Brandi Larsen is a writer, speaker, and coach who connects creative people to each other. She hosts The Finishers’ Club retreats for women to finish their creative projects, creates writing group matchmaking events, and shares how the book publishing process works. Her publishing expertise helped create New York Times bestsellers, her journalism accomplishments received Emmy nominations, and her chutzpah propelled her to persist in spite of the impossible.
She’s spoken at Harvard Business School, Book Expo America, Case Western Reserve University, and the Writer’s Digest Annual Conference, among others. Her work has been published in newspapers and magazines, literary journals, textbooks, industry guidelines, and, of course, online.
Brandi is passionate about helping her community and sits on the Board of Literary Cleveland, volunteers with NEORWA and her local PTA, mentors caregivers through the Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation, and sponsors the annual Eileen Kleinert Memorial Scholarship. Brandi supports local businesses and people and offers scholarships to every event she hosts.
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Brandi is a wedding officiant for the Cleveland, Ohio area. Brandi unites couples in joyful, creative wedding ceremonies.
Brandi is a proud graduate of Dreyfoos School of the Arts and Columbia College Chicago. The Chicago improv scene also helped shape her development. She is a Florida native and prefers sunshine to snow.
Brandi is the mother of two children who are the true joys of her life. She’s been married to the amazingly talented artist Matt Larsen for the happiest decades of her life. They live together with two geriatric cats and her brother, the parti poodle, Rudy.
So much of the work I do is about trust and vulnerability. When my parents passed away, I realized the gift of unconditional love they had shared with me was the superpower that propelled my entire life.
I want to share that superpower with you.
Let me begin by saying:
You are worth your own investment.
You deserve the time and space
to share your gifts with the world.
You will go further as part of a community. Find your people. They’re out there and want to help you finish your projects.
Also, finish your projects.
The world needs your work.
Help others and be kind. There is so much good in this world and it’s easier to see when you’re a part of it.
Even if you can’t see it right now,
there is support for you in this world.
You are loved.
That’s the first step.