Shannon Egan is woman in long-term recovery and a multiple time award-winning grant writer and marketing and communications professional. To date, she has raised nearly 3 million in funds for US-based addiction recovery organizations. Currently, she is offering affordable consulting services for recovery organizations world-wide so these organizations can expand their reach and, in turn, empower their local communities and facilitate a positive conversation around addiction and recovery. 

Shannon is the author of No Tourists AllowedSeeking Inner Peace in War-Torn Sudan. She is a professional and motivational speaker on 'Creativity in Recovery for Optimal Health and Well-Being' and 'Multiple Pathways of Recovery'. Previously, she worked as a freelance journalist and press officer for the United Nations in Africa and New York City.



Shannon served as IRIN’s primary stringer in Khartoum and she provided accurate and compelling coverage of both anticipated and spontaneous news for print and online media. Her writing is powerful and thought-provoking, and she is a highly skilled communicator who is passionate about current events, and who is driven and proactive in their approach to work.
— Erich Ogoso, UN OCHA - Yemen
While Shannon worked for me, she provided critical news coverage for major events, such as the 18th Arab League Summit and the 6th African Union Summit. She proved she is excellent at generating fresh ideas and uncovering insight. She was a hard worker and dedicated to interviewing local sources and turning the material into interesting, accurate and effective stories.
— Jon Sheridan, Editor-in-Cheif, Al Bab Magazine Sudan
Shannon served as Generation Found’s primary social media strategist and digital outreach consultant. Her ideas, creativity, and passion help the independent film reach hundreds of thousands of people and advance school-based recovery options for young people across the country.
— Greg Williams, Executive Vice President of Facing Addiction
In January 2017, Shannon began working as FFR’s only grant writer and in that role, she has written and won the SAMHSA Recovery Community Services Program-Statewide Network grant ($450,000) and a SAPTA grant under the Women’s Set Aside Funds for $107,000, which allowed FFR to launch the Women’s Success Program and provide peer recovery support services to underserved women engaged in the criminal justice in Southern Nevada. Shannon managed most of the grant reporting aspects for the Women’s Success Program in 2017 and helped FFR to win an additional $104,000 in funding for this program in Fiscal Year 2018.
— Dona Dmitrovic, Executive Director, Foundation for Recovery
Shannon was wonderful to work with. She is a self-starter. She was always willing to go above and beyond to make the organization better. She is passionate about what she does, which makes her achieve amazing results.
— Adam Cohen, CEO at Odyssey House
Shannon and I have worked together in a professional capacity and I have always been impressed by her sheer intellect and charismatic demeanor. She is incredibly talented and a true pleasure to work with.
— Kenneth O' Rourke, CEO, Embodhi Recovery
We appreciate the very good work that Shannon is doing on the Recovery Africa website. It has assisted so much with networking with the likes of Kolmac, Caron, EAP Professionals Association and others.
— Dan O' Laughlin, Founder, Recovery Africa
Shannon was selected to present at CCAR’s Multiple Pathways of Recovery Conference in Florida on ‘Creativity in Recovery for Optimal Health and Well-Being’. During her presentation, she demonstrated her oral articulateness and explained her views very concisely and gave supporting arguments that were both clear and persuasive. She is highly intelligent and has good analytical skills.
— Phil Valentine, CCAR Conneticut, Executive Director
As with all the very best memoirs, it’s what Shannon Egan has to say about common truth and hidden secrets that resonates the most. Shannon’s journey is a gripping story about love-of-self, loss-of-self, ambition, failure, religious indoctrination and escaping the mental chains that hold us as people, us as tribes, and us as nations captive. Shannon’s writing is fast-paced, vivid, and absolutely rooted in self-discovery. No Tourists Allowed should be a required reading for every addict who has spent a lifetime fighting their demons through the foggy lens of religious indoctrination.
— Brian Lee Durfee, The Forgetting Moon--Simon & Schuster 2016
As a Clinical Outreach Representative at Las Vegas Recovery Center, I have times when I’m working on City, State and Federal Grant contracts in association with Foundation For Recovery. Through this Grant process I have had contact with Shannon Egan who’s one of the greatest resources for grant review and application submittals for LVRC. Her professionalism and knowledge in this area is a godsend to LVRC’s success in this area.
— Reade Hulburd, Clinical Outreach Representative, Las Vegas Recovery Center
Shannon has excellent skills and is a self starter. She is enthusiastic, energetic and easy to work with.
— Dora Dantzler Wright, Executive Director at Chicago Recovering Communities Coalition

No Tourists Allowed 


Dear reader, 

Are you ready to embark on the ultimate solo travel adventure? 




Is your opening scene strong enough to hook readers from the get-go?

Will readers empathize with your characters? Is your plot and tone engaging?

As an award-winning and professional writer, I can recognize the errors in a story's structure instantly and offer innovative ways to keep agents, readers and publishers engaged. 

course details:

To give your nonfiction, fiction,and memoir draft the chance it deserves, I will: 

  • Read 8,000 -16,000 words of your story; assessing strengths and weaknesses.
  • Answer your most pressing questions: is your book ready for agents, publishers and readers? What is it missing? How can you improve the structure?
  • Send a 2 page detailed review covering topics like character empathy, plot engagement, pace, structure, tone, style and commercial viability.
  • Provide a phone or Skype/Zoom chat to discuss any additional questions and concerns. 
  • Return feedback to you 7 days from start date. 

Clients describe this process as eye-opening and empowering! By signing up for this service, you are not seeking for a fluff review, but real feedback so you can take your work to a commercial level and reach your greatest potential as a writer. 


Shannon encourages individuals to choose a price for this service based on what they can afford. Full payment is due before start date of project. Payments accepted via PayPal at Thank you!