Melissa Wyse

Connecticut, United States

Member Since: 08/22/2012

Melissa is a fiction and non-fiction writer based in New England. She has been awarded Fellowships at the MacDowell Colony, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and Ragdale, and she holds a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from American University.  She is the recipient of an Individual Artist Ruby Grant from the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance, and her work has appeared in publications including ShenandoahUrbanite, and decomP. She is currently completing a collection of short fiction set in World War II Hawaii titled Moon Over Sand Island

Melissa has worked in the arts, education, and community-building for over ten years.  She is the founder and director of Idlewild Arts, a small arts organization that connects writers, artists, and arts appreciators with creative space and community. Idlewild Arts hosts the annual Idlewild Writers Retreat in New England in the fall. Previously, Melissa served as the Director of Development & Community Engagement for the Howard County Arts Council outside of Baltimore and as the Lead Community Resources Coordinator for Erickson Living’s flagship Charlestown Community.  She has taught writing and literature for many years, at organizations including the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth, Pomfret School, American University, SpiderSmart, and Writopia.  She leads workshops for writers of all ages and provides consultation and coaching services. 

You can learn more about Melissa’s work at


Twitter Username: @melissa_wyse


  • "Paradise" , Shenandoah (2013)
  • "Villain or Victim?" , Urbanite (2010)
  • "Artists Paint in Threes" , decomP (2010)


  • Fellow, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts(2015)
  • Ruby Grant, Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance(2014)
  • Fellow, MacDowell Colony(2012)
  • Myra Sklarew Award(2012)


  • Director at Idlewild Arts


  • Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from American University (May 2012)
  • Bachelor of Arts in English from Rutgers College (May 2004)

Genres of Interest

Fiction, Creative nonfiction