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Dennis York

SimplyWrite Communications

387 Montfort St.
Ottawa, ON K1L 5M9
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Dennis York - SimplyWrite Communications

I am a writer, editor, trainer and consultant, specializing in plain language communications.

I have written everything from website content, radio stories and scripts for multimedia CDs to magazine and textbook articles, marketing material, corporate brochures, training manuals and a plain language style guide. I have also published a novel and a book of poetry and photography with a small press. 

Editing and Rewriting
I have edited and/or rewritten everything from proposals, grant applications, government documents, training manuals, annual reports and curriculum documentation  to magazine and academic articles and advertising copy. 

Teaching and Training
I have taught communication skills, including business writing, grammar fundamentals, report writing and preparing and delivering presentations. 

My private, non-profit, business and government clients have included

-Mantle & Overall Communications
-Word Sculpture (Sweden)
-Association for Manufacturing Excellence
-G R Young Communications
-Algonquin College
-Performance Management Consultants
-Ottawa Citizen
Pearson Education Canada
-Harcourt Brace & Co.
-LanguEDGE Solutions
-Creative Force Communications
(Canada Council for the Arts)
-Audiosynchrasy (Agri-Food Canada)
-Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA)
-Department of Defence (DND)
-Canadian AIDS Society
-RCMP Canadian Firearms Program
-Public Safety Canada
-Transport Canada
-Office of the Correctional Investigator (OCI)
-Natural Resources Canada (NRCan)
-Council of Ministers of Education, Canada
-Lifesaving Society

I am listed in ProServices and registered with the federal government as a supplier of writing, editing, training and consulting services. I had a Standing Offer for Editing Services with Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) from June 2008 to June 2011. I am contracted to edit  documents for the Evaluation and Advisory sector of Transport Canada from June 2014 to March 31, 2015. I was a pre-qualified vendor of editorial services for Alberta Education from June 2012 to June 2014. I have security clearance.

Professional Associations
-I am a member of the Editors' Association of Canada.
- I was Chair of the Editors’ Association’s Professional Development Committee for the Ottawa branch from 2006 to 2010.
-I was on the Editorial Advisory Committee of Carleton University Magazine from 2005 to 2009.

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Editorial Skills

  • Copy editing
  • On-screen editing
  • Plain language
  • Proofreading
  • Rewriting
  • Structural and substantive editing
  • Stylistic editing
  • Writing


  • Academic materials, general
  • Academic papers and essays
  • Advertising and marketing materials
  • Brochures
  • Business materials, general
  • Conference materials
  • Correspondence
  • E-materials, general
  • Educational materials, general
  • Fiction
  • Grant applications and fundraising
  • Magazines
  • Manuals and how-to books
  • Multimedia
  • Periodicals, general
  • Proposals and evaluations
  • Résumés and CVs
  • Websites


  • Biography
  • Business
  • Communications
  • Government
  • Grammar and linguistics
  • Industry and technology, general
  • Literature
  • Sciences, general
  • Society, general
  • Transportation