Melissa holds a Master of Arts in Writing from the University of Technology, Sydney, a Diploma in Directing from the National Institute of Dramatic Art and a Bachelor of Education in Media Studies and Drama from Victoria College. Melissa has been a director for theatre companies nationwide. She has written and directed educational stage plays and had a novel, short stories, poems and articles published, plus short stage and radio plays produced. Melissa has taught graduate and postgraduate writing. Her consultancy provides coaching to a wide variety of professional, corporate, creative and general clients, to improve written and spoken word communications. Melissa’s career was significantly impacted by becoming a carer in 2012.