Ridgefield, Connecticut

Adele Annesi &

Word for Words, LLC

Est. 2010

Editing and writing services


Adele Annesi is an award-winning writer, editor and teacher, and a first-generation Italian-American with roots in the land of sunflowers. She is also a co-founder of the Ridgefield Writers Conference.


Adele is an award-winning writer and co-author of Now What? The Creative Writer's Guide to Success After the MFA.

Her articles, columns, posts, reviews and stories also appear in various venues, including 34th Parallel, Feile-Festa, Hamline University's Lit Link, Hersam Acorn Media, Hotmetalpress, Marco Polo Arts Magazine, Midway Journal, Miranda Literary Magazine, The Pittsburgh Quarterly and the Washington Independent Review of Books.

Adele's Italy stories have appeared in The Circle and the Italian-American literary journal Pyramid and anthologized for Chatter House Press and Fairfield University.

Adele's essay on Italian citizenship is part of the Clarion Award-winning Essays About Life Transitions by Women Writers, and her flash fiction has been adapted for the stage.


A former development editor for Scholastic Publishing and former managing editor of Southern Literary Review, Adele is a book editor specializing in evaluating, developing and editing full-length fiction and nonfiction projects for today's market via Word for Words, LLC.


Adele has served as a professor of writing and English at Naugatuck Valley Community College, where worked to inspire students toward a love of lifelong learning and their academic and vocational goals.

Adele has also taught intermediate and advanced ESL courses at the LVA School American English Institute, where she served as coordinator of the Student Internship Program for new teachers.

Having received her MFA in creative writing from Fairfield University, Adele leads workshops for the Westport Writers' Workshop.