Speaking + Workshops

I’ve spoken + given workshops at:

I’ve spoken + Given workshops at:

Meet Emily

I’m passionate about visual communication!

All of my work revolves around creating effective visuals and teaching others to do the same. I own my own business and work as an illustrator + designer. I wrote a book called The Art of Visual Notetaking. I teach sketchnoting via online courses and in-person workshops.

I love teaching and inspiring people across the US at businesses, universities, churches, ministries, conferences, and special interest groups. Illustration is for everyone! Drawing is the “human language” that transcends barriers like language, generation, location, and even time. It’s time to embrace the truth: Yes, you can draw!

    Come see me.


    January 8  | Immanuel Baptist Church |  Lebanon, TN

    February 5  | Metro Nashville Public Schools |  Nashville, TN

    March 7  | Watkins College of Art| Nashville, TN (cancelled)

    April 7University of Mobile  |  Online

    August 27-29 | Design Revival | Columbus, GA

    March 26th  |  University of Northern Colorado |  Greeley, CO

    April 13th  |  Craft Content Nashville|  Nashville, TN

    July 18th | Montclaire State University | Montclaire, NJ

    August 10  | Paper & Ink Arts |  Nashville, TN

    September 12th  |  Focus on the Family |  Colorado Springs, CO

    October 10th & 11th  |  Salt19 Conference |  Hendersonville, TN

    October 16th  |  Nomad Collab |  online

    Want to bring me in to speak or teach a workshop?

    I want to help you visually communicate!

    I speak and teach workshops for students, creative professionals, and communicators all across America. You may have seen me at conferences like Creative South, at colleges and universities, or on TV! Draw from my experience–I’d love to come to your group.

    My Topics:

    Sketchnote Academy Workshop
    Building a Creative Career After College
    Illustration 101 Workshop
    The Fresh Freelancer
    Making Church More Visual

    What People Are Saying:

    Three years ago, Emily spoke at UNC and really inspired me to think big! She made me realize that we shouldn't limit opportunities to a certain location and that led me to where I am today, currently interning in Barcelona. Thank you!

    Diana Caro

    She’s amazing, she tells you how it is and what the real world is like. It’s very helpful compared to the sugar coating you get every where else.


    Design student, University of Northern Colorado

    Am I confused about where my life is going? Yes. Will we be okay? Absolutely. Emily Mills made me realize we don’t have life figured out, and that’s okay.


    Marketing Student, University of Mobile

    Emily’s teaching style is so approachable and fun! Even if you’re like me and afraid your artistic skills are lacking, she’ll help you feel confident. You won’t regret taking her class!


    Workshop Attendee, Nashville, TN

    Sketchnoting takes practice. It was humbling, but I didn't want to stop! The 3 hour workshop went by so fast, I wanted part 2! Really enjoyed the workshop and meeting Emily.

    Johnny B

    Workshop Attendee, Chattanooga, TN