by Shannon Marshall

by Shannon Marshall

by Shannon Marshall

Centrepiece Writing Studio - Shannon Marshall - Victoria, BC

What would you say if you had just the right words?

Centrepiece Writing Studio offers bespoke, hand-crafted messages that help people connect.

With a special flare for showcasing your unique style and voice, Centrepiece provides everything you need to ace your next speech, profile or creative project. Together we got this!

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... Toasts, Vows & Eulogies

You know what you want to say - maybe you’ve even got notes - but it’s just not coming together. I can help.

I meet you wherever you are in your process, tailoring your custom, from-the-heart message in your own voice, inspired by your own words and reflecting your own style. You show up and nail it!

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... Portrait Bios

Sometimes it’s hard to toot our own horn and still keep it real. From sharply succinct to feature-length, I write authentic profiles that build trust.

By getting to know you personally and understanding your values, your approach and your edge, I showcase the most capable, confident version of yourself.

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... Creative Projects

I get it. You need writing with momentum; succinct but not abrupt. You want copy that moves - moves your clients and moves your product.

Let’s ignite your brand's true voice, and give your content some oomph . You bring the challenge, I bring the energy!

All proposals considered.

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Happy thoughts from happy clients

“Your words have touched more people than you can imagine, and everyone commented on how you managed to capture not only [my brother’s] larger than life presence but the grief that we are all feeling with him gone. You have an amazing talent to be able to translate thoughts and emotions into words. Thank you so much for this.”
- Devra, Lethbridge, AB
“Wow... You have nailed it! I got the chance to review your speech and I am honestly speechless. I asked two other writers for some inspiration, but your version is definitely the best. I really love it! Centrepiece definitely exceeded my high expectations.”
- Nicolas, Seoul, South Korea
“Thank you Shannon for putting into words what many of us are feeling. Thank you for sharing your talents to help us all heal.”
- Rodney, Red Deer, AB
“Shannon was able to sift through pages of raw emotions to find a theme/format for my dad’s tribute at his memorial. It allowed me to truly honour [him] in front of a packed room of family and loving friends.  I didn’t realize until then how important it was for me to be able to do that - it allowed me to move forward in my grieving process and start to find some peace. I will be forever grateful.”
- Sarah, Vernon, BC
“I can’t thank you enough for your loving words. A light in our lives went out when we lost our sweet son.”
- Bev, Lethbridge, AB
“Outstanding results from Shannon. Every time. Highly recommend!”
- Brian, Kelowna, BC
“Shannon is a great listener and a smart and sensitive writer. She doesn't waste a word - and yet says everything that needs to be said. Highly recommend!!”
- Hope, Victoria, BC
“Shannon, I am deeply touched by your articulate words… You are a true gem!”
- Brandon, Lethbridge, AB
“You bring fresh eyes to our world, Shannon. We need you.”
- Cathy, Edmonton, AB
“Best money I spent all day!”
- Melissa, Victoria, BC
“Shannon’s saved my bacon with her copywriting on a number of projects, and I keep coming back for more. When I think of working with her, I remember things like: her attention to detail, her confident grasp of different voices, her empathy, her A+ professional attitude and reliable delivery... and Shannon is also a joy to talk to and brainstorm with, so that's a bonus!”
- Marleen, Sooke, BC
“I found Shannon to be an amazing caring person. She always ensured I was comfortable with anything she wrote. It was a joy working with her.”
- Eric, Edmonton, AB
“I was blown away by your piece. I felt the same way.”
- Tyson, Calgary, AB
“Your thoughtful approach and gracious style are one in a million Shannon! Thanks for being you. You inspire me to do better and be better.”
- Theresa, Victoria, BC
“I want to take a moment to thank you for your very well-written communications. You do a spectacular job every time! Thanks so much!”
- Trish, Winnipeg, MB
“Shannon reworked my writing into a product I could be proud of. I appreciate her confidence and skill.  She was able to reword and work my draft to eloquently reflect my meaning without taking away from my style of writing or personality. Thank you Shannon!”
- Amie, Victoria, BC
“Shannon helped to guide me on a path of self discovery in order to create my unique professional bio. She was thorough, thought provoking, and a fantastic listener throughout the entire process. I strongly encourage anyone who is looking for a similar service to engage with Shannon and utilize her creativity and expertise!”
- Scott, Victoria, BC
“Shannon was very professional in a warm and thoughtful way. I highly recommend Shannon for her ability to be practical yet creative.”
- Chris, New Orleans, LA

“Shannon - Your ability to actively listen and un-muddle complex ideas into proposals and messages that truly resonate is inspiring!  

Thank you for your thoughtful and sincere approach!”

- Theresa, Victoria, BC
“I really enjoyed your presentation this week. Not only was the material very well put together, but your presentation skills were excellent – as they typically are whenever I see you deliver something. I am envious of your ability to speak so fluently and with such ease on the topics you cover. I had several other people remark similarly on the presentation.”
- Patrick, Victoria, BC

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A huge part of my writing process is done without a pen in hand (or fingers on keyboard).  It’s about deep listening and observing without judgment.  If you’re interested in knowing a little more about me, how I see the world, and — by extension — how I write, read on.

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Shannon Marshall

Centrepiece Writing Studio - Shannon Marshall - Victoria, BC

As a writer for more than 20 years, I specialize in helping people connect. I’ve written speeches for cabinet ministers and web copy for astronauts, and I love working one-on-one to craft clients’ custom messages for those moments that matter.

My personal insight, instincts and sense of curiosity allow me to see things many people overlook and uncover connections that aren’t always obvious. I bring a deep empathy and enthusiasm to my writing.

Drawing on years of advising, consulting and project leadership experience, I’ve learned to ask questions that move us quickly to the heart of the matter, then weave the details into speeches and portrait profiles that inspire and entertain.

I have experience in many areas of work, including corporate communications, strategic planning, team leadership, recruitment, workload management, workplace engagement and mental health & wellness.

My client is always at the centre of my work.

In my spare time I enjoy yoga, reading, film, Scrabble and chocolate.
Centrepiece Writing Studio - Shannon Marshall - Victoria, BC

Centrepiece Writing Studio is grateful to operate on the traditional lands of the Lekwungen people, now represented by the Songhees and Xwsepsum (Esquimalt) nations...
The glorious land commonly known as Victoria, BC.

With great respect for the earliest residents of our shared coastal home, CWS strives to uphold our mutual values of storytelling and environmental stewardship.

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