Jan Stone, Writer

Mom, Writer, and Editor in Chicago, Illinois

Jan Stone, Writer

Mom, Writer, and Editor in Chicago, Illinois

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I'm an essayist, blogger and recovering PR executive who is a master in resilience. I've endured a brain anuerysm, loss of my family of origin in two years and a head-on collision—and lived to tell the tale. My writing has appeared at venues including More magazine and The Chicago Tribune. I blog at JanStoneWritesOn, co-blog at Elect2Care and was an invited blogger at a national conference on women’s economic and political issues.

A recipient of multiple residencies from the Ragdale Foundation, I was most recently working through a selective two-year certificate program in the non-fiction genre at the University of Chicago’s Writer’s Studio. I'm also an alum of The Op-Ed Project, an innovative national program that scouts and trains women and other under-represented experts to submit works of thought leadership to media gatekeepers across all platforms.

My essays explore threads linking trauma and fear to empathy and resilience. My op-eds examine how a culture of courage, connection and compassion has been supplanted by one of entitlement, intolerance and inequity.

In a previous life, I worked at top advertising and PR agencies including Leo Burnett, Edelman, HLB (now ComBlu) and Bozell Worldwide, where I mastered the art of helping clients strategically achieve their objectives while managing the crises inherent in an imperfect world. I earned corporate cred as Manager of Marketing & Communications at Bell + Howell.

I live on the beach in Chicago where I'm impatiently awaiting the Chicago Cubs in the World Series. And they finally did it! A 108-year old curse abolished on November 1, 2016 in the 10th inning of the 7th game. Chicago: my kind of town.

  • Education
    • University of Chicago's Writer's Studio
    • DePaul University