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I’m a freelance writer, editor, sensitivity reader, and California native. In addition to my client work, I focus on mixed race identity, critical race theory, grief, and loss. I’m currently working on a memoir about taking care of my father at the end of life, titled, “Black Prince: A Father Daughter Story in Black and White.”

I’ve been published in such outlets as:

I also authored “Being Biracial: Where Our Secret Worlds Collide: Educators’ Guide.” (Out of print but available for download.)

Visit my portfolio page for a full list of works.

With a master’s degree in English literature and three years’ experience teaching the SAT, I provide individual and business clients impeccable editing services. Whether you’re writing a dissertation, an e-book, or non-profit report, I have the background and experience to polish your work.

I also provide sensitivity reading services and have worked with top publishing companies, as well as individuals.

The illustration above is courtesy of the talented Giselle Potter, who created the image for my New York Times piece about my grandmother.

I am just beginning to explore memoir writing. Shannon has helped me better express and refine my stories by pushing me to dig deeper and say things I was afraid to say. I’ve been thrilled with the results.

Nabil Ayers

Shannon has been a valuable resource for the Advancement Project California communications team. She is responsive and on point with her proofing and edits of projects large and small. We recommend her!

Katie Smith – Advancement Project