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Shelley Banks


  • Shelley Banks is a poet, editor, journalist, fiction writer, photographer and blogger.

    Her poetry collection, Exile on a Grid Road, was published by Thistledown Press in Fall 2015. Her short stories and poems have appeared in leading Canadian literary magazines, and her articles in newspapers and trade, consumer and corporate publications across Canada. Shelley holds an MFA in Creative Writing and an MA in Journalism.

    In addition to extensive newspaper writing and editing experience, Shelley has also worked in senior corporate communications roles. As a photographer, her focus is on Saskatchewan birds and wildflowers, which she features in her nature blogs.

    Shelley has lived in Vancouver, Montreal and Ottawa — and also in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands — and is now based in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada.

    If you’d like to learn more, please visit, or contact


  • Fiction » Literary
  • Non-Fiction » Journalism
  • Poetry » Literary

Professional Services

  • Business/Corporate/Government Writing » Brochures, Newsletters, Speech Writing
  • Editing » Copyediting, Proofreading, Stylistic Editing, Substantive/Structural Editing, Web-based/Online Editing
  • Electronic/Online Media » Web Site Writing, Blogging, Blogging
  • Journalism » Editorials, Feature Writing, Interviews, Photojournalism, General Interest/Consumer Magazines, Trade/Special Interest Magazines, Newspapers, Newspapers
  • Media/Public Relations » Media Releases, Public Service Announcements (PSA)
  • Teaching/Instruction » Professional Development Workshops


  • Exile on a Grid Road. Thistledown Press, 2015
  • Short Fiction. Grain Magazine, Spring, Transition,
  • Creative Non-fiction. Room of One's Own,
  • The Lucky Ones (essay in Eating Apples, Knowing Women's Lives). NeWest Press,
  • Poetry. CV2, Carousel, Room, Other Voices, The Antigonish Review, The Society, Spring,


  » Newspaper, Magazine, & Trade Journal
  • Canadian Government Executive
  • Freelance
  • Homemaker's
  • Homes and Cottages
  • Interest (Royal Bank employee magazine)
  • Posidonia Business (UK)
  • The Globe and Mail
  • The Montreal Gazette
  • The Observer (United Church of Canada)
  • The Vancouver Sun
  • Trade and Commerce

Workshops Offered

  • Beyond Snaps: Introduction to Photography
    • Group Size:
      • 1-10
      This workshop focuses on visual storytelling for creative photography, aka exposing and composing great shots. Other areas that can be explored include the varying demands of print and online publications, the colours of light, and camera formats.
  • Blogging
    • Group Size:
      • 1-15
      With several blogs and a wide range of blogging interests, from Saskatchewan writers and scenery, to birds, wildflowers, and photography, I've studied what works, and why. To date, I have close to 80,000 visits and 120,000 page views, and those stats increase dramatically year over year. Learn how to get started on your blog now, whether as a standalone place to share ideas, or as part of your professional writing website.
  • Marketing for Writers
    • Group Size:
      • 1-15
      This workshop explores the critical questions you'll need to answer in order to take a strategic approach to marketing yourself and your writing. Taught by a creative writer with a background in freelancing and corporate communications, this workshop will provide a useful tool kit to get you started on promoting your work.
  • The Family Quilt
    • Group Size:
      • 5-20
      Bring colour and passion to your family history projects with this new patchwork approach to telling your stories. Taught by a professional writer and amateur genealogist who has researched many of her family lines back to the late 1700s, and one line back 12 generations to the mid-1500s.
  • Writing for Healing
    • Group Size:
      • 1-10
      This workshop looks at the healing power of creative writing to reimagine the past, and transform losses into art through language, poetry and story.

Audience Age Groups

    • Adults
    • Secondary School (10-12)
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