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Mel Barrett began her career in New York City writing screenplay coverage for independent film production companies such as Circle of Confusion before becoming a reality television and commercial producer, a screenwriter, a director, and a video editor in Los Angeles.


Mel has won a Student Academy Award, a New York International Film Festival Screenwriting Award, worked on the production team of an Emmy Award winning docu-reality series for the Discovery Network, and her written works have appeared in such anthologies and publications as, The April Perrenial, The Huffington Post, and GenX: In Our Own Words. 

After spending several years working in the studio system in Los Angeles, Mel is back on the east coast where she belongs, is a proud 'Villen of Somerville, Massachusetts, and continues to write scripts and novels. In early 2020, she began prepping to direct two short films: RESCUE DOG and PLAN B, both scripts she wrote. 

Mel  has workshopped her novels at Grub Street, the Loft Literary Center, and the Writer's Room of Boston. Most recently her novel, VIRAL, was a juried selection at The Work Conference in New York City and was published in 2016. 

If you're interested in scriptwriting consultation, film production consultation, script coverage, or to hire Mel to write your project, click here

If you have questions or would like to book her to speak at your campus, film club, or writer’s group, please email with SPEAKING as the subject header.

Thanks for taking the time out of your busy day to read a few of her words.