Celebrity Judging for Rotary StorySlam!

This is hot off the press…

I’ll be a celebrity (teeheee!!) judge at the Windsor/St.Clair Rotary’s Story Slam. The theme is Serendipity – and isn’t it totally serendipitous that the Guest Host is none other than the completely fabulous Dameon Wilburn! I just shared The Moth stage with her earlier this month when we both shared a story about ‘movies’. Dameon won the competition with a stomach-breakingly hilarious story about Dark (Black) Vader. Amazing! Be sure to come on out for the exciting event!


Author Shields to Judge Rotary Story Slam


Windsor – Author and host of Mouth Piece Storytelling Vanessa Shields will be featured as a celebrity judge for the Rotary Club of Windsor –St. Clair’s upcoming Story Slam.


“Storytelling is at the heart of all wonderful human interaction,” says Shields. “Sharing stories is a necessity! It teaches us love, patience, wisdom and, of course, helps us laugh. It’s an honour to be a judge at the Rotary StorySlam.”


Shields’ first book, Laughing Through A Second Pregnancy – A Memoir, was published by Black Moss Press in 2011 to rave reviews.   I Am That Woman, her first book of poetry, was published in January 2014.  Her poetry, short stories and photography have been published in various literary magazines. She mentors, guest speaks and teaches creative writing, and launched her Mouth Piece series in June, 2015.


“We are so excited to have Vanessa as a celebrity judge for this event,” says John Weese, President of Rotary Club of Windsor St. Clair.   “She has also agreed to kick of the evening by sharing a story of her own.  Having had Vanessa as a guest speaker at our Club, we know we will be delighted and entertained.”


This event will be held on Saturday, March 5, 2016 at Raindance Arts Centre, 716 Pelissier.  Guests can enjoy dinner and the show for $40 beginning at 6:30pm, or attend the show only for $10 beginning at 8:00pm.  Tickets are available online athttps://rotarystoryslam.eventbrite.ca.   Those who wish to compete should prepare a true, five-minute story about themselves that relate to the theme of Serendipity.  At the event, ten people will randomly be chosen to tell their story in five minutes.


“It’s a passion of mine to tell and listen to stories,” Shields adds.  “I can’t wait to experience how serendipity has touched the lives of the storytellers!”


Rotary is the world’s largest service organization with 1.2 million members.  The Rotary Club of Windsor St. Clair is comprised of about 35 members from around the Essex region dedicated to improving our local and worldwide communities by undertaking projects to address hunger, health, literacy, promote physical activity, and provide support to the financially disadvantaged in our community.  Some of the club’s projects include the Ganatchio Trail, the region’s first boundary-free playground in the Town of Tecumseh, the Rotary Roundabout at Manning Road, Wake Up Windsor/Get a Working Smoke Alarm, and RELAY, which has built and refurbished five schools in Africa.

Media Contact:                 Danielle Breault Stuebing

Public Relations Officer



John Weese





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