Melinda Clynes

Freelance Writer

For 25 years I’ve worked as a freelance writer, providing communications/editorial expertise for organizations. I also write and edit features. The business and journalism aspects of my work each bring different challenges and rewards.

My for-profit and nonprofit portfolio includes web content, newsletters, brochures, video scripts, leader bios/profiles, press releases, and annual reports. Current and past clients include a host of great companies, from public relations agencies to land conservancies to graphic design houses, staffing firms and food banks.

Being a freelancer suits me well, as I like having many plates in the air! I'd love to learn about what you do and see how we might work together.

United States of America


Client Work

Coffee table book honoring veterans

Strategic Staffing Solutions

Stories of veterans who now have civilian careers at Strategic Staffing Solutions

2017 Annual Report

Orchards Children's Services

Stories of courage, tales of triumph

Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy

Green Philanthropists

Crucial role of interim buyers in land protection

Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy

2015 Annual Report

Community saves an 80-acre farm from development on Old Mission Peninsula, page 4

Yankee Air Museum

Approaches Magazine

A history of barnstorming and how the Yankee Air Museum is bringing back the thrill of open-cockpit flying

Fair Food Network

Small Plates: Five Personal Stories of Food Insecurity

Personal stories of food insecurity and its causes, effects

Stories & Features

Model D

Detroit's mother entrepreneurs

Five women entrepreneurs tackle the challenges of growing a business while creating healthy, stable, happy families

HOUR Detroit

Northern Light

Rev. Joan Ross works to stabilize families in Detroit's North End 

Mode Shift

Promoting kid bike power in Flint

Angela Stamps finds rewards in getting Flint kids on bikes

Mode Shift

Crossing the Rouge River

Problem solving begins in nature


48 Hours In Dearborn

In Dearborn, the local Ram's Horn advertises Halal meat and and old Dawn Donuts' A-frames transform into falafel stands overnight

Michigan Nightlight

Speaking up, speaking out

Youth organizing and advocating for change


Cafe in Ferndale serves people and cats

At Ferndale's Catfe Lounge, cat lovers get their fix while homeless cats find refuge

Model D

Fighting food insecurity for Detroit's young children

Getting broccoli onto the highchair

Model D

Healing a student body: restorative practices in Detroit

Nurturing relationships among students, teachers and community


Encouraged to Think, Create, Write

Young fiction writers find inspiration in the basement of Ypsilanti District Library