Janet is an emerging writer and poet. She writes historical and contemporary stories (short story and novel) which often include speculative fiction elements (mystery, sci-fi, fantasy and paranormal). 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 placed 2nd and highly recommended respectively, in the international section of the Fujisan Haiku Competitions.

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). Janet completed an additional subject, Writing for New Media in 2019 which focussed on content writing, copywriting, social media engagement, and transmedia storytelling.

Janet edits fiction and poetry at both structural and copyediting levels.


Studies and Professional Development


Self publishing

Kate Forsyth’s History, Mystery and Magic through the Australian Writers’ Centre

Bachelor of Creative Writing through Deakin University


Poetry Masterclass with Dr Mark Tredinnick

RWA online conference and workshops

Australian Fairy Tale Society online conference

California Poetry in Schools online conference and workshops


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

  • Transmedia
  • Short Story
  • History of Literature
  • Industry

Aug 2017Into 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.

Prior 2013

Cert IV Professional Writing & Editing subjects achieved; Poetry, Editing, Myths & Symbols

Writing (as J L Penn)


Windfall # 8

Eucalypt tanka journal Issue #29

Presence Issue #68


Windfall # 7 February 2019

Painted Words 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)

Paper Wasp


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.

Visual Art


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.