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Workshops and Presentations
With almost forty years as a teacher and librarian, Jeannie leverages her experiences as an educator, writer, and presenter

to create inspiring and worthwhile content for your patrons or group. 

Talks and Keynotes for Libraries and Groups

(More information below)

Author Meet and Greet

Want to chat with an author? I’m available for Q and A sessions or to talk about my books, writing, or genre fiction in general. I can gear programs for adults, teens (I have decades of experience as an educator), or both! Please reach out if you would like to talk about scheduling a visit. 

Hometown Stories: Long Island as Inspiration

(This library program is suitable for patrons over age 13.)

Join USA Today bestselling author Jeannie Moon on a journey around Long Island and discover how the unique makeup of our island home allowed her to create settings that are the perfect places to set down her characters. You will visit coastal hamlets on the North Shore, quirky downtowns, farms, vineyards, and ocean beaches, and learn how Jeannie brought the charm of the small towns and communities where she grew up into her award-winning stories. Additionally, Jeannie will share the story of how her large extended family came to Long Island in the late 1920s and how her history informs and enriches the books she writes.

 

Not Your Mama’s Bodice Ripper: The Modern Romance Novel

(This library program is suitable for patrons aged 16 and over. )

Award-winning and USA Today bestselling author Jeannie Moon invites you to join her for a frank discussion about the current realities of the world’s most popular genre - romance novels. People are often put off by dated and stereotyped perceptions of romance novels, but Jeannie will delve into the history of romance, all the way back to the scribbling women of the early 19th century, the connection to feminism and feminist lit, female agency, consent, and how the genre is becoming one of the most inclusive and diverse landscapes in publishing – all while continuing to be the most lucrative.

Jeannie is a multi-published author and a librarian with decades of experience. She will also spend some time talking about classic romances, as well as some of the newer titles to show attendees that romance has something for everyone.

Misconceptions, Stereotypes, and Empowering Journeys

Join Jeannie for a discussion about the power of the happily ever after. Drawing inspiration from her Long Island roots, Jeannie is a firm believer in the positive influence of romance novels. She will talk about how the genre can empower both readers and writers, and the part it has played in her journey to success as an author. Join us for a fascinating look at a genre that has been too often dismissed or overlooked, and find out how the stories, and the authors who write them, have changed.

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Past Workshops

Writing Groups

The Authors Guild (Long Island Group)

Romance Writers of America National Conference

2014-San Antonio

2015-New York

2016-San Diego

2017-Orlando

2018-Denver

2019-New York

A2P Seasoned Romance Writers

Chicago North Romance Writers

Connecticut Romance Writers

Georgia Romance Writers

Long Island Romance Writers

Moonlight and Magnolias – Atlanta 2018 and 2021

Hearts Through History Romance Writers

Maine Romance Writers

Capital Region RWA

 

Libraries

Westhampton Beach Library

South Huntington Public Library

Babylon Public Library

Smithtown Public Library

Hillside Library

East Islip Library

Bayport-Blue Point Public Library

Riverhead Public Library

Huntington Public Library

What people are saying...

"I attended Jeannie's workshop on creativity at my local library, and her words about finding my writer's voice resonated.  Jeannie knows how to inspire writers.

The book is in me, and I will write it."

~Lauren S.

Long Island, NY

Workshops for Writers

You've Written a Novel...Now What?

(For Libraries, Adult Education, and Arts Education Programs)

Writing a book is a huge accomplishment.  But what do you do after you've written "the end?" Award-winning, bestselling author Jeannie Moon will take students through the next steps in what is often a daunting process. The five-session workshop looks at the following topics: 

  • Revision and editing

  • Finding a market for your book

  • Queries and synopses

  • Working with editors and agents

  • Submissions, rejections, and offers

  • Self-publishing and what that entails

 

Jeannie will discuss her own experience, break down each step, and provide a collection of resources that students can use to advance their goals. 

Creating a Living Setting

Settings are more than a time period or a place to plop down your book’s characters.  A setting can be a living, breathing entity, whether it’s a small town or a brand-new world. Settings limit or expand possibilities for your characters, are a catalyst for change, act as a pain trigger, or provide comfort. The possibilities are endless.

This workshop will take attendees through the intricacies of creating a setting that will transport readers to a world of the author's creation and make them want to return again and again. This is a deep dive into the craft of using time and place to enhance the story’s depth and give readers a true sense of what your characters are experiencing.

Beyond Stretch Marks and Hot Flashes: Writing the Seasoned Romance

Romance readers are growing older, and so are the heroes and heroines in the genre they love. This workshop will take you through the ins and outs of writing a seasoned romance, from the physical realities of age to the subtleties of the older mindset. See how publishers are starting to embrace romances with more mature characters.

Topics covered will include both craft and marketing so authors can explore issues surrounding age, including:

  • The concept of love being ageless

  • How intimacy between older characters can be sexy and fun

  • The myth of eternal youth (and why we don’t need it)

  • Tropes that work well with seasoned romance

  • How to envision and pitch your book in a changing market

  • Fighting ageism in the industry

The Layered Heroine

Just as women have evolved over the decades, so have the romance heroines with whom they identify. No longer content to be rescued or domesticated, the modern romance heroine is made up of many different layers. In this class, attendees will be presented with examples of flat heroines and using techniques that incorporate backstory, internal and external conflict, speech, physical attributes, age, and outside influences, build a multifaceted woman ready to embark on her own journey and find happily ever after on her terms. This workshop can be customized for a one or two-hour presentation.

 

Running on Empty: Time Management for Writers

Part inspirational talk and part down-and-dirty methods, this class will inspire participants to find the best method to get off the hamster wheel and have significantly less stress. Using examples from popular methodologies, Jeannie helps participants learn how to establish a routine, understand the difference between a true plan and a to-do list, and help design manageable, meaningful goals in small steps. Having struggled with burnout, Jeannie knows how doing too much can sap away energy and affect a person’s health and creativity. Attendees will leave the workshop with the tools to establish a workable plan (based on personal preferences) that supports a demanding schedule and includes writing time. This program can be customized to fill a one or two-hour time slot.

Couple it with another workshop for a full day of learning.

NaNoWriMo: Setting Your Pace and Reaching Your Goals

Perfect for libraries. Can work as an adult or YA workshop. This customizable workshop will address the craze that is National Novel Writing Month. Using the NaNo website, planning and organizational tools, and a buddy approach, novices and experienced writers will be ready to attack the annual November challenge and have a 50,000-word draft done in 30 days.

Realistic Characters and Reader Empathy

Have you ever wondered how to create characters your readers love and can’t get enough of? Discover why characters that reflect real people—be they seasoned, plus-sized, or the guy or girl next door—are key to building strong reader connections. Explore traits that make a character genuine, relatable, and unforgettable; using tried and true archetypes coupled with tools meant to develop your strengths as an author, you can expand your audience and ensure that your books end up as reader favorites.

Public Library Programs

If you'd like to book a program or develop a class for your public library patrons, I am available for in-person programs on Long Island and in the Tri-State area (Nassau County, Suffolk County, Westchester County, Fairfield County), or virtually across the United States. I've done talks about the writing life, have participated in author panels, given writing workshops, hosted NaNoWriMo kickoff events, and done multi-session classes. If your patrons have been asking for something specific, let's work together to develop a program they'll love.

Additionally, I will be available on Long Island to act as a writer-in-residence for adults and teens. Please reach out if your public library is interested in having me work in this capacity.

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Information for Writing Groups

I create each class from the ground up and can customize it for your group. If there's a topic you'd like to see, and it's not listed, let's talk. If I don't feel comfortable tackling a topic, chances are I know someone who will.

I travel to conferences or teach on location several times a year. If you'd like me to present in person, please contact me at least six to nine months in advance to discuss travel arrangements and stipends. 

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