Melissa Walsh

Writing Samples

Most of the writing samples displayed here are reference or creative nonfiction. I have written many more business proposals and narratives than presented here. Due to proprietary and confidentiality constraints, I have not posted them here.

My fiction is also not posted here.

Since Sept. 2017, I've contributed as a freelance, part-time staff writer to Grosse Pointe News, covering news in Grosse Pointe Farms and Grosse Pointe Woods. Back in 2001, I contributed to GPN as a full-time staff writer, covering schools and libraries. I have posted here some of the GPN articles with my byline. The rest are archived here: Grosse Pointe News

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

Farms Teen Earns Buzz in U.S. Figure Skating

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

Water Plant’s ‘Wheeler Bottom’ passing inspection

Grosse Pointe News January 18th, 2018 Grosse Pointe News - Jan. 18, 2018 - News section, 1A

K-9s nab suspects in home invasion

Grosse Pointe News January 4th, 2018 Grosse Pointe News - Jan. 4, 2018

Farms DPS says ‘good bye’ to three officers

Grosse Pointe News January 4th, 2018 Grosse Pointe News - Jan. 4, 2018

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

Day remanded until trial for Woods home invasion, sexual assault

Grosse Pointe News December 7th, 2017

Done for now

Grosse Pointe News December 7th, 2017

Day to stand trial for home invasion, sexual assault

Grosse Pointe News November 23rd, 2017

Gerald Day bound over for trial

Grosse Pointe News November 9th, 2017

Theros elected mayor

Grosse Pointe News November 9th, 2017

My rock hammer of curiousity

Grosse Pointe News October 26th, 2017

Public Safety Authority proposal to be drafted

Grosse Pointe News October 26th, 2017

First contested mayoral race since 2003

Grosse Pointe News October 19th, 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

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

History Channel's Sons of Liberty: Void of Common Sense

Powerplay Communications (self) February 5th, 2015 Blog post - History Channel's Sons of Liberty: Void of Common Sense

Girls Enjoy Hockey's Great Adventure

Pointe Media January 2014 Grosse Pointe Magazine - January/February 2014

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"

How to Love Your Hockey Player

Powerplay Communications February 12th, 2013 Hockey Mom Sense blog: "How to Love Your Hockey Player"

6 Great Truths that Disabled Hockey Brings to Light

Powerplay Communications February 6th, 2013 Hockey Mom Sense blog: "6 Great Truths that Disabled Hockey Brings to Light"

10 Things Good Hockey Parents Know About Hockey

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

Native North American Firsts (as Project Editor)

Gale Group

Gale Encyclopedia of Native American Tribes (as Project Editor)

Gale Group

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

Powerplay Communications 2012 Rookie Hockey Mom website

Midget A Rattlers Tryouts flyer

Powerplay Communications June 2012

Contemporary Black Biography (as contributor & editor)

Gale Group

Gale Encyclopedia of Multicultural America (as contributor & editor)

Gale Group

Debra A. Powell

Gale Group Debra A. Powell

Dorothy A. Terrell

Gale Group Dorothy A. Terrell

Kerry Washington

Gale Group Kerry Washington

Tony Perkins

Gale Group Tony Perkins

Kim Perrot

Gale Group Kim Perrot

Luscious Jackson

Gale Group Luscious Jackson

Matchbox 20

Gale Group Matchbox 20

Capitalize on Experience e-mail blast

Powerplay Communications May 2012

Business Plan for Rattlers Squirt AA Hockey Club

May 2012

Guidelines & Goals for the Rattlers Midget A Hockey Club

April 2012

A Goal-Scoring Visionary

Pointe Media December 2011 Grosse Pointe Magazine - "A Goal-Scoring Visionary"

Hockey: A Girl's Life at the Onyx

Rochester & Hills Magazine November 2011

Slang: Colloquial Poetry

Powerplay Communications November 2011 Slang: Colloquial Poetry

Rochester at Christmas: A Magical Winter Wonderland

Pointe Media November 2011

Single Mom Strong

Single Parent FUEL October 2011 FUEL Blog: "Single Mom Strong"

Coaching Mites: A Great Balancing Act

Powerplay Communications October 2011 Hockey Mom Sense blog: "Coaching Mites: A Great Balancing Act"

Marketing Communications Plan for Single Parent FUEL Ministry

September 2011

Discovering Rochester

Pointe Media September 2011

Cast a Vision

Single Parent FUEL September 2011 FUEL Blog: "Cast a Vision"

Sending a Message? postcard

Powerplay Communications July 2011

Ready, Set, Fly

Single Parent FUEL July 2011 FUEL Blog: "Ready, Set, Fly"

The New Rules of Engagement

Powerplay Communications July 2011 Hockey Mom Sens blog: "The New Rules of Engagement"

Rochester & Hills Magazine (as Managing Editor)

Pointe Media 2011

Promises Treatment Center

Salem Press June 15th, 2011 Salem Health: Addictions & Substance Abuse

Group Therapy for Substance Abuse

Salem Press 2011 Salem Health: Addictions & Substance Abuse

Brain Changes and Addiction

Salem Press 2011 Salem Health: Addictions & Substance Abuse

Narcotics: Short- and Long-term Effects on the Body

Salem Press 2011 Salem Health: Addictions & Substance Abuse

Symptoms of Substance Abuse

Salem Press 2011 Salem Health: Addictions & Substance Abuse

Gender and Addiction

Salem Press 2011 Salem Health: Addictions & Substance Abuse

Veterans and Addiction

Salem Press 2011 Salem Health: Addictions & Substance Abuse

Military and Substance Abuse

Salem Press 2011 Salem Health: Addictions & Substance Abuse

Rodents and infectious disease

Salem Press 2011 Salem Health: Infectious Diseases & Conditions

Bioterrorism

Salem Press 2011 Salem Health: Infectious Diseases & Conditions

Hutch's Hockey Camp flyer

Powerplay Communications May 2011

Marketing Communications Plan for FASThockey (proposed)

Powerplay Communications May 2011

Hockey Mom Day

Powerplay Communications May 2011 Hockey Mom Sense blog: "Hockey Mom Day"

That 'Rapscallion' Heart of a Boy

Powerplay Communications April 2011 That 'Rapscallion' Heart of a Boy

What Can Buzz Do for Your Biz?

Powerplay Communications April 2011 What Can Buzz Do for Your Biz?

Youth Hockey Nutrition: Keep It Simple

Powerplay Communications April 2011 Hockey Mom Sense blog: "Youth Hockey Nutrition: Keep It Simple"

Hockey Mom Speak: How It Evolves

Powerplay Communications April 2011 Hockey Mom Sense blog: "Hockey Mom Speak: How It Evolves"

Religious Hockey

Powerplay Communications March 2011 Hockey Mom Sense blog: "Religious Hockey"

Great Moments Are Born from Great Opportunities

Powerplay Communications March 2011 Hockey Mom Sense blog "Great Moments Are Born from Great Opportunities"

Mini-Mites: It's as Good as It Gets

Powerplay Communications March 2011 Hockey Mom Sense blog: "Mini-Mites: It's as Good as It Gets"

The Lesson of Puck Control

Powerplay Communications March 2011 Hockey Mom Sense blog: "The Lesson of Puck Control"

Gain Editorial Extra Strength e-mail blast

Powerplay Communications February 2011

The Hockey Club

Powerplay Communications February 2011 The Hockey Club

The Will to Win

Powerplay Communications February 2011 The Will To Win

Overview marketing letter for FASThockey

January 2011

Ready, Set, Train!

Powerplay Communications January 2011

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

Democracy & the Power of Knowledge

Powerplay Communications February 2010 Democracy & the Power of Knowledge

Schools forecast budgetary storm to strike

Grosse Pointe News January 2010

TIS Techstream marketing communications materials

Toyota Motor Sales 2007 TIS Techstream website

VCM brochure

Snap-on OEM Group 2007

Recommending a Content Management Strategy (CMS)

2007

Return on Investment (ROI) for CMS

2007

Hockey Vision Becomes a Hockey Classic

Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) March 2007

Alice Dunbar Nelson

Gale Group 2006 Alice Dunbar Nelson

CeCe Winans

Gale Group 2006 CeCe Winans

Aaron McGruder

Gale Group Aaron McGruder

Detroit Music and Things that Start with 'D'

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

Michigan House Calls Magazine (as Managing Editor)

Frontier 3 Advertising 2005

Beating Breast Cancer: Life-Saving Wisdom from a Survivor

Michigan House Calls Magazine 2005

Got Calcium Carbonate? Quenching Holiday Heartburn

Michigan House Calls Magazine 2005

'Tis the Season To Be Overly Stressed

Michigan House Calls Magazine 2005

Andre Benjamin

Gale Group 2005 Andre Benjamin

Antwan Patton

Gale Group 2005 Antwan Patton

Jean-Luc Grand-Pierre

Gale Group 2005 Jean-Luc Grand-Pierre

Ruben Studdard

Gale Group 2005 Ruben Studdard

Sarah Streeter

Gale Group 2004 Sarah Streeter

Muriel L. Feelings

Gale Group 2004 Muriel L. Feelings

Growing up at Jake's

Grosse Pointe News January 24th, 2002

Metro area volunteers repair Pentagon roof

Detroit News January 2002

State demands public school students' files

Grosse Pointe News December 2001

Head Up. Stand Tall. It's a Lifelong Kick.

Grosse Pointe News November 22nd, 2001

Sean Lennon

Gale Group 2000