Writers Digest Guest Blog + Adoption Today Article


Shannon has written a guest blog post for Writer’s Digest, on “7 Things I’ve Learned So Far.”



She also had the opportunity to collaborate with the amazing Amandine Gay on an article for the September issue of Adoption TodayYou can read “Diasporic Conversations: Anglophone and Francophone Adoptees of the African Diaspora Encounter Each Other” in the digital edition of the magazine.


Master Mondays YA Lit class this fall + Events


Shannon is teaching a “Master Mondays” class at the Loft Literary Center this fall!

From the course description:

“The Master Monday Series is an intensive writing opportunity for advanced students with workshop experience. In this class, we will read and discuss some of the most vital young adult literature being created today, examine strategies for producing and revising our own work, complete short writing activities that will help us improve our own work, and workshop each other’s manuscripts. You will receive numerous opportunities for feedback on your work. Both local and national writers and editors will talk to the class throughout our 12 weeks, and if participants are interested, the last two class sessions will be devoted strictly to one-on-one workshops and manuscript critiques with the teaching artist. $10 copy fee payable to the teaching artist. No class November 21.”

Classes begin on September 19; register today.


Shannon will be reading from her essay “Fear of a Black Mother” in A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota  with contributors Taiyon Coleman and Carolyn Holbrook on Wednesday, September 21, 6:30-8 pm, at the Hennepin Central Library in downtown Minneapolis.


This event is FREE and open to the public.

You can check out the FB event page here, and register here.


Shannon and A Good Time for the Truth contributors Andrea Jenkins and Rodrigo Sanchez-Chavarria, as well as editor Sun Yung Shin, are keynote speakers at the Minnesota Library Association’s Annual Conference, September 29-30, at the Duluth Convention Center.

We are thrilled that A Good Time for the Truth is the One Conference One Book selection!

Whew! This summer was FABULOUS, working on the new YA novel, traveling, and visiting friends and family.

But as you can see, I got way behind on keeping up with the website…

I was also lucky enough to be interviewed by Molly Fuller for the Loft’s Lit Chat blog.

And then, the multi-talented Sheila Regan talked to me and other Black parents about how Michael Brown’s death changed how we parent for this story in Complex.

Reading @ Nicola’s Books + Interviews with A2 Media

MI Radio


Shannon was interviewed by Cynthia Canty on the Stateside radio program on Michigan Public Radio earlier today, in preparation for her reading at Nicola’s Books in Ann Arbor, tomorrow night, Wednesday, July 6, at 7 pm. To listen, click here.

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The Ann Arbor Observer also ran a delightful interview of See No Color in its July edition, as well.

Hope to see you all at Nicola’s Books tomorrow night!

Nicolas Books




July 30 POV in YA Fiction Class @ The Loft


Sign up for a day-long writing workshop on Point of View in YA Fiction with Shannon at The Loft Literary Center, on Saturday, July 30.

From the workshop description:

Point-of-view (POV) in fiction in general, and YA fiction in particular, is one of the least understood aspects of the genre.

In this day-long workshop intensive, students will explore some of the challenges and opportunities of writing stories for young adults in first, second, third, limited, omniscient, “The Royal We,” POV and everything in-between. We will also investigate the artistic and political stakes of whose perspective we tell these stories from, and how we might go about making the most effective choice for a given manuscript.

For more information, or to register, click here.

MPR segment on politics of telling other peoples’ stories

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Shannon was on MPR News yesterday, discussing the complicated politics of telling stories that are not our own.

Here’s the blurb:

“The Hollywood blockbuster film Straight Outta Compton, which tells the story of the rise (and decline) of the pioneering rap group N.W.A. was written by two white screenwriters. Does it matter that the screenwriters were white?

“Marianne Combs finds out whether authors and screenwriters should write narrative beyond their own cultural background. Discussing which novels and films worked, which didn’t, and why are Shannon Gibney, author of See No Color and Neal Justin, media critic for the Star Tribune.”

Listen to the segment here.