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, and meditation instructor. Contrary to popular belief, I'm not easily bored. I simply believe diverse experiences make for good stories.

My main jam is providing content marketing strategy and content production for a wide array of clients and industries at allied+indie. My “side hustle” ghostwriting business is umacreative.com. I write both memoir and business leadership books (nonfiction).

When I”m “off-leash”—that is, without client constraints—I write about social change, feminism, consumerism, and free will. And sometimes, I write about emotional stuff.

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

Looking for an ace content strategist, groovy ghostwriter, or savvy storyteller? I’m game.

Send me a message and I’ll get back to you in two shakes of a lamb’s tail.

“In the end, we’ll all become stories.”
—MARGARET ATWOOD

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SOCIAL / AWKWARD

I often produce and manage social media for clients, but #IRL I eschew social media, preferring human interactions. Holler at me by email to connect in person or look me up on LinkedIn.

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