Janet is an emerging writer and poet. She writes historical and contemporary stories which often include speculative fiction elements (mystery, sci-fi, fantasy and paranormal) in short story and novel forms. Her work has been published in several editions of Painted Words, and her haiku has been published in, Blythe Spirit, A Hundred Gourds, Paper Wasp and Windfall. In 2013 & 2014 she was 2nd and then highly recommended in the international section of the Fujisan Haiku Competition.
Janet holds a BA in Visual Arts (La Trobe University, Bendigo, 2015) and in 2017 completed a diploma in Professional Writing & Editing from Bendigo Kangan Institute (formerly Bendigo TAFE).
Studies and Professional Development
Writers Victoria – advanced short story clinic with Josephine Rowe
Writing for New Media – extra unit with Bendigo TAFE PW & E
Writers Victoria – intermediate short story clinic with Laurie Steed
Deferred Bachelor of Creative Writing, Deakin University
Applied Deakin University 2nd year entry to Bachelor of Creative Writing (credits & guaranteed place with Diploma in P W & E).
Completed: the final subjects for Diploma in Professional Writing and Editing
- Short Story
- History of Literature
Aug 2017 – Into the Vortex – Cate Kennedy, short story workshop.
Withdrew from studying Honours to continue with Diploma in Professional Writing & Editing:
- Advanced Editing
- Desktop Publishing
- Project Management.
Part-time studies in Diploma Professional Writing & Editing, Bendigo Kangan Institute.
Attained: HD in Poetry & Song Lyrics, Creative Non-Fiction.
Deferred Honours, Federation University Ballarat then opted out to continue writing studies.
Bachelor Visual Arts, La Trobe University Bendigo.
Attained: Cert IV Bendigo TAFE: Novel Writing.
Cert IV Professional Writing & Editing subjects achieved; Poetry, Editing, Myths & Symbols
Writing (as J L Penn)
Windfall # 7 February 2019
Windfall #5 January 2017
Painted Words 2017
Haiku published in the following journals:
Australian online haiku journal, A Hundred Gourds, June 2016
Blithe Spirit (British Haiku Society journal)
Published in Australian haiku journal, Paper Wasp: Summer 2015.
Non-fiction published in 2015 Painted Words anthology.
Special recognition 2014 Fujisan Haiku, (international section).
Poetry and a short story published in 2014 Painted Words anthology.
Award of excellence (2nd) 2013 Fujisan Haiku, (international section).
Poetry and a short story published in Painted Words anthology.
Poem published in Scintillae 2012.
Poetry published in Painted Words anthology.
EXIT graduation exhibition, Phylis Palmer gallery La Trobe University, Bendigo.
Half/Lore third year undergraduate exhibition, The White Space, Castlemaine.
Artwork selected for Painted Words cover.