Shannon Rayne in an award-winning Canadian screenwriter, filmmaker, and humor essayist. She writes heartfelt and humorous stories about fearless women and girls taking unique paths. She draws inspiration from her previous career listening to women tell emotional stories in anxiety research centers, the joyful children she teaches creative writing to, and her own off-kilter creative path of completing an MFA in Creative Writing after a head injury pushed her to embrace change, uncertainty, and her passion for storytelling.
Shannon’s journey into professional writing started as a performance poet and oral storyteller during her graduate studies in psychology. Seeing the power of emotional stories to impact change, she enrolled in UBC’s MFA in Creative Writing program where she studied screenwriting.
Since graduating, she was hand-selected by CBC executives for development mentorship through AccessCBC for her half hour workplace comedy Potent, had two short films screen at the Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival, and received top honours for two comedy TV pilots at the Austin Film Festival. When she’s not writing TV pilots or producing/directing digital sketch comedies, she leads fun improv and creative writing workshops for children.