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Vanessa Shields

Vanessa Shields

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Hello! Vanessa, here. Thanks for stopping by! I hope you find my profile informative. Be sure to send me a message if you have any questions or if you're interested in working together! I teach full or half-day writing workshops in the elementary and secondary school system as well as guest lectures in post-secondary institutions. I will travel for workshops and events. I am wide open for collaborations and would love to have a conversation with you about your creativity dreams - and bringing them to life in a presentation, workshop, class or mentorship. I have a zoom account and will connect over any virtual platform. 

I am the owner of Gertrude's Writing Room - A Gathering Place for Writers, Windsor's only creative writing school. I offer writing workshops and classes as well as editing and mentoring. Workshops include but are not limited to: poetry, fiction, comic book writing, spiritual writing. Classes include but are not limited to: poetry, fiction, memoir, ekphrasis and prompt-work. 

I'm a writer, through-and-through. Have been since I was a child scribbling poetry and happenings in my first journal. I have three books published by Black Moss Press. The first, a memoir entitled 'Laughing Through A Second Pregnancy - A Memoir' was published in April 2011. In April 2013, I edited Black Moss Press' 'Whisky Sour City' - an anthology of poetry about the city of Windsor. In January 2014, 'I Am That Woman', my first book of poetry, was published, again by Black Moss Press. It has since gone into a third printing it is selling so well! September 2016 marked the launch of my second collection of poetry, entitled 'Look At Her'. It has gone into a third printing.  In April 2021, my new collection of poetry, 'Thimbles' was published by Palimpsest Press. It was listed as one of CBC Books' Spring Poetry books to read. 

I have self-published four volumes of Poetry On Demand, based on live, interactive poetry-writing I do at festivals, events and in classrooms. A collection of children's clerihew poetry entitled 'From A to Ziffery Zanks' was self-published in 2019. Gertrude's Writing Room published at least one anthology a year. In 2020, we published our first collection entitled 'Words Gathered'. Our second anthology, 'Love - Words Gathered' was published in 2021. Our third collection, dedicated to poetry on the theme of community, will publish in late 2021. 

I created and hosted a storytelling competition series called Mouth Piece Storytelling. I partner with local businesses/non-profits for special events and fundraising. My personal blog is jam packed with information about me, my books, and all things writing in my life.

In 2021, I wrote a poem a day, a dedicated poetry-writing practice that challenged me to write every day.  My words and photography have been published by The Windsor Review, Polar Expressions, The Windsor Star, VerseAFire, and Write Magazine.

I have been a jury member for the Ontario Arts Council Works-in-Progress Grant and the festivals and readings grant, the Pat Lowther Memorial Award and the Gerald Lampert Award for the League of Canadian Poetry as well as a jury member for Windsor Endowment for the Arts, BookFest Windsor, Literary Arts Windsor and Arts, Culture & Heritage Fund. I have also been a jury member for the Atlantic Books Awards and the Saskatchewan Book Awards. I do peer reviews for the writers' union. 

I am ready and willing to guest speak in your classroom, at your conference or at your event. Please contact me for further information on lecture themes, Poetry On Demand or other creative writing opportunities.  And... I am a mother, freelance writer, and a film & television producer for Suede Productions. I look forward to sharing creative writing with you! 

Email:
shieldsvanessa@gmail.com
City:
Windsor
Province:
Ontario
Genre:
Poetry, Memoir, Fiction, Children's Books
I write professionally in the following language(s):
English
Eligible for National Public Readings Program:
Yes

WITS

Are you available for public presentations and/or workshops:
Yes
Presentation Description

I have done many different presentations over the years. From luncheons on literacy to workshops on voice with writers with disabilities, I am open to collaboration and connecting with you to create a presentation that suits your event/goals. 

For a taste of what I've done in the past, please visit this link: https://vanessashields.com/hire-me/

Presentation Length:
45 minutes up to 3 hours - will do workshops over more than one day, if interested
Genre:
Poetry, Fiction, Creativity, Memoir, Idea Generation
Grades:
I can adapt my presentations to meet the age/reading level/grade needed, including shifting presentations to match curriculum.
Audience Size:
Any
Presenation:
$100/ 1 hour up to $400 for full day. Price is negotiable.
Workshop Description:

I have been leading workshops for over twenty-five years! I am open to creating a workshop(s) that suit your creative needs! I have taught workshops in the following genres: Poetry, Fiction, Creativity, Memoir, Idea Generation, Intuition, National Novel Writing Month, Structure/Organization, Writing for Children, Journal Writing, Editing, How to Start a writer's group, Offering Feedback/Salon-style workshops, Voice...and many more!

Workshop Length:
1 hour up to full-day(s)
Workshop Intended Audience:
I can adapt my presentations to meet the age/reading level/grade needed, including shifting presentations to match curriculum.
Workshop Audience Size:
Any
Workshop Fee:
$100/ 1 hour up to $400 for full day. Price is negotiable.
Are you available for school visits?:
Yes
School Presentation Description:

I have been leading workshops for over twenty-five years! I am open to creating a workshop(s) that suit your creative needs! I have taught workshops in the following genres: Poetry, Fiction, Creativity, Memoir, Idea Generation, Intuition, National Novel Writing Month, Structure/Organization, Writing for Children, Journal Writing, Editing, How to Start a writer's group, Offering Feedback/Salon-style workshops, Voice...and many more!

School Presentation Length:
45 minutes up to 3 hours - will do workshops over more than one day, if interested
School Intended Audience:
I can adapt my presentations to meet the age/reading level/grade needed, including shifting presentations to match curriculum.
School Audience Size:
Any
School Presentation Fee:
$100/ 1 hour up to $400 for full day. Price is negotiable.
Interested in participating in the Union’s Ontario Writers-in-the-Schools program:
Yes
Interested in participating in the Northern Ontario WITS program:
Yes