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Adele Simmons

Chestnut Lane Creative

Ottawa Area, ON
Experienced public speaker, available to talk to groups and associations about editors and editing.


  • Tom Fairley Award finalist (2012, 2020)

Editors Canada Volunteer Participation

  • Toronto Branch (2013, 2014, 2016, 2017)


     Adele Simmons is a full-time editor-writer-instructor, living in Arnprior–Renfrew–Calabogie area, Ontario. She has been editing and writing for decades, is a  2-time Tom Fairley Award Finalist (2012, 2020), and has won numerous writing awards. She is a certified AWA writing instructor and workshop facilitator and a certified workshop facilitator for the Writers’ Community of Durham Region (WCDR).

     Adele has edited diverse genres (journalism, biography, memoir, educational, motivational, marketing, how-tos, stage, children’s) in all print formats (books, magazines, newspapers, anthologies, textbooks, corporate, legal, clinical, and marketing materials).

     She is a published writer of journalism (newspapers, articles, and newsletters), plus educational materials and textbooks, advertising, memoir, stage scripts, video scripts, anthologies, magazines, poetry, performance craft, songwriting, and children’s television. 

     Adele’s work history includes: 

• Instructor at Durham College, Oshawa, in management programmes (3 years); 

• General manager at Cullen Gardens & Miniature Village, Whitby (8 years);

• Creative writing instructor at Courtice Seniors’ Centre (3 years); 

• Scriptwriter for CTS TV children's programming (1 year);

• Workshop/seminar Instructor/trainer (decades): writing, self-publishing, public speaking, creative performance arts, puppetry;

• Education and experience in mental health services and special education;

• Bachelor’s degree (Psychology Major, Biology Minor) and continuing education in mental health, writing, and editing; 

• Worked as special educator, programme director, and music therapist in village of group homes near Montreal, Quebec (10 years);

• Music teacher (various instruments), choral director, vocal coach, and band coach (decades);

• Professional singer/songwriter, recording artist, and musician since childhood;

• Volunteer Instructor for youth music programmes (decades).

Editorial Skills

  • Adaptations
  • Copy editing
  • Developmental or project editing
  • Layout and design
  • On-screen editing
  • Proofreading
  • Research and fact-checking
  • Rewriting
  • Structural and substantive editing
  • Stylistic editing
  • Writing


  • Academic books and monographs
  • Academic materials, general
  • Advertising and marketing materials
  • Anthologies
  • Booklets
  • Books, general
  • Books, self-published
  • Business materials, general
  • Conference materials
  • Correspondence
  • Educational materials, general
  • Guidebooks
  • Hand-written materials
  • In-house publications
  • Manuals and how-to books
  • Music notation
  • Newspapers
  • Periodicals, general
  • Plays and screenplays
  • Public relations materials
  • Speeches
  • Study guides
  • Teachers' guides
  • Textbooks, college and university
  • Trade non-fiction
  • Transcripts and minutes


  • Administration
  • Animals
  • Arts
  • Biography
  • Business
  • Canada
  • Communications
  • Ecology and environment
  • Entertainment
  • Family
  • Geography
  • Handicrafts
  • Health
  • History
  • Humanities, general
  • Labour and employment
  • Leisure, general
  • Lifestyles
  • Literature
  • Music
  • Outdoor recreation
  • Psychology and mental health
  • Religion and spirituality
  • Travel and tourism