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Joanna Penn speaking passionately in Stockholm. Photo Credit: Petra Rolinec, www.8tiesbaby.com

Joanna Penn: Author, Speaker, and Creative Entrepreneur

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of thrillers and non-fiction, Joanna Penn is an international professional speaker and entrepreneur voted as one of The Guardian UK’s Top 100 Creative Professionals in 2013.

Watch a clip below of Joanna speaking at Digital Commerce Summit 2016 in Denver, Colorado, USA. Or click here to watch on YouTube.

You can also watch a video of Joanna speaking here on YouTube at the Women Unlimited Thrive conference, find testimonials about her here, and click here for a list of previous engagements including The Guardian Masterclasses, London Book Fair, Digital Commerce Summit and FutureBook, the largest publishing conference in Europe.

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Speaking Topics

These are the types of talks that Joanna can deliver. They are suitable for full-day events, or as shorter sessions within a full-day event. Joanna’s story of transition from corporate consultant to creative entrepreneur is also suitable for inspirational keynotes.

Secrets of Self-Publishing Success
– Book Marketing
– How to Make a Living from your Writing
– The Future of Publishing

Joanna Penn speaking at Youpreneur Summit, London, 2017



Speaking in Berlin

Joanna Penn is the Energizer Bunny of writing, publishing and book marketing.” – Michelle Beck, Orbis Marketing

“Joanna’s positive energy, enthusiasm and sound advice about making a living writing was exactly what we needed at ScotsWrite17. She inspired us all.”
Linda Strachan, Chair of the SOAiS (The Society of Authors in Scotland)

“Fabulous content, dynamic entertaining speaker. Joanna absolutely delivered far more than expected!” – Lisa Murray, Revive Coaching

“Joanna Penn rocked the room as usual! Great content, upbeat and energetic delivery and all the tips and tricks you need to get started straight away.” – Rachel Fairweather, JingMassage.com

Joanna’s personality is electric, her humour really shines through. Her knowledge is extensive. I have come away feeling motivated, inspired and confident. Tonight was invaluable, I feel really grateful and positive. Thank you.” – Louisa Schwarz

“I had a blast with Joanna and Orna learning about self-publishing…If you are looking to be educated, supported, inspired, and make other writer and indie publishing friends there is no better place to start with than Joanna Penn and Orna Ross.” – Jennifer Gillham

“Joanna, is a key figure in self-publishinga go-to writer among the entrepreneurati” – Porter Anderson, journalist and publishing commentator, Ether for Authors on Publishing Perspectives

Here are some tweets from Youpreneur Summit, Nov 2017


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Speaking Appearances 2018

Joanna is reducing the number of speaking engagements for 2018 due to writing commitments, but please do email if you have a proposal.

FLORIDA, USA. Sept 25-29, 2018. NINC (Novelists INC)

PHILADELPHIA, USA. Nov, 2018. BookBaby Indie Author Conference

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND. Dec 2018. To be announced.

Speaking Appearances 2017

LONDON, UK: 14-16 Mar, 2017. London Book Fair. Various panels and events. ALLi panel

HAWKESBURY UPTON, UK: Sat 22 April, 2017. Panels on creativity at Hawkesbury Upton Literary festival

LONDON, UK: 6 May, 2017. How to Make a Living (and a Life) with your Writing. Full day seminar with Orna Ross.

BRISTOL, UK: 19 – 20 May, 2017. CrimeFest. Self-publishing session and panel on research in thrillers

LONDON, UK:. 19 June, 2017. Byte the Book panel on the author as publisher

CUMBERNAULD, SCOTLAND: 23-24 September, 2017. Society of Authors, Scotland Conference. Breakout session and Keynote.

LINCOLN CITY, OREGON, USA: 21 – 28 Oct, 2017. Business Masterclass with Dean Wesley Smith & Kristine Kathryn Rusch.

LONDON. UK. 11 – 12 November, 2017. Youpreneur Summit. 

Click here to view previous international speaking engagements 2009 – 2016, including The Guardian Masterclasses, London Book Fair, and FutureBook, the largest publishing conference in Europe.

Book Joanna to Speak

Please contact me: joanna@TheCreativePenn.com with your specific requirements as I would love to help with your next speaking event.

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