Melissa Leilani Larson

What Mel is up to presently:

THEATRE: Mel visited the College of St. Benedict and St. John's University in St. Joseph, MN to see their production of Jane Austen's Persuasion April 10-11.

Pride and Prejudice's premiere production at BYU enjoyed a practically sold out run in March.

Mel's newest play Pilot Program has been selected to be part of Plan-B Theatre Company's next season. It will go up April 2015.

FILM: Veronica Mars.

TV: Call the Midwife.

BOOK: My Heart Is Boundless: Writings of Abigail May Alcott, Louisa's Mother, edited by Eve LaPlante.

SONG: "In My Mind" from The Weaver of Raveloe.

EDIBLE: Junior Mints FTW.

INK IN THE PEN: De Atramentis Jane Austen (a very pretty dark green).

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28 November 2013 5 Comments


I have much to be grateful for and am not always the best about expressing it, so here goes. I have a great family and swell friends. I have a solid relationship with my Savior and my Heavenly Parents. I’ve been blessed with an itch to make things—good things. I almost always have ink on […]

19 November 2013 1 Comment

Little Karl.

Last fall I entered a short story contest hosted by Everyday Mormon Writer. I would include the link, but their website is unfortunately infected with some kind of malware and isn’t safe to visit. Due to a current conversation in the blogosphere discussing the lack of—or lack of interest in—Mormon tragedy, and because I want […]

14 August 2013 0 Comments

Lizzy and Lottie

This is a scene from Pride and Prejudice. We are at the Meryton assembly, and Elizabeth has just overheard Darcy call her “tolerable”. ELIZABETH Goodness, you’d think something crawled into his supper and died. CHARLOTTE I can’t even—Did you hear what he said? ELIZABETH I did. Likely he doesn’t dance because he’s bad at it. […]

1 February 2013 1 Comment

Visiting Old Friends.

So I have been a little busy. And I did set one of those New Year’s resolutions to blog more often, which is totally in the plan (ssh—don’t tell anyone it’s already February). Part of the reason I’ve been so crazy busy is that I’ve been doing a ton of teaching—I am fuller than full time […]

15 October 2012 2 Comments

Four Centuries of Mormon Stories.

Years ago, when I was pursuing my undergrad degree, I studied English. I had planned since I read my first books to write them. I wrote stories all the time. I loved going to the theatre, and going to movies, but I didn’t think about writing for those media the way I thought about writing […]