My research and analytical skills strengthen my environmental and human rights advocacy.
I write and edit fiction and nonfiction, including book manuscripts, essays, articles, market copy, and websites. A skilled translator and storyteller, I will smooth and strengthen your work.
What is your question? A published journalist and political science professor, I will find the most efficient and accurate way to research your issue and the most impactful way to present the arguments.
I build successful international environmental justice programs, and support front-line defenders through campaigns and philanthropy.
Effective leader with broad international experience
refining complex narratives to mobilize resources and inspire participation.
producing effective consultations
Find The Story
Preparing a campaign, a speech or a mission statement? I use interviews and discussions to find the narrative that will ground and define your work.
What My Clients Say
As an editor myself, I am very picky about who I work with to help me with my own writing. Melina has all the qualities I appreciate in an editor — she understands structure and story, has great chops as a line editor, doesn’t stomp on the voice of the writer, and really cares about making a piece of writing as good as it can be. Her edits of my chapter in a nonfiction anthology helped me to sharpen the language throughout and improve the piece conceptually. Plus she was fun to work with and generous in her approach. I recommend Melina without hesitation and hope to work with her again. Thanks, Melina!
I make sure your point is clear, the structure is compelling, and the writing flows. I can provide comments for you to incorporate, or I can edit directly in the document. Direct edits are useful for tightening language or meeting deadlines.
I provide detailed feedback for each element of your project, including: narrative structure, character depth and continuity, scenes, pacing, conflict, dialogue and resolution.
I correct typographical, spelling, and punctuation errors while pointing out unclear or overused words and phrases. I am careful to respect your writing style – your unique voice overrides rules of grammar.
Use the contact form to describe your project, including time frame, goals, and word count. We’ll agree on a schedule and cost estimate. We’ll sign a contract and I’ll bill you for 1/2 of the estimate. Most projects are completed within two weeks.