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Gyde Cerfitied Expert
Freelance Writer & Storyteller



I have been a storyteller for as long as I can remember.

Whether it was the stories I wrote as a child, the videos I edited as a teen, or the social media accounts I have run as an adult, I have long been sharing stories about real people doing great things. I have worked with numerous non-profits, political candidates and organizations, tech companies, and individuals since 2007 and helped them design programming, recruit people to their cause, and share what they are doing.

Throughout my life and in my writing, I have endeavored to be a voice for breaking the stigma on mental and behavioral health, sharing your own story, and creating space for others to share their stories safely. Clients enjoy working with me because my writing feels unique and authentic, and I work with their team to make them better writers too.

No matter what I have been doing, I have always thought about story - how we share our work and world with others. I spend my free time reading and writing short stories and essays.  You can find my body of work at

Years of Experience

Case Studies

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Social Media Marketing
Creative Content Creation
Web Copywriting
Blog Writing
Copy Editing & Revising
Grant Writing
Ghost Writing
Email Marketing


$50 Per Hour
$3,500 (20 hrs/week) $7,000 (40 hrs/week)
Per Project:
Variable by Project

Achievements & Reviews

"Working with Melissa, two things stand out: her skills as a writer & marketer and the energy she brings to her work and her teams."  Co-Founder & CEO, Degreed & BookClub

"When Melissa tells you she commits to your project and/or organization, she really commits! She's dependable and does what needs to be done."  Policy & Research Manager, Building Industry Association of Washington

"Melissa is an exceptional writer, able to articulate complex ideas in a very friendly style."  Student Campaigns Coordinator, ONE Campaign

Clients I've Worked With

BookClub (including marketing collaborations with celebrity hosts Emma Roberts, FranklinCovey, Barbara Corcoran, and Nicole Ellis, and writing collaborations with celebrity hosts Eva Chen, Belletrist, and Arlan Hamilton)

Columbia River Mental Health Foundation

Ty Stober for Vancouver

Young Democrats of Washington


The Write Teacher(s)

Workforce Southwest Washington


Art & Culture
Mental Health
Political Campaigns & Organizations
Higher Education
Workforce Development
Diversity, Equality, & Inclusion (Belonging)

Additional Information

I can also support you with visual and video content (you can see samples of this work at Here). In addition to copywriting and editing, I also write and edit fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, and stage plays. I would be happy to work with you on any project on which you need support.

I look forward to working together!