Television’s Most Prolific Writer, Spanning 3 Decades; Steven Cannell Demystifies His Life As A Dyslexic Writer

As dyslexia makes some areas of academia difficult, it doesn’t make

it impossible. Just ask Steven Cannell. It made some areas of his life

difficult, but certainly not impossible. At this time he has written

15 novels, including the critically acclaimed Shane Scully series. He

became one of television’s most prolific writers, spanning three

decades. His TV hits include: Greatest American Hero, The A-Team,

Hunter, Riptide, Hardcastle & McCormick, 21 Jump Street, Wiseguy, The

Commish, Renegade and Silk Stalkings. And one I watched often growing

up, The Rockford Files. Who knew, from all those days of watching the The

Rockford Files, it was written by a man who had dyslexia. 

Those days I was struggling to get through English, and closet writing. Cannell came as an

affirmation before my very eyes that the difficulties I was experiencing

didn’t have to shame my ambition to write. It didn’t stop me from

writing, it all just went into a storage bin in my closet because I

was still compelled to write regardless of the discouragement I got

from teachers. (The “authorities” in writing?) Eventually some of those

stories got pieced together in a funny book “Life In A Nutshell.”

Check it out Steven, let me know what you think.

Cannell is not ashamed to advocate that he had dyslexia. In fact, if you

click on the link you will see a series of videos where Cannell

talks about his dyslexia as he attempts to demystify what it meant

in his life to become a big time Hollywood writer. 

Right on Steven. Have your people call my people.

By Stacy Poulos

Dyslexia TV & FreeThinkers University

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