customized workshops and keynotes to audiences of 5 to 5,000


Since 2001, I have spoken at hundreds of venues, including writing conferences, industry events, and creative writing programs. I offer thought-provoking and educational talks to audiences of writers and other creative professionals. In the past year, I've delivered keynote talks at 6 events, and I frequently teach half-day, day-long, and multi-day intensive workshops related to the business of authorship and publishing.

My many years of experience means that I know how to deliver practical and comprehensive information that anticipates the needs of the audience, directly addresses their concerns, and offers both understanding and answers. I care deeply about serving writers—and all those in the creative professions—and helping them succeed in their careers.

Compensation varies based on the nature of the event and audience, as well as the topic.

I just wanted to express my gratitude and appreciation for your keynote at the EFA Conference. I keep thinking back to how well you set the tone of the conference. I've been very nervous about things like self-promotion, logistics, and being able to talk about my business as a business, and you both provided great grounds for me to feel good about acknowledging my work as work and also included some really solid advice about how to go about that work. I've been reviewing my notes from your presentation, and I really believe that your keynote will help me to skip months or even years of mindset-based mistakes.

Frank Cernik, Scoria Press

Throughout the year, I listen to a lot of authors, writers, teachers, and publishers talk about the current state of writing and publishing, too often hearing something like: "Sure, go ahead and write, but don’t get your hopes up. …" Jane’s message is very different. … After listening to her explain the current state of publishing, writing, and connecting, you could feel a lively energy buzz around the room, and uplifting of creativity, a juicy excitement about what we are all doing.

Linda Joy Myers

upcoming events where I'm speaking

Association of Writers & Writing Programs: exhibitor / panelist

Virginia Festival of the Book / panelist

Erma Bombeck Writers' Workshop: speaker

Las Vegas Writers Conference: keynote + workshop leader

Mendocino Coast Writers' Conference: publishing bootcamp

Dieticians of Canada: workshop leader

Past Events

  • San Miguel Writers Conference keynote (2018)
  • Roanoke Regional Writers Conference keynote (2018)
  • Virginia RWA (2018)
  • Murray State Low-Res MFA Program (2018)
  • Dubai Knowledge Summit (2017)
  • Alaska Writers Guild keynote (2017)
  • Fiction Fest / Connecticut RWA (2017)
  • Writer's Digest Conference (2010–2012, 2017)
  • Virginia Writers Club Annual Symposium keynote (2017)
  • Dallas Fort Worth Writers Conference (2017)
  • Virginia Festival of the Book (2014–2015, 2017)
  • Digital Book World (2015–2017)
  • Toronto Romance Writers of America (2016)
  • Eastern Shore Writer's Day (2016)
  • Editorial Freelancers Association (2016 keynote)
  • Willamette Writers Conference (2016 keynote)
  • Trends in Publishing Summit, Global Bible Publishing (2016)
  • Writers' Intensive at St. John's College (2016 keynote)
  • Indie Author Fringe (2016)
  • International Association of Culinary Professionals (2016)
  • Geneva Writers Conference (2016)
  • San Francisco Writers Conference (2016 keynote)
  • West Virginia Book Festival (2015)
  • NINC (2015)
  • International Women's Fiction Festival (2014, 2015)
  • Hippocamp Creative Nonfiction Conference (2015 keynote)
  • World Domination Summit (2015)
  • The Writer's Center Publish Now Conference (2015 keynote)
  • Houston Writers Guild conference (2015 keynote)
  • IDPF Digital Book Conference (2015)
  • BookExpo America and uPublishU (2014)
  • The Muse & The Marketplace (2014 keynote) — watch the hourlong talk
  • PubSmart (2014 keynote)
  • University of Madison Writers' Institute (2014 keynote)
  • Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators (2014)
  • Blurb Book Fest (2014)
  • James River Writers Conference (2014)
  • Frankfurt Book Fair (2013)
  • Pennwriters Conference (multiple years)
  • MidAtlantic Book Publishers Association (2013)
  • Washington Book Publishers (2013)
  • University of Evansville Coffee Hour (2013)
  • The Write Stuff (2013 keynote)
  • Write! Canada (2013 keynote)
  • LitFlow Berlin (2012)
  • Whidbey MFA residency (2012)
  • SEAK National Fiction Writing Conference for Physicians & Lawyers (2012)
  • South by Southwest (2011)
  • PubCamp @ SXSW (2011)
  • Indianapolis Authors' Fair (2011 keynote)
  • Writers' League of Texas (2011 keynote)
  • Arkansas Writers Conference (2011 keynote)
  • Midwest Writers Workshop (every year since 2003!)
  • Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP), multiple years

Prior to 2011

  • PodCamp Cincinnati
  • San Francisco Writers Conference
  • Aspen Summer Words
  • Missouri Writers Guild Conference
  • Oklahoma Writers Federation Conference
  • Mad Anthony Writers Conference
  • Willamette Writers Conference
  • Surrey Writers Conference
  • Yosemite Writers Conference
  • North Carolina Writers Network
  • South Carolina Writers Workshop
  • Harriette Austin Writers Conference
  • Pennwriters Conference
  • Midwest Literary Festival
  • … and many more