award - winning writer


Shannon Egan is an award-winning grant writer and has raised over 2.5 million in funds for US-based recovery community organizations. Her expertise includes technical writing and research on the subjects of mental health and substance use disorder prevention, treatment and recovery support services and gaps, as well as scientifically established behavioral health interventions.  She is the author of No Tourists Allowed: Seeking Inner Peace in War-Torn Sudan.

Currently, she works as a marketing and development consultant for addiction recovery organizations world-wide.  She is also a motivational speaker on 'Creativity in Recovery for Optimal Health and Well-Being' and 'Multiple Pathways of Recovery'

In her spare time, Shannon masquerades as a cosplayer to offer a creative take on living in addiction recovery. Previously, she worked as a freelance journalist and press officer for the United Nations based in Africa and New York City.  Learn more...



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 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

Upcoming EVENTS


AUG 5 2017 -   Las Vegas, NV  -  Emcee  -  2017 Gala for Recovery at Caesars Palace

SEPT 13 2017 -  Las Vegas, NV -  Emcee -2017 Rally for Recovery at Las Vegas City Hall

OCT 23-26 2017 -  Punta Gorda, FL  -  Keynote Speaker  -  Multiple Pathways of Recovery Conference

NOV 8 -10 2017 -  North Carolina  -  Keynote Speaker  -  One Community in Recovery Conference

APRIL 19-21 2017 - North Carolina - Breakout Session - APNC Spring Conference

SEPT 15 2018 - Provo, UT - Keynote Speaker - Utah County Recovery Day


No Tourists Allowed 


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