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Freelance Writing

Melody McDowell has been writing since she was a child and considers writing her first love and core strength. She continues to be a freelance writer and has penned articles for local and national publications including:

  • N'Digo
  • Minority Business USA
  • Today's Chicago Woman
  • Black Enterprise Magazine
  • Black Issues Book Review
  • Quirk's Marketing Research Review
  • Crain's Chicago Business

She also wrote for the now-defunct publications National Leader and Dollars & Sense Magazine.

Editors love working with Melody because she is thorough, her writing is thoughtful and accurate and she always keeps deadlines.

Clients also love working with MELODY’service because of her ability to make narratives and stories crackle, to clients’ delight. Jackson Park Hospital has called upon MELODY’service for years to write the bios of its honorees for its premiere fundraising gala.

Samples of her writing are available on request.

Crossword Puzzles

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MELODY'service has been retained to create special crossword puzzles for agencies, companies and individuals.

It has become a popular component of the business and is ideal for company newsletters, family reunions and for other needs, including marriage proposals.

You give us clues unique to your company or family and MELODY'service will create a puzzle tailored to your occasion.

Funeral Obituaries

When a client's wife died, MELODY'service was asked to write her life story rather than use the template often seen in funeral programs. The story MELODY'service crafted was poignant, and gave texture to her life that moved the family and made her homegoing meaningful, inspiring and so stirring that the occasion was forever etched in the family's memory.

Since then, MELODY'service has added this to the firm's offerings. In these assignments, MELODY'service works closely with the family to capture the life and essence of the loved one. These expressions of love are written with sensitivity and caring. These heartfelt stories also bring comfort to the family during their time of mourning. Where appropriate, MELODY'service creates a special poem for the occasion and makes suggestions on how to make the program unique and special. These touches enhance and add to the dignity and grace of the service. When her own parents died, Melody created heartfelt narratives for each, wrote poems, selected photos, oversaw the entire program by working with the printer and chronicled their lives …making the piece uplifting and beautifully designed. This made the program a keepsake everyone cherished and loved.

MELODY’service also oversees the writing and publication of newspaper and online notices regarding the loss.


MELODY'service writes profiles of clients that are moving, inspirational and interesting...certainly a far cry from formal biographical sketches or resumes


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