Custom talks for audiences of 5 to 5,000

Professionally speaking since 2001

I have spoken at hundreds of venues, including writing conferences, industry events, and creative writing programs. I care deeply about serving writers—and all those in the creative professions—and helping them succeed in their careers.

In-depth knowledge of writing and publishing

With 20+ years of industry experience, 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.

Open to all inquiries

Compensation varies based on the nature of the event and audience, as well as the topic. If you download my speaking kit, you’ll find out more about pricing and terms.

I’m happy to consider both in-person and online speaking invitations.

In-person speaking
In-person speaking

I am starting to accept speaking engagements for summer 2021 and beyond, although all commitments remain tentative due to the ongoing uncertainty surrounding COVID-19.

Virtual/online speaking
Virtual/online speaking

I actively present with organizations such as Writer’s Digest, Authors Guild, Inked Voices, and Creative Nonfiction, among others.

Upcoming Events

Writer’s Digest Conference

Online • Nov. 5–7, 2020

One of the country’s largest writing conferences goes online.

Historical Novel Society

San Antonio • June 24–26, 2021

I’ll be delivering a keynote talk.

Kauai Writers Conference

Hawaii • Nov. 8–14, 2021

I’m teaching a master class on getting published.

Testimonials

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

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

Linda Joy Myers

National association of memoir writers

Erma Bombeck Workshop, 2018

Society of Children’s Writers and Illustrators, 2019

Emerging Writers Festival, 2019


Past Events

  • Digital Book World (2020)
  • StoryShop Summit (2020)
  • DeSales MFA residency (2020)
  • Missouri RWA (2019)
  • AdThrive Summit (2019)
  • Northeast Ohio RWA (2019)
  • Emerging Writers Festival (2019)
  • Society of Children’s Book Writer’s & Illustrators Conference – LA (2019)
  • Indiana Writers Center masterclass (2019)
  • Midwest Writers Workshop (2019)
  • VQR Writers Conference (2018–2019)
  • Stockholm Writers Festival keynote (2019)
  • University of Baltimore MFA Reading series (2019)
  • James River Writers’ The Writing Show (2019)
  • DPLAfest (2019)
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison Writers Conference keynote (2019)
  • Creative Nonfiction Foundation workshop (2019)
  • San Francisco Writers Conference keynote (2019)
  • Virginia Center for the Literary Arts (2019)
  • BookBaby Independent Authors Conference (2018)
  • Writer’s Digest indieLAB (2018)
  • Kentucky Women Writers Conference (2018)
  • Northern California Mystery Writers of America workshop (2018)
  • Bay Area Independent Publishers Association / BAIPA (2018)
  • Mechanics’ Institute Library / SFWC workshop (2018)
  • Mendocino Writers Workshop (2018)
  • The Writer’s Studio / Simon Fraser University (2018)
  • Dietitians of Canada National Conference (2018)
  • Las Vegas Writers Conference keynote (2018)
  • Erma Bombeck Writers Workshop (2018)
  • 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 (multiple years)
  • 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 Conference – NYC (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)
  • AWP (multiple years)
  • PodCamp Cincinnati
  • San Francisco Writers Conference (multiple years)
  • Mad Anthony Writers Conference (multiple years)
  • Willamette Writers Conference (multiple years)
  • Pennwriters Conference (multiple years)
  • Aspen Summer Words
  • Missouri Writers Guild Conference
  • Oklahoma Writers Federation Conference
  • Surrey Writers Conference
  • Yosemite Writers Conference
  • North Carolina Writers Network
  • South Carolina Writers Workshop
  • Harriette Austin Writers Conference
  • Midwest Literary Festival
  • … and many more