Joanne has been writing as long as she can remember. Her first cheque arrived in March 1992 signalling the start of a new direction for her writing. From there she worked as a copywriter in advertising, edited the Sou’wester and then The Lion for a few years before returning to study. And study she did, successfully attaining the following:

Associate Diploma in Business (Legal Practice)
Certificate IV in Professional Writing & Editing
Bachelor of Arts with Distinction (Literary Studies)
Graduate Certificate of Professional Writing
Graduate Diploma of Professional Writing
Master of Arts (Writing & Literature)

Along the way she’s written for Deakin University, interviewed one of her writing idols, Beverly Donofrio, she’s been published in various anthologies including, And So The Dance Goes On, Cover Your Tracks,Whisper To The Moon, Splashes Of Colour, Perspective, Flights Of Fancy and online journals Imagine, Snap and Off In The Distance as well as various zines. More recently she has written for The Guardian Australia and Independent Australia.

She has worked as a freelance writer doing corporate writing, journalistic opinion pieces, ghostwriting as well as writing web content for a diverse range of clients. She has also worked as a freelance editor, taught life writing workshops at a community college, and tutored ESL, writing, and business students.