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Critically Acclaimed

Salwa Emerson is an internationally celebrated author, editor, and ghostwriter, known for her keen insight, refreshing wit, and exquisite prose. 


She has collaborated with Oscar-winning actors, NFL players, world-renowned chefs, reality-TV celebrities, and Pulitzer Prize winners. 


Salwa specializes in memoirs, thought-leadership books, speechwriting, and spiritual-themed nonfiction. 


“All fine writers must be stirringly original and evocative. That's Salwa Emerson. Deeply humane, empathetic, and kind, Salwa is the perfect collaborator and partner. Her intelligence and lovely spirit are sources of inspiration and enlightenment.”


-Ken Capobianco, The Boston Globe

“Salwa has a deep knowledge of countless topics . . . She has the unique ability to funnel a multitude of big ideas, thoughts, and sources, and eloquently summarize them down to what will be important to the reader. On top of her writing strength, her personality, kindness, and interpersonal skills make her a joy to work with.”

 -Benjamin Backer, Founder and President of American Conservation Coalition and listed as one of Forbes 30 Under 30

“Salwa has a real gift for translating complex concepts into approachable stories and readable prose.”


-Van Ton-Quinlivan, best-selling author and podcast host, former Executive Vice Chancellor of California Community Colleges

“Salwa is warm, personable, and highly intelligent. She truly can make a story come alive on the page. . . She excels on the business end as well. You'll receive high-quality work, expertly edited, on deadline.” 


-Bonnie Hearn-Hill, award-winning author and editor

Salwa is an engaging storyteller who is diligent, trustworthy, caring, and detail-oriented. She's also an absolute delight personally: enthusiastic, witty, and just the right amount of cheeky!” 

-Betsy Rapoport, best-selling editor and author

Salwa Emerson’s writing is strong, surprising, and quite moving. She has perfected the art of memoir writing. This reader would gladly read more!” 

-Pat Schneider, author of How the Light Gets In and Founder of the Amherst Writers and Artists



Growing up between the genteel world of New England academia and the hardcore grit of 1980s New York City, with roots in Germany and the Middle East, Salwa is a true woman of the world. 


As a child actor and singer, she graduated from a prestigious private school at age 16, and went on to earn degrees in English from Barnard College and NYU. 


Salwa’s extraordinary life circumstances—her escape from a Christian cult, a mysterious illness that landed her in a wheelchair, becoming a single mother of three, and her reunion with her politically-exiled father and seven half-siblings—form the warp and weft of her own personal essays. 


These experiences also make Salwa an empathetic listener and a true alchemist of words when it comes to weaving anyone’s unique story into a compelling book.




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