headshotMy name is Shanna.

I’m an independent communications specialist based in Kansas City, and founder of Paper Crane Communications. I provide freelance writing, editing, and strategic communication planning services for businesses, higher education and nonprofits. Read about my services here.

I have eight years of writing, editing, and strategic communications experience, and hold a B.A. in English literature and creative writing from Kansas State University. I’m passionate about storytelling, and think it’s the best way for an audience to learn who you are.

For fun, I enjoy learning anything about anything and making horrible puns.

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Writing and editing
Produced by New Boston Creative Group

American Statistical Association
Writing and editing; credited story on page 12
Produced by the American Statistical Association

Kansas Flint Hills Travel Guide
Writing and editing
Produced by New Boston Creative Group

Good for K-State
Writing and editing; credited stories on pages 2, 10, 17, and 20
Produced by the KSU Foundation

K-Stater Magazine
Writing and editing
Produced by the K-State Alumni Association

Medicine on the Midway
Writing and editing; credited story on page 18
Produced by University of Chicago Medicine

Print Design

Big Ideas Poster

Collaborate Poster

Tri-fold Table Display

Academic Poster

Direct Mail Postcard

Press Releases

University of Chicago Medicine

University of Chicago News

Kansas State University

Tallgrass Brewing Company


Riley County EMS Recruitment
Script, project manager, reluctant actor
Produced by New Boston Creative Group; created by Digital Brand Media
*Gold Award Winner, 2008 Aster Awards

K-State Division of Continuing
Education, New York

Script and director
Produced by New Boston Creative Group for the K-State Division of Continuing Education; created by K-State Media Services


IT Services 2014 Annual Report
Editorial director and writer
Produced by the University of Chicago IT Services

CRC Newsletter
Designer and writer

Strategic Planning

KSU Foundation Planned Giving