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nDash Writer Profile for Melissa Smith


Ghostwriter-for-hire, fiction editor, novelist, blogger

About Me

Hi! My name is Melissa Smith, and I'm a writer, editor, and ghostwriter. I'm comfortable with several industries - I've worked as a communications technical writer in the government sector, specifically in information technology and humanitarian aid. I write about -- you guessed it -- writing on my blog, and I've been published in several literary journals. My debut fiction novella is forthcoming through a small press.

I have a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Religious Studies from Knox College (class of 2018). Beginning in the fall of 2022, I will be a candidate for a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Oregon State University-Cascades.

I live in the Washington, D.C. area with my partner. In my free time, I play tennis, read, and binge K-dramas.

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My Writing Samples

Just Us

My debut fiction novella, forthcoming through the Main Street Rag. An excerpt from the book is included on the web page.


The Roommate Dilemma

The Roommate Dilemma is a romance novel written under a pen name.


Why Poetry is Synonymous with War

Why Poetry is Synonymous with War is a poem published through Sky Island Journal.


Coast Guard delivers upgraded MH-65E helicopters to Sector Humboldt Bay

A technical writing sample of the public-facing work I do for the Coast Guard.


Blog Post

This is a post from my personal website where I discuss the idea of writing for yourself or writing for success.



Communications Technical Writer

Writes, edits, and provides technical writing expertise for the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Coast Guard. Coordinates on communications products in a high-pressure public-facing, fast-paced work environment. Conducts interviews, write newsletter articles, and edits documents for accuracy, style, and flow. Writes primarily in AP Style, as well as Military Style where necessary.

Company: Chevo Consulting, LLC

I worked there from 9/2020 until now

Communications Technical Writer/Content Creator

Coordinated on, produced, and edited important content for the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs in the Office of Consular Systems and Technology. Provided exceptional communications products in a high-pressure work environment with quick turnaround time. Provided emergency communications products during the COVID-19 crisis.

Company: PotomacWave Consulting

I worked there from 9/2019 until 9/2020

Program Assistant

Provided administrative and programmatic support in USAID's Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance for the Food Security and Nutrition Security Teams through writing and editing action memos, talking points, and structured monitoring reviews. Gained a strong understanding of USG funding mechanisms, partner implementation, and technical support of the humanitarian and development sectors of geographic sectors.

Company: Macfadden/PAE

I worked there from 8/2018 until 9/2019

Content I Write