Shywanee Manson: Born to Write

ShywaneeShywanee L. Manson directs, writes, and produces. Accomplishments include: Spoken Word poetry and authoring of two books: “Apology from One Sista to Another” (2005) and “Forgive Me Not” (2013). The first play she wrote was “Apology from One Sista to Another”, the second “My Sista, I’m Sorry”, the third, “My Brotha I Apologize” and the 4th “When You Cry, I Cry.”

Upon winning a poetry contest in the 5th grade, she had an epiphany that writing would be her voice and mouth-piece on which to speak for others. At 10 years old, Shywanee knew that she was”born to write”. She acquired the opportunity to recite her poem, resulting in the audience breaking out in vigorous applause. Several years later, emerging as a Spoken Word artist, one of her most popular, well-received poems began with 2 pages and evolved into a 120 page novel.
She carries around a copy of S. E. Hinton’s “Outsiders” for inspiration. This timeless classic of innocence and youth is a book that’s been read by millions over the years. It gives clear, concise messages about family, society (prejudices), and the reality of dealing with consequences.

Shywanee is also fond of Steven King and Dean Koontz’s stories of horror and suspense. She’s been an active and faithful member of her book club for over 13 years. Authors like Terry McMillan, Sister Souljah, and J. California Cooper’s “In Search of Satisfaction” have influenced her writing in an immense way by demonstrating various facets of the history and psyche of the African American community. With a collaboration of accumulating books into an extensive library and garnering personal experiences, she has built a solid foundation and springboard on which to create intriguing plot and characters.

Ms. Manson states that ” Unforgettable stories should keep suspense. I love it when they make me laugh; I appreciate it when they make me cry.” These are stories that she holds in high regard. “Narratives should entertain, but draw you in by making a strong connection, capture emotion, then flow to and fro like the tide of the ocean. A straight read. Stories that makes you feel alive. Perceiving the created world with your eyes closed. Escape to another place. An out of body experience.”

Shywanee writes about a variety of real experiences that foster social awareness. “My Sista I’m Sorry”- The government stopped giving out HIV & AIDS education in the hood. People still needed to be educated and helped. Somebody dropped the ball. Our system is failing us. There was HIV testing after her play to help those who needed it. This was a dedication to an uncle who passed away from AIDS.
“When you Cry, I Cry-” “The media is there right after the killing takes place. They put down the Teddy Bear, candles and pictures, but after it’s over the families are still suffering. The Media just moves on. A house is not just a house. People are suffering inside. Nobody knows what these families have to endure. “How are you doing?” When You Cry, I Cry. Can’t they see what they are doing to these families to our community? Wake up! What about Hadiya? What about Treyvon? The families are still grieving. Sometimes they cry at night when the doors are closed and nobody is around. It’s somebody’s baby, daughter, brother, uncle, mother, or father. Think about the families you are destroying. Generations that are damaged. To the children that are doing these things: Why are you doing this? And where are your parents? You are putting families through a lifetime of pain. People need to see what is really happening behind closed doors.”

Shywanee is a voice for the fallen, broken, uneducated, and misunderstood. Who will help them? Our generations. She is sometimes called “Shywanee Playwright,” but should often be called “Mama Community”; a voice of reason, a nurturer, and a welcoming presence for the people. She wants healing for our society. Who will help the children and the families of the deceased? What about our role models? We need to get the message out.

A platform…she stands for social awareness and has her writing pen on the pulse of the community. Her heart is for the people. A progressive and visionary. She stands up for what is right and talks about issues that people need to hear and to know. She uses her gifts and talents as a beacon of light; making others aware of the ills of our society, and speaks on how we can make a better future for our youth.

Come enjoy the hit stage play “When You Cry, I Cry!” written by Shywanee L. Manson

Premiering Saturday August 23, 2014 at the Harold Washington Cultural Center on 47th and King Dr. A musical drama-comedy featuring Bern Nadette Stanis (Thelma from Good Times), Gary “Lil G” Jenkins (R&B group Silk), Gemini Porter (R&B group Men at Large) and Chicago’s very own, Brian Da Wildcat Smith. Commentary by Community Activist Andrew Holmes.

Two Shows: 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. – $35.00 – – Dont miss it. Buy your tickets, now at

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