About

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 The Lion for a few years before returning to study 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, 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. She has written for Guardian Australia,  Independent Australia, Mamamia and Stockland (via Social Squad).

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 worked as a freelance editor, taught life writing workshops at a community college, and tutored ESL, writing, and business students.

Most recently she’s ghost written several Young Adult novels, been a section editor of an anthology (due out early 2020) while working on her own manuscript. This project was highly commended in the 2019 Writers Victoria Write-ability Fellowships earning her a partial mentorship with author Eliza Henry-Jones.

In 2020 Joanne will be free to take on two new ghostwriting projects (Young Adult, Memoir and Autobiographical Fiction preferred), as well a total of three manuscripts for copy editing and two student/early writers for coaching (cost is sliding scale with preference going to those on low income or facing adversity as her part in paying it forward).

You can follow her on Twitter @penneywrites