Melanie Bishop

Writing, Teaching, Editing, Retreats

Lexi Services

Lexi is the name of my freelance business.

lexi – [lek-see] noun, Greek for “word”.

word – [wurd] noun, a unit of language; (slang) 1. well-said; 2. said in agreement; 3. can be used as a greeting.

Lexi  Services include:

  • Individual or group classes in Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Memoir and Screenwriting
  • Tutoring
  • Editing/Manuscript Consulting
  • Guidance/instruction/inspiration
  • Hosting retreats
  • Proofreading
  • Anything  else you might need in the way of help with language or writing–creating content, getting started with your book project, seeing it through to completion, revising, and finally marketing.

RATES: Editing/Manuscript Consultation: $100/hour

Former students from Prescott College receive a substantial discount. Contact Melanie for details.

Former students from community classes and writing retreats in Carmel, receive a discount for one year following their participation in class/retreat.

Rates for classes, retreats,  and other services vary. Inquire by email at

BIO: Melanie Bishop has taught writing or led creative writing retreats in Arizona’s Sierra Ancha Wilderness, At Paolo Soleri’s Arcosanti (, in the Cycladic Islands of Greece, and, now, on the Monterey Peninsula in Carmel-by-the-Sea.

Bishop recently took early retirement from Prescott College, where she was on the creative writing faculty for twenty-two years, and was founder and editor of Alligator Juniper, the college’s award-winning, national literary magazine. Melanie holds an MFA in Fiction from the University of Arizona, and was awarded a  screenwriting fellowship from the Chesterfield Writers’ Film Project, co-sponsored by Universal Studios and Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment. The Makeover, a screenplay written during the fellowship year, later went on to place in America’s Best Screenplay Competition.

Bishop’s young adult novel, My So-Called Ruined Life, (Torrey House Press, 2014) was named a top-five finalist in both the Firecracker Awards, sponsored by Council of Literary Magazines & Presses, and the John Gardner Award in Fiction, sponsored by University of Binghamton. She’s also published short fiction and nonfiction in Glimmer Train, Georgetown Review, Greensboro Review, Florida Review, Potomac Review, Valley Guide, Hospice Magazine, Puerto del Sol, The American and Family Circle.

Currently, Melanie enjoys writing, teaching, and leading retreats in Carmel, California.  She’s at work on Book Two of the Tate McCoy Series, and reviews books for Carmel Magazine, Huffington Post and New York Journal of Books.

I’ve had many things published over the years, mostly non-fiction and have always enjoyed the process of being edited for the simple reason that it almost always improves the piece.  In this case, a much longer work than I’ve ever had edited, the process was that much more enjoyable, as it confirmed the general quality of what I’ve crafted and has set me intelligently on to the next step and level of preparing this thing for (hopeful) publication. –Rabbi Phil Cohen, Hendersonville, NC


2 thoughts on “Lexi Services

  1. Hello my name is Janae Harris. I’m 24 years old and from New Orleans, LA. I have always been interested in writing books. I even have some stories that I wrote & would love for it to get on a screen. Before I get to that point I would love to write a book about my life. I need help on starting & getting it published once I finish. I already have the topics I want to write about. Please get back with me. Thank you 🙂

    • Hi Janae! Thanks for your note. I am also from New Orleans. Lived there from age 3 to age 16 and still have lots of friends there. I’d be happy to discuss with you the options, how I work with clients, etc. Send me an email at and I can get you on my calendar for this fall. Best, Melanie

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