Our Creative Staff

Owner – Vanessa Shields

Vanessa Shields is the owner of Gertrude’s Writing Room. She’s living her dream of welcoming writers into a creative, safe, fun place to learn, share and write, write, write! Follow her on her blog! www.vanessashields.com.

Creativity Assistant – Alley Biniarz

Alley Biniarz is a flurry of joyful energy and creativity power! As Creativity Assistant, Alley helps organize workshops, classes, events as well as teach them! She is our social media guru and helps keep the biz buzzin’! She is a first-generation Polish-Canadian writer. She is a lady with big thoughts and big dreams, many of them are a product of her English Literature degree. She tried honing in on her scatterbrain by pursuing a degree (and career) in journalism but it just made her love for creative writing grow. She is now an occasional feature writer and essayist but has found her way back to poetry and short fiction. In her writing, she explores the themes of consent, religious upbringing, Polish/European superstitions, division of self/home, and love – always love.