Sheila Grant has been a writer/photographer for more than two decades. Grant’s work has been recognized by the Maine Press Association and the New England Outdoor Writers Association. Grant has been the editor/writer of two national economic development newsletters, the Downtown Idea Exchange and the Downtown Promotion Reporter(www.downtowndevelopment.com) for the past seven years, and continues in that capacity with the new, more holistic Downtown Idea Exchange, which incorporates the information of both publications into one monthly newsletter.
On June 1, 2011 North Country Press released Grant’s first solo book, 50 Great New England Family Fishing Vacations. This well-rounded travel guide includes information on where to find a wide variety of family fun opportunities in 50 regions throughout Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. In 2000, Grant co-authored the Piscataquis Cultural-Heritage Guide with fellow reporter Helen Kelly.
Grant is also a regular contributor to Maine Seniors magazine. Her work has also appeared in The Boston Globe, The Highlands Journal, Bangor Daily News Special Sections, North Country magazine, Northwoods Sporting Journal, Up North magazine, Bangor Metro magazine, and Game and Fish magazines covering Ohio, New York, Pennsylvania and New England. Grant’s work also appears at www.OneNewEngland.com.
Prior to going freelance, Grant spent five years as a reporter, covering all aspects of life in small-town Maine. During her years as a newspaper staffer, Grant also did her own photography and was eventually made responsible for layout of the newspaper as well as training new reporters and editing their work.
Grant continues to write about a wide variety of topics and to do much of her own photography. She is a graduate of the Penquis Leadership Institute, and has a background as executive director of two non-profits and as community development specialist for Piscataquis County. Her public relations, marketing and grant writing skills are available to organizations through seminar presentations and via consultant work.
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