Melissa Walsh

Melissa Walsh

A writer and editor with more than 30 years of professional experience, I tap my expertise to deliver quality print and online content to target audiences, meeting today's media and market needs.

My writing services include: journalism (hard news and lifestyle); ghostwriting; blogging; copywriting; and proposal- and report-writing.

My editorial and publishing services include: copy editing; developmental editing; fact-checking; proofreading; XML mark-up; editorial project management; and print and ebook publishing.

I began my professional journey as a project editor for a large education and reference publisher. Later, I served the automotive industry in service operations and requirements management. I also worked in the defense industry, managing operator and maintenance logistics for ground combat systems. During my years working around vehicles, I returned to school for applied engineering/automotive technology training. I became a wordsmith who can turn a wrench and use a scantool.

I am also a hockey player, a level-4 USA Hockey coach, and the mother of four grown hockey players. Putting my writing cap on around the rink, I have contributed articles, columns, blog posts, and a book to the hockey market.

Off the ice, I’m an avid Great Lakes sailor and a history nerd frequently with her nose in a book. When I find an opportunity to disappear to write poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction, I take it.

Recognized for my work as a freelance news reporter, I'm the recipient of the 2018 second-place award by the Michigan Press Association in the weekly media B news feature category.

Demand for quality writing and editorial services grows as markets become more competitive. My writing and editorial skills bring extra strength to organizations with the wisdom not to treat written communication as an afterthought. To that end, I've contributed my skills as a content strategist toward large digital-publishing projects since 2020.

~Melissa Walsh

Detroit's Challenge the Wind Program Adjusts Its Sails

Great Lakes Scuttlebutt March 2021 Spring Issue 2021 (March-April)

Detroit's Goat Yard: A Sailor's Dream

Lakeland Boating January 2021 January 2021 issue, pages 32-35

The Return of The Goat Yard

Detroit River Living April 2020 "The Return of The Goat Yard"


Great Lakes Scuttlebutt November 2019 Getting Started In Ice Boating

Led by Laura Mendoza, Detroit’s Firewalkers serve up smoldering throwback R&B

Detroit Metro Times August 7th, 2019 Music section

Going Green for Blue Waterways

Great Lakes Scuttlebutt July 2019 Summer Issue 2019 July/August

Stay Safe, Fear the Lake

Great Lakes Scuttlebutt May 1st, 2019 Summer Issue 2019 May/June

Thomas Hardware marks 100th anniversary

Grosse Pointe News March 21st, 2019 News section

Detroit Sailor, Filmmaker Presents Racing's Common Goal

Great Lakes Scuttlebutt March 2019 Spring Issue 2019 (March/April)

Officials urge, 'Build the seawall'

Grosse Pointe News February 28th, 2019 News section

‘Ice dog’ on Lake St. Clair: Lone coyote using iced-over lake to travel

Grosse Pointe News February 14th, 2019 Features section

Driver rescued from lake

Grosse Pointe News January 3rd, 2019 News section

Grosse Pointe Yacht Club grows partnership with Challenge the Wind

Grosse Pointe News August 16th, 2018 Grosse Pointe News - News section

The boat ride

Grosse Pointe News August 16th, 2018 Grosse Pointe News - OpEd section - 'I Say'

Seawall fix creeping forward

Grosse Pointe News July 19th, 2018 Grosse Pointe News - News section

Grosse Pointe Equestrian: Less club, more community

Grosse Pointe News June 21st, 2018 Grosse Pointe News - Features section

An Hour With... Candice S. Miller

Hour Detroit Magazine May 2018 An Hour with...

I Say: Truth-telling: Lessons in ‘voir dire’

Grosse Pointe News April 26th, 2018 I Say

Blues/jazz artist reawakens Detroit’s musical past

Grosse Pointe News March 15th, 2018 Pointer of Interest

America 'undragoned'

Grosse Pointe News March 1st, 2018 I Say: American 'undragoned'

Day to stand trial for home invasion, sexual assault

Grosse Pointe News February 8th, 2018 Feb. 8, 2018 issue

Service dog earns First Star at ‘Power Play for Heroes’

Grosse Pointe Magazine January 2018 Grosse Pointe Magazine - Jan.-Feb. 2018

Work like a dog

Grosse Pointe News January 18th, 2018 Grosse Pointe News - Jan. 18, 2018 - I Say column

Woods author uncovers secret Detroit

Grosse Pointe News January 4th, 2018 Pointer of Interest

The literature of civic life

Grosse Pointe News December 28th, 2017

Farms signs ordinance amended for First Amendment protection

Grosse Pointe News December 7th, 2017

My rock hammer of curiousity

Grosse Pointe News October 26th, 2017

Residents raise concerns about yard-sign ordinance

Grosse Pointe News September 14th, 2017

The Wild West of Automotive Technology and ‘White Hat’ Hacking

Powerplay Communications July 2017 'Content Solutions' blog post - The Wild West of Automotive Technology and ‘White Hat’ Hacking

Enterprise Content Management presentation

Melissa Walsh March 23rd, 2017

A Phenomenal Day for Hockey

Pointe Media March 2016 Grosse Pointe Magazine - March/April 2016 Issue

Driverless Cars and the Cost of Active Safety

Powerplay Communications March 3rd, 2016 Driverless Cars and the Cost of Active Safety

A Big Tilt for Grosse Pointe Community

Pointe Media January 2016 Grosse Pointe Magazine - January/February 2016

The Reel Deal

Service Truck Magazine September 2015 The Reel Deal

Grosse Pointe's Super Novices Hit 'The Brick'

Pointe Media July 2015 Grosse Pointe Magazine - July/August 2015

Rivertown Survivor

Hour Detroit Magazine December 2013 Rivertown Survivor

Grosse Pointe Public Schools: The details on our impressive high schools

Pointe Media August 2013

The Fountain of Youth Is the Frozen Pond

Powerplay Communications April 17th, 2013 Hockey Mom Sense blog: "The Fountain of Youth Is the Frozen Pond"

10 Things Good Hockey Parents Know About Hockey

Powerplay Communications January 17th, 2013 Hockey Mom Sense: 10 Things Good Hockey Parents Know About Hockey

The Rookie Hockey Mom: How to Play the Game's Toughest Position (author & publisher)

Powerplay Communications 2012 Rookie Hockey Mom website

Capitalize on Experience e-mail blast

Powerplay Communications May 2012

Detroit's Big Three Play the Game with Heart

Powerplay Communications January 2011 Detroit's Big Three Play the Game with Heart

Warrior/Brine lacrosse equipment retail display signage & brochure

Graphic Resource Group October 2010

TIS Techstream marketing communications materials

Toyota Motor Sales 2007 TIS Techstream website

CeCe Winans

Gale Group 2006 CeCe Winans

Detroit Music and Things that Start with 'D'

Self 2005 Essay - Detroit Music and Things that Start with 'D'