About Hilary

Hilary Schaper writes creative nonfiction, primarily, lyric and personal essays. An art lover, she often finds inspiration in visual images—a painting by Edward Hopper, a portrait by David Hockney, a puppet show, even, a Guatemalan ceramic vase.

She has received two Pushcart Prize nominations, earned Honorable Mention in New Letters’ Dorothy Cappon Contest for Nonfiction, and was a Finalist in Prime Number Magazine’s creative nonfiction contest. Hilary was an artist in residence at the Vermont Studio Center.

She holds a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the Rainier Writing Workshop at Pacific Lutheran University, a Doctor of Jurisprudence from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, a Master of Arts in English literature from Indiana University, Bloomington, and a Bachelor of Arts in English literature from the University of Pennsylvania. All to say, Hilary pursued careers in the legal, corporate—and interior design—fields before settling into writing. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two Golden Retrievers.