Happy Spring, Writers!

We are bursting to announce our spring class roster! We’ve got two classes that will help cultivate and BLOOM your creative writing soul! Registrations are open! 


Five-Week Poetry Class
Thursdays from 6:30pm – 8:30pm
April 18, 25, May 2, 9, 16
Teacher: Vanessa Shields
Cost: $130.00



Four-Week Writing Class
Wednesdays from 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Week One – Poetry – May 29
Week Two – Poetry – June 5
Week Three – Fiction Scene – June 12
Week Four – Character Sketch – June 19
Teachers: Vanessa Shields & Alley Biniarz
Cost: $120.00



Oh The Love! Erotic Writing & More

We’ve been having a blast at Gertrude’s Writing Room this winter – feeling the love! Our Erotic Writing Workshop was very hot stuff! We learned about the history of erotic writing, we read erotic poetry and scenes from some of the world’s best erotica. And we wrote – oh boy, did we write! Turns out every can write erotica!

Our Powerful Prompts for Teens workshop was filled with love too – love of sweets, love of art, love of music, and love of writing. We gathered under the gentle and inspiring guidance of S. Rebecca Leigh for an afternoon of creative writing prompts and art making.

We’re heading into March and there some exciting workshops and classes that are still open for registration.

Comic Book Writing For Kids (Workshop) – CLICK HERE FOR INFO

The Prayer Box – Writing for Your Daily Spirit (Workshop) – CLICK HERE FOR INFO

The Original Stories – Writing out the Voices (Class) – CLICK HERE FOR INFO

Hope to see you at Gertrude’s Writing Room!

Beautifully Busy & A Note on the Weather!


February is love month and we’re not holding back offering an erotic writing workshop and a love poetry class! We hope you’re inspired to spread you love to the page!

January despite the wild weather and back-to-school busy-ness, we kept the space busy as well! The crew from Scribes & Songsters stopped by to film three interviews for their delightful show! Check out their facebook and social media because Gertrude’s Writing Room will also be on one of their episodes! Find out about how owner Vanessa Shields started dreaming about the special place that is Gertrude’s Writing Room! Thanks Scribes & Songsters!

Host of Scribes & Songsters Veronique Mandel in the space preparing for an interview.

If you’re interested in what it looks like to edit a manuscript – here’s part of the process! Laying out all the pages and focusing on order and balance. This is a children’s book manuscript. Have a project that needs editing? Click here to find out details about editing through Gertrude’s Writing Room.

What it looks like to edit a manuscript!

The Monsters, Aliens, Short Stories & Friends workshop was a massive hit! We’re planning another workshop led by Ben and Christian! Stay tuned!

Once again, our Laughter Yoga & Writing Workshop is SOLD OUT! Thank you so much everyone for registering! We will continue to offer this wonderful workshop so long as you keep giving us love for it!

And that NOTE ABOUT THE WEATHER! If you are registered for a class or workshop and it is cancelled, you will receive a phone call from Vanessa Shields to let you know. Otherwise, the class/workshop will go on as scheduled. Please allow extra travel time for safety!

Thanks for all you love, writers! See you soon!


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!