Classes · On Writing



Where: Bump Maternity + Baby 1719 Wyandotte – in the heart of Walkerville!

When: Sundays in July/August from 10am-12:30pm – See dates below beside workshop titles.

Cost: $50.00/workshop

1 workshop = $50.00

2 workshops = $90.00

3 workshops = $120.00

4 workshops = $160.00

5 workshops = $200.0 WHAT A DEAL!!!




TOPIC: Letter-writing

DATE: SUNDAY, JULY 10, 2011 10AM – 12:30PM

Led by: Vanessa Shields

Workshop length: 2.5 hours

Let’s put the pen to the paper and write a letter or two! This two-and-a-half hour writing workshop will give a brief history of letter-writing followed by time to write those letters you’ve been meaning to write. Whether it be a thank you note, a life catch-up letter or words of love that need to written – write it in this workshop! Please bring your own stationary and postage!

TOPIC: Timed Writing – Various Topics

DATE: SUNDAY, JULY 17, 2011 – 10AM- 12:30PM

Led by: Vanessa Shields

Workshop length: 2.5 hours

This two-and-a-half hour writing workshop is for those who just want to write! Writers will be given themes to write about in specifically allotted amounts of time. You’re guaranteed to get your creative juices flowing in this get down and dirty writing workshop!

TOPIC: From Writing What You Know to Writing What You Feel

One woman’s struggle to find her voice, reclaim her soul, and write it all down before she forgets it.

DATE: SUNDAY, JULY 24, 2011 – 10AM- 12:30PM

Led by: Penny-Anne Beaudoin

Workshop length: 2.5 hours

Using her own personal story Penny-Anne Beaudoin will detail how writing chooses the writer, how our own personal life experiences lead us and fit us to make our own unique contribution to the writing world. She will share the importance of research in non-fiction and fiction, and the importance of emotion in fiction and poetry. Learn about how it feels to be inspired and haunted, as Penny-Anne illustrates different points with selections from her work.

TOPIC: This Is Not A Poetry Workshop

DATE: SUNDAY, AUGUST 7, 2011 – 10AM- 12:30PM

Led by: Robert Earl Stewart

Workshop length: 2.5 hours

Forget what you thought you knew about poetry. It doesn’t matter what poetry is and isn’t—what matters is that you can create it yourself! Come and explore poetry as it exists in the world around you. Using every day things like photographs, magazines, music and old books, this workshop will have you writing poetry and experimenting with new creative techniques under the guidance of published poet Robert Earl Stewart.

TOPIC: Unleashing the Critic

DATE: SUNDAY, AUGUST 10, 2011 – 10AM- 12:30PM

Led by: Vanessa Shields

Workshop length: 2.5 hours

For those of us who hear those negative voices in our heads that hinder our creative spirits, this workshop is for you! Through various writing exercises, get the chance to face your critic on the page and unleash her for good!


Vanessa Shields

Vanessa Shields has a degree in Communication Studies (Hon) with a minor in English from the University of Windsor. She lives, writes and works in Windsor, Ontario with her true love (husband) Nick, and their children Jett and Miller. As a freelance writer, her words have been published in various local and national publications. Her first book, ‘Laughing Through A Second Pregnancy – A Memoir’ was published by Black Moss Press in April 2011. She teaches creative writing classes and workshop and she organizes writing retreats as often as she can. She is passionate about literary arts and creative expression.


Penny-Anne Beaudoin

Penny-Anne Beaudoin earned a Master’s Degree in Pastoral Ministry in 1997 and has published articles pertaining to religion and spirituality in several Canadian and American Journals. She was nominated for the Canadian Church Press Award in 2000. Her fiction has been published in Lorraine and James, Writers On Line, Ascent Aspirations, Flash Me, FreeFall Magazine, The Rose & Thorn, Skive Magazine, The Canadian Writers’ Journal and flashquake. She was nominated for the Push Cart Prize in 2005. Her poetry has appeared in The Windsor Review, On Spec Magazine, Quantum Muse, Room of One’s Own, Les Bonnes Fees, Membra Disjecta, and Doorways Magazine. She was nominated for the Rhysling Award for the year’s best speculative fiction in 2009. Both her short stories and poems have won or placed in a variety of competitions. holy cards: dead women talking is her first book publication. Penny-Anne lives in Amherstburg with her husband Tony and various figments of her imagination. She sings, has been known to preach on occasion, and tries not to think about the unfinished novel languishing in her desk drawer.


Rober Earl Stewart

Robert Earl Stewart’s first collection of poetry, Something Burned Along the Southern Border(Mansfield Press), was shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award. His poems have been published in journals in Canada, the U.S., and Great Britain. In 2010, he received the Windsor Endowment for the Arts’ grant for Emerging Artist in Literary Arts. Robert did his undergraduate studies in English at the University of Windsor, and received an M.A. in English Literature from McGill University. A journalist and photographer by trade, Robert instructed creative writing workshops at Mackenzie Hall for three years. His latest collection of poetry, Campfire Radio Rhapsody (Mansfield Press) was published in May 2011.