Penny Johnson is a writer, an editor and an educator.
Penny has worked as an editor on literary and academic journals, notably Meanjin and Cultural Studies Review, and was a co-founder of Lilith: A Feminist History Journal. An accredited editor with the Institute of Professional Editors, Penny writes the Nitpicker grammar quiz for The Victorian Writer.
Penny’s children’s picture book When the Buffalo Wakes (illust. Jiri Tibor Novak) was published in Australia and South Korea. Recently she was a co-director of RMIT’s Writers Immersion and Cultural Exchange program (WrICE), and with colleague Stephanie Holt, Penny established the Write! Edit! Bali! study tour.
For over 10 years Penny was a sought-after trainer for government, business and community organisations. She developed customised courses in grammar, editing, proofreading, business writing and online communication for clients such as Victorian Hansard, Zoos Victoria, the Victorian Ombudsman, Oxfam and Writers Victoria.
Originally a secondary teacher, Penny has taught editing and professional writing at RMIT since 2002. In 2005 Penny was awarded a Student-Centred Teaching Award, representing RMIT at the national awards. In 2017 she, with other Professional Writing and Editing staff, won the Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Distinguished Teaching.
Penny is our Program manager. She also teaches editing.