Author talks

Writing events

Corporation/keynote events

Difference, diversity & disability talks and PD sessions
'Buddina State School was very blessed to have Jenny come and share her story and that of others living with difference. Each lesson was created age appropriately and the children really enjoyed discovering and celebrating their own personal uniqueness and sameness. Staff were also provided with some very practical sills to work with children with disabilities and managing difference in their classrooms. I highly recommend Jenny's inclusion story for all schools and their communities.' - Buddina State School, 2018
'After reading the book Wonder by R J Palacio to our Year 5s we invited Jenny to speak about her and her children's experiences with their facial difference (Crouzon syndrome). Jenny held the interest of 44 children, most of whom find it difficult to sit still and listen, for a whole hour. She was thoroughly engaging and made these types of conditions real to them. She is real, funny, brave and an inspiration. She has given our students an experience that they won't forget in a long time.' - Our Lady of the Way, Petrie. 2018
'Thank you very much for your interesting and informative talk today to the Pine Rivers View Club. I think we need to be reminded occasionally that some people have difficulties not of their making, yet can get on with life regardless.' - Pine Rivers View Club

About Jenny's Writing and Speaking Engagements

Jenny is available for speaking engagements at schools, clubs, organisations and churches. Below are a list of topics she can speak about and workshop. These can be modified to suit the audience. Jenny can speak to Prep students through to adults. She can work with a class through to a year level/lower, middle, upper students. Fees are charged at the Australian Society of Authors rates. Please contact Jenny via or call her on 0419 704 803 if you have queries or would be interested in having her at your school or event.

Some examples of what Jenny speaks about:
Author Talk & Creative Writing workshops
Jenny's journey to becoming an author, and about her books. Writing activities can be included. 

Jenny can run creative writing workshops on a variety of topics related to her books.
To be or not to be  a 'Wonder'. Life with a facial difference
If your class has read the book 'Wonder' by RJ Palacio, then this is the perfect talk for your students.
Jenny speaks about Auggie and how his life compares to her own childhood experience growing up with a craniofacial syndrome. She briefly talks about her two children who also have her syndrome and some of their experiences. Facial differences are explained, and Jenny shares significant stories from her childhood. The other characters from Wonder are also discussed.
Jenny relates her life to the students who feel different, and gives them strategies to cope and rise to become the greatest version of themselves they can be. If time permits Jenny also gives strategies for what to do when a student meets someone who is different.
This talk is suitable for primary or secondary, and is curriculum related.
Included with this presentation is a copy of Jenny's YA novel, Ride High Pineapple.

Jenny also does a general facial difference talk where she speaks about being different and society's negative labels. Jenny offers strategies for how to be happy with your uniqueness, so you can rise above bullying and prejudices to find inner strength, focus and determination for inner growth and success.
'Oh she's so amazing!' The quest for an ordinary inclusive life for a child with a disability
Jenny's journey with her 12-year-old daughter who has Down syndrome. Her initial reaction to the news, the early years and fears, then the purposeful vision and decisions made to help her daughter achieve an ordinary life. Jenny gives practical tips and strategies for parents and grandparents who have a child with special needs.
Be Weirdly Wonderful! Mindsets
to embrace your difference
Jenny's life has been riddled with struggles- growing up with a facial difference, constant bullying at school,  a domestic violence marriage, being suicidal, bouts of depression, Generalised Anxiety Disorder, children with disabilities and high medical needs, trying to be a supermum... Over time she  have learnt particular strategies and mindsets which have helped her to cope. In this presentation Jenny gives five strategies to help the student or adult embrace their difference and be the best version of themselves they can be.

   Christian Talks
Who are you? Society's versus God's labels                 
From the moment we are born society pins labels on us - the first one is normally girl or boy. Over time more labels are added - some positive, others negative. What we believe and how we internalise these labels affects our self-esteem and our self-direction. The effects of social media and Hollywood on labels and our perceptions of beauty don't help. This is a discussion of the world's labels that we have pinned on us, versus the labels that God from the bible for us. This talk includes an activity where we destroy society's labels and let God begin to heal us. This talk is great for a Ladies Night function.
My Testimony
Hear about Jenny's Christian journey and her proof that God never promised us an easy life. Her lesson she learnt through her life of struggles is that no matter what happens to us, God never leaves us, and is looking after us, even if we cannot see it at the time. And over time God will use our experiences to help other people and fulfil our destiny; and ultimately to bring glory to Him.