With a B.A., Cum Laude, in French Drama, a circuitous route took author/screenwriter Melanie Mitzner through Charleston, Cambridge, Provincetown, Key West and Nice to New York where she studied drama and screenwriting at the New School, N.Y.U. and privately under Meade Roberts, who adapted for the screen Tennessee Williams' plays. She also studied fiction through the University of Iowa's International Writing Program.
Her novel Slow Reveal was a finalist in the Heekin Group Foundation James Fellowship. An excerpt of her novel Too Good to Be True was published in the Harrington Quarterly (2006). She was awarded an Edward Albee Fellowship for her play Personal Effects. Her screenplay Dodge and Burn was a finalist in the Writers Guild East Foundation Fellowships. In the Name of Love and Out to Lunch were finalists in the Houston Film Festival Screenwriting Competition. She received a fellowship from M.E.T. Theater and fiction grants from Vermont Studio Center and Summer Literary Seminars. As a journalist in tech and broadcasting, she covered television production and visual effects for the trades. She freelanced for Wine Spectator, The Spirit World and the groovy mind blog. As a content strategist, she’s contributed to numerous websites and blogs.
In 2005, along with Nicke Gorney, she launched The Groovy Mind, one of the nation’s first organic, Fair Trade online stores, to educate and encourage consumers to shop for sustainable and socially responsible goods. As an activist, she does what’s humanly possible in the fight for political, social and economic justice.
A member of PEN, English Language Arts Network, Québec Writers Federation and Freelancers Union, she lives with her overactive imagination in Montréal and New York.