Member Profile

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'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. This book is currently being sold across stores in Windsor and Ontario as well as on-line at Amazon, Chapters and via my personal blog. In April 2013, I edited Black Moss Press' 'Whisky Sour City' - an anthology of poetry about the city of Windsor. And 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 already gone into a second printing! 

I have self-published four volumes of Poetry On Demand, based on live, interactive poetry-writing I do at festivals, events and in classrooms. 

My personal blog, which was nominated for the Canadian Weblog Awards 2011/12, is jam packed with information about me, my books, and all things writing in my life.

I am passionate about creative writing. This passion extends into classrooms and workshops alike. I teach various courses that I've created including The Writer's Process, The Odyssey Project, Memoir Part I-Unfolding Your Story, and Memoir Part II - Your Story Workshop Seminar. I mentor writers from various backgrounds and experience. 

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, the Pat Lowther Memorial Award for the League of Canadian Poetry as well as a jury member for Windsor Endowment for the Arts and BookFest Windsor.

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. 

I created and host a storytelling series called Mouth Piece Storytelling. For all the exciting details, please visit: 

I am a mother, freelance writer, and a film & television producer for Suede Productions (

Please visit my website: to get a taste of who I am and what I have to offer.

Phone number:
c/o Writers' Union of Canada


Laughing Through A Second Pregnancy. Black Moss Press, 2011
Poetry On Demand Volume I. Self, 2012
Poetry On Demand Volume 2. Self, 2013
Whisky Sour City. Black Moss Press, 2013
I Am That Woman. Black Moss Press, 2014
Poetry On Demand Volume 3. Self , 2013
Poetry on Demand - Tall Ships Edition. Self, 2013
Look At Her. Black Moss Press, 2016


Windsor Endowment for the Arts - Emerging Artist Grant for Grant, 2010
Ontario Arts Council Writer's Reserve for Grant, 2009-2016
Judge's Choice - The Arborealis Poetry Prize for The Ontario Poetry Society, 2014
Eligible for National Public Readings Program :


Presentation Description

Thank you for researching the WITS Program! It's a wonderful program that brings writers like myself into the classroom. I am super passionate about teaching students of all ages about the writing life - this can extend into all sorts of fun and inspiring workshops. In the past, I've done workshops on the following:

GRADE JK-1: SUESS & MUNSCH A WILD BUNCH!  - Reading of Dr. Suess and Robert Munsch books. Includes interactive reading whereby students participate in sound-making and imagination-building exercises.

GRADE 2/3: THE DAY THE CRAYONS CAME HOME - Reading 'The Day The Crayons Came Home' by Oliver Jeffers. Followed by a Q&A, and a short lesson on writing a letter. Includes a fresh new crayon for each student as well as a postcard. 

GRADE 4-6: POETRY ON DEMAND & WRITING WITH ART - I teach students my Poetry On Demand method of writing poetry using word blocks/word basket. Talk about writing poetry using the five senses and imagination. Talk about how poetry is all around us in music and advertising. I bring in posters of art work and offer writing exercises using the poster's images as our writing landscape. 

GRADE 7/8: THE WRITING LIFE & WRITING FOR YA AUDIENCE - I talk about my writing life; my process, when and why I write. What a writing life is like. I talk about what it's like to write poetry, be published, to self-publish, and how to find an agent. Includes reading excerpts from my YA novel, and talking about the process of idea generation, writing every day, reading every day. 

Presentation Length:
Half-day Or Full-day
Poetry/Young Adult/Memoir
JK - 12
Audience size:
Any (workshops can be catered to small or large groups)
Northern OAC WITS:
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GST not applicable