üma kleppinger

WRITER. STORYTELLER. RISK TAKER. CHANGE MAKER.

Stranger than fiction.

By day I’m a writer. By night I grab the nearest mic and tell stranger-than-fiction stories that make audiences laugh and cry, sometimes both at the same time.

Story is a way of connecting. We connect with others, to new ideas and perspectives, and perhaps most importantly, we connect with a deeper part of ourselves. My mission is to give good story.

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about üma

THE BACKSTORY

I've been many things in my past lives: author, graphic designer, publishing professional, bike messenger, marketing magician, meditation instructor.

In addition to working the mic, I’ve always worked behind the scene, as the co-producer of a multi-disciplinary artist’s showcase, featuring work by the San Francisco Bay Area’s most prolific performers and emerging visual artists.

umacreative.com is my commercial writing website. Ghostwriting is my specialty, but I also do marketing communications, PR, and copywriting for select clients.

My personal and creative writing frequently explores dark subjects, but I believe that a good sense of humor is a highly underrated survival skill, and no matter how dark the moment, there’s *always* something to laugh about…or at.

 

Believe the hype.

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Üma is a 7 Deadly Sins fan favorite. Her unflinching self-awareness, keen awareness of the world around her, and hilarious style of deadpan humor always blend together to create a story cocktail that is equal parts authoritative, playful, and deeply human.

R. TOD KELLY
PRODUCER, 7 DEADLY SINS. PANTS ON FIRE
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When Üma takes the stage, I know I’m going to get (at least) one very important thing: the TRUTH. Her fearless storytelling style and unabashed candor are infused with biting wit and self-deprecating humor. Üma’s stories take us to places we’d rather avoid, but we go and we are better off for it.

DAVE WILLIAMS
MOTH STORY SLAM PRODUCER
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Üma is a natural storyteller—as comfortable on stage in front of a couple hundred people as she is sitting down with a friend. She’s fearless about sharing the hard, difficult parts of a well-lived life—the parts where meaningful stories come from—and exploring what she and therefore we can learn from them. 

ANDREW DICKSON
MOTH STORY SLAM HOST

GET IN TOUCH

Whether you’re looking for an ace content strategist, a ghostwriter, or gritty storytelling (and occasionally comedic relief), ore merely curious, I’m game.

Use the form to send a message and I’ll get back to you in two shakes of a lamb’s tail.

“There’s always room for a story that can transport people to another place.” —JK ROWLING

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