Monsters, Aliens, Short Stories & Friends Workshop Pics!

A major snowfall dumped onto our humble city on Saturday, but it didn’t stop us from braving the roads to get to Gertrude’s Writing Room for the Monsters, Aliens, Short Stories & Friends writing workshop led by Ben Van Dongen and Christian Laforet.

A big thank you to Ben and Christian for a stellar job teaching us about writing genre fiction and how important a writing friendship can be for our careers! Thanks to the writers who came as well – for braving the snowy roads! We had inspiring conversations and tried our hands at writing something new – always great things for writers!

And, yes, if you’re wondering, Ben and Christian will be back leading other workshops in the future! Stand by!


I was (and am!) so grateful to receive a big fat package over the holidays filled with thank-you letters from some of the students who I spoke to about writing at Northwood Public Elementary School.

My heart is still bursting with thanks! I got all teared up when I read the letters…they are so sweet and inspiring!

Thank you Northwood!!

Powerful Prompts – our final Fall Workshop!

Hello writers! Thank you so much for all your love and support thus far! We’ve had tremendous turn-outs for workshops and slow-but-steady registration for classes! Slowly but surely, you are spreading the word about Gertrude’s Writing Room – and we appreciate it very much! We also understand the incredible magic that is ‘timing’ – so stay connected to our website and be sure to tell us if you’d like to be added to our e-blasts (we blast at least once a week with all the inspiration and motivation you need to register for a workshop or class!) – we know that the writing stars will align and you’ll make it to the workshop or class you’ve been meaning to get to!

Our final workshop of the fall season is coming up on Friday, November 30th from 6pm – 8pm. Our special guest workshop leader S. Rebecca Leigh is bursting to meet you all and get you writing, writing and writing some more! Our Powerful Prompts Writing Workshop will have you writing – a lot. Pulling from her expertise and her book, ‘Wounded Writers Ask: Am I Doing It Write’, Leigh will have you reaching deep into your soul and writing heart with unique writing prompts.

The cost is $40.00. Pre-registration to confirm you spot is necessary. This workshop is filling up and will be capped at 10. Please bring your laptop if you prefer to write directly on a computer – otherwise, we’ll supply a journal and pen, and of course, the powerful prompts, for you!


Winter Workshops Announced! Fall Workshops Open for Registration!


Greetings writers! We hope you’re enjoying this crispy Fall season – that you’re snuggling up with your favourite books, watching cool films, and figuring out how to make time to register for any (or all!) of our incredible workshops and classes!

Next up, our Everything You Need to Know About NaNoWriMo Workshop is on Friday, October 26th, 2018. Join Windsor’s NaNoWriMo Liaison Mahnoor Javed and Vanessa Shields for loads of free giveaways, writing exercises, tips on how to hit that 50k word-count, and everything you need to know about National Novel Writing Month – that begins November first.

Click here for all the juicy details! 

Our Laughter Yoga & Writing Workshop has two spots left! REGISTER NOW!

If you’re looking for a place to come and write your hear out – Gertrude’s Writing Room is here for you! On November 30th, author and literacy professor S. Rebecca Leigh will lead ‘Power Prompts’ – a two-hour, writing intensive workshop. Come into our unique space and be prompted to write, write, write.

Click here to commit to writing for two hours in this workshop! 

Winter Workshops are open for registration!

A new year will roll in soon – follow your writing heart and register for a workshop that will begin your year with words!

Click here for our Winter Workshop information!


Give the gift of writing inspiration! Click here for details on how to purchase a gift certificate!

May creative writing continue to fill your heart!


Please note: there has been a change in the Fall class offerings. Tell Your Story – The Magic of Memoir has been cancelled (we’ll offer it a later date!). Due to high demand for fiction writing – have added the following class. 

Please click HERE for the Four for Fiction class information.

We hope to see you there! Please share with your friends!

Let’s write that novel, shall we?

TOPS Members Receive $10.00 Discount on all Poetry Workshops/Classes!


All members of The Ontario Poetry Society will receive a

$10.00 discount on any poetry class or workshop!

Thank you so much to Bunny and the Ontario Poetry Society

family for offering this generous discount!

Please take some time to find out more about The Ontario Poetry Society! If you are not a member, consider becoming one! The benefits are pretty darn great!