Shannan E. Johnson, The Professional Pen, is a writer who doesn’t write. Wait what? Yep, a writer who doesn’t write. You’ll get it; keep reading. After receiving her MFA in Film (Screenwriting, TV Writing, Playwriting, Creative Writing… whew, that’s a lot.) from Florida State University, Shannan became a junior creative executive in development and current programming at NBCUniversal at the Syfy Channel. It was there that she honed her skill to guide writers and producers from pitch to production on Alphas, Being Human, Haven, Sanctuary, and Warehouse 13. In 2010, Shannan left Syfy to join a dance company. Big step, right?
She has spent the last eight years as a full-time performing and teaching artist traveling to 48 states and more than 18 countries. Credits include: (1st National Tours) Amazing Grace, Ghost the Musical; (Regional) Dreamgirls, Sister Act, How to Quit Your Day Job; (Dance Companies) Step Afrika!, Sole Defined. While being on the stage, Shannan has continued her passion for helping writers through their roadblocks as The Professional Pen, a script consultant for writers in all stages of the writing process.
Shannan prides herself in helping writers fill holes, provide dimension to characters, and most importantly, cut cut cut the unnecessary crap. It’s your baby, yes, but the bathwater has to go.
The Professional Pen provides script coverage, pitch preparation, proofreading, revisions and rewrites to her clients who range from novice screenwriters to Hollywood actors and producers. The Professional Pen is a writer for your writer. Shannan is also the Founder of The Mademoiselle Service & Social Club, a 501 (c)(3) charity that provides programming and scholarships for teen girls of color in Houston, TX. For more information: www.themademoiselles.org.
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