About Melody

C. Smyth Photography

I create and execute content and communications strategies that align with your organization’s goals and values. I am passionate about writing that inspires action and leaves readers informed, empowered, and more connected to others. I believe professional writing should tell well-crafted stories that move us and use clear, researched evidence that makes us think. I use writing to learn, teach, exchange, and discover. I earned a B.A. in English from the University of California, Berkeleya and an M.A. in English and Creative Writing from the University of New Mexico.

 In 2000, I began part-time freelancing as a researcher, writer, editor, and designer for nonprofits arts and literary organizations. From 2004-2018, I also taught college and university courses in business writing, technical writing, creative writing, composition, developmental writing, literature, and ESL.


In 2018, I became a full-time creative strategist, using my years of writing, teaching, and publishing experience to help clients across business, technical, medical, government, nonprofit, and education sectors design and execute writing projects that move readers to think, feel, and act. 


I live in St. Louis, MO and partner with organizations and individuals across the globe for short- and long-term collaborations.


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