Spring Workshops & More!


Hello Writers! Spring has sprung! Thank you for visiting Gertrude’s Writing Room over the fall and winter months – we’ve got many exciting workshops in store for the spring!

We look forward to gathering with you to write, read and share delicious snacks!

Here are our spring workshops. Registration is opened for all!


Friday, May 24, 2019
6pm – 8:30pm
Gertrude’s Writing Room
Teachers: Janice Smith & Vanessa Shields
Cost: $40.00


THE WRITING PARENT – Blogging, Books & More
Saturday, June 1, 2019
1pm – 4pm
Gertrude’s Writing Room
Teachers: Shelley Haggert
Cost: $45.00


WRITE YOUR BODY RIGHT – Using Your Body As Writing Inspiration
Saturday, June 8, 2019
12pm – 3pm
Gertrude’s Writing Room
Cost: $50.00
Teachers: Vanessa Shields & Lucy Rosu
A portion of the cost will be donated to the Bulimia, Anorexia Nervosa Association (BANA) of Windsor


RAISE YOUR VOICE – Identifying Your Writing Voice
Saturday, June 22, 2019
1pm – 3pm
Gertrude’s Writing Room
Teacher: Alley Biniarz
Cost: $30.00


L-R: Samantha Badaoa, Marty Gervais, Mary Ann Mulhern. Photo credit: Miller Shields
Photo credit: Miller Shields
Photo credit Miller Shields
Photo credit Miller Shields

We’ll see you soon for tea!

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!

Laughter Yoga – So Much Fun!

We had another session of Laughter Yoga & Writing at the end of January – on the coldest day in history, as a matter of fact!!! It was a kinda perfect workshop to have as laughing MAKES YOU NICE AND WARM! Twelve of us gathered around the table to laugh and write! We shared in some delicious healthy (and some sweet!) treats and sipped warm tea and coffee.

Remember: the brain doesn’t know the different between real laughter and fake laughter – so laugh away and you’ll burn calories, get your blood flowing and keep your brain active and intelligent!

We will be holding another Laughter Yoga & Writing Workshop in the spring. So stay tuned…and until then – keep laughing!

Laughter Yoga coach Janice Smith!

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!

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!!