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

Mel wrote the screenplay Jane and Emma, a new film about the friendship between Black LDS pioneer Jane Manning James and Emma Hale Smith. The film is currently playing in 30 Utah cinemas (as of today, October 21) and we are hoping to break into other states soon. Here is the new trailer:

Over the course of the 2017/18 season, Mel has been workshopping her play Sweetheart Come with PYGmalion Productions in Salt Lake City; PYG will produce the play in Mary 2019. 

Pilot Program was produced as a student project at Southern Utah University March 29 - 31. Mel was able to attend the show and do a talkback with audience members. The show was great! Kudos to all involved. 

Mel's newest play Mountain Law is part of Plan-B Theatre's annual Script-in-Hand free reading series. The reading will be March 7 at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are free but required. All tickets are presently claimed, but it's probably still worth it to come to the Rose Wagner Studio Theatre around 6 or 6:30 p.m. March 7th and see if a seat opens up. 

Mel's work-in-progress adaptation The Girl Who Drank the Moon received a staged reading at Utah Valley University December 6, 2017. It was great to hear the piece aloud, and Mel is continuing work on the next draft. 

Julie Bowman reviewed Mel's book Third Wheel for the Fall 2017 issue of Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought. "Intimacy is the critical strength of these plays.... Third Wheel shows us characters with pain points that prompt us to discuss their conditions. These dilemmas matter a great deal to the spectrum of conversations currently underway in the LDS community. It's worth reading, staging, and discussing these plays." 

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 scripted a video for digital memory company IM Flash. Check it out: 

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: