenings

Conor Hilton shares some wonderful insights in his review of Mel's new play collection Third Wheel. "These are the sorts of stories that we need more of. Stories that confront some of our biggest challenges and concerns and struggles as a faith community... [T]he way the characters respond felt so real and true. Probably the best depiction of receiving a spiritual prompting I’ve ever encountered."

Utah Valley University has commissioned Mel to write a new Theatre for Young Audiences play for their 2019-2020 season. Mel is presently writing the script and workshopping the first draft in UVU's New Script Workshop class.

Mel's first book, Third Wheel, debuted on July 24th from BCC Press. She subsequently spoke on a panel with two other prominent LDS women authors, Mette Harrison and Rachel Hunt Steenblik at a packed launch event July 25th. Third Wheel is now available on

Mel was invited to be the featured writer for the 2017 spring quarter at the LDS women’s journal Segullah. Read her interview, and check out excerpts from Little Happy Secrets , Pilot Program, and Sweetheart Come.

Mel was one of 12 Utah-based playwrights whose short plays comprise the evening (In)divisible, premiering June 8-18 at Plan-B Theatre. 

Mel scripted a commercial for a new campaign aimed at helping people better understand the Better Business Bureau and its mission. The final product looks pretty great: