Joan R. Neubauer

Joan’s Speaksheet

Invite Joan R. Neubauer into your store…

onto your radio program…

onto your television show…

or to speak to your organization.


An exciting, dynamic speaker, you will not soon forget.


       Joan regularly makes presentations to clubs, organizations, writers groups, conferences, and schools. Her  friendly style and genuine interest in her audiences makes for an immediate connection. Her vast reserve of knowledge comes from more than twenty years in the publishing industry in a variety of positions that range from freelancing to publishing.

       Knowledgeable yet approachable, Joan gives those who attend her presentations useful information and the feeling that they know her. She regularly receives mail from her readers and those who attend her presentations with updates on their writing projects and personal lives.

       Joan says, “I’ve been speaking to audiences for about 15 years now, and have great report with the people who come to hear me. I find it gratifying when they cry at sad moments I relate, and when they rise to their feet ready to take on the world because of something I’ve said.”

       Invite Joan to meet your audiences, and you’ll want to bring her back for more. You may contact her via email at or call her on her toll free number–877/380-3321.



Presentations by Joan R. Neubauer


Journal Writing and Family History


Tell it Like it Was

Award winning author and acclaimed speaker Joan R. Neubauer will guide participants through the five steps she wrote about in From Memories to Manuscript: The Five-Step Method of Writing Your Life Story. Attendees in smaller groups can participate in a hands-on workshop so that each gets to experience the process on a small scale.


Recording an Oral History of Your Family

Learn how to take advantage of family gatherings to collect and record family stories to pass on to future generations.


 How to Keep a Great Journal

The author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Journaling and Dear Diary: The Art and Craft of Writing a Creative Journal shows how to use a journal to accomplish goals, achieve spiritual growth, and keep a great family record.


The Writer’s Journal

Every writer should keep a journal to develop ideas, characters and hone the craft of fine writing. In this workshop, Joan leads a discussion with writers on how they can use a writer’s journal to develop their particular project.


Journal to Succeed

Use your journal to succeed in business. Learn how to set goals and design a plan for success. A real nuts and bolts seminar that will move you right to the head of any class.



For the Memoir Writer


The Noble Generation

       Everyone has a story to tell and for those who wish to contribute to the upcoming, second volume of The Noble Generation (a joint sponsorship of Barnes & Noble, Texas Department on Aging, and, this workshop shows participants what the editors are looking for.


The Snippets Memoir

       If you think writing a memoir from beginning to end is more than you can handle, this workshop offers a technique that will encourage and inspire even the most reluctant writer.


The Art of Memoir

Writing a memoir can take many forms. In this session, Joan discusses the many kinds of memoirs and how to write them.



For the Nonfiction Writer


Write a Selling Query Letter

A great query letter contains five basic elements. In this workshop, Joan details those elements, their uses and then has participants get started on their own query letters.


 Your Article: from Idea to Sale

For years, Joan freelanced for magazines and newspapers, selling her articles to local, regional and national publications. She will share her experiences and the processes she developed to succeed.


How to Write a Nonfiction Book Proposal

A formal book proposal for a nonfiction book scares off many a writer. In this workshop, however, Joan breaks it down into bite-sized pieces for easy digestion.



For the Fiction Writer


Get Started on that Novel

If you have the makings of a novel swimming around in your brain, this workshop will help you get the story out of your brain and onto the page. Joan shares her knowledge about research, synopsis writing, outlines, characters, and finally writing your book.


The Query Letter for the Novel

This seminar discusses the five basic elements of the query letter as well as the additional elements you need to include for a novel.


How to Submit Your Novel

The publishing industry has evolved to expect a certain protocol from its writers in the submission process. Any writer who wishes to succeed must be aware of that protocol. This seminar shares that step-by-step process to give you the professionalism and polish editors look for.


How to Create Memorable Characters

Writers find creating memorable characters one of their greatest challenges. In this workshop, Joan uses the basics of Freudian psychology, pop culture, and observation as techniques writers can use.


How to Write the Historical Novel

Writers of historical fiction face challenges in writing dialog, presenting historical facts, and creating characters, particularly composite characters. In this seminar, Joan offers suggestions on handling all three areas of this fascinating genre.






For All Writers


Goldilocks and the Three Bears: The Elements of Story

Whether you write fiction or nonfiction, the elements of story remain the same. This humorous, engaging workshop uses Goldilocks and the Three Bears as a model for constructing any piece of writing.


 The Empowered Writer

Publishing and technology offer more options to writers today than ever before. This seminar discusses those options, explores them and encourages writers to seek their own path to publication.


The Writer’s Journal

Every writer should keep a journal to develop ideas, characters and hone the craft of fine writing. In this workshop, Joan leads a discussion with writers on how they can use a writer’s journal to develop their particular project.



For the “Non Writing Expert”


The Back of the Room Book

Use your experiences and training to make yourself an expert with a published book. Learn how to write it, ask the right questions, find the right publisher, work with an editor, and publish a quality book to present yourself to the world as someone who has the answers. Put this entertaining, informative presentation by author Joan R. Neubauer on your calendar. Learn from an award-winning expert and take the opportunity to talk with her about your project.



For Those Who Wish to Succeed


Making Dreams Come True

Learn a simple three-step method that can help take anyone from idea to fruition. Joan talks about the importance of goals, planning, and working those plans to make things happen in your life.


Keynote Speech/After Dinner Speech

Every group has particular needs. I will be happy to customize a presentation for your situation.


Speaker Needs:

Microphone: Yes, if more than 35 attendees.           

Handouts: Will provide handouts.

Fee: Negotiable based on type of group and number of attendees.


  1. Joan, this is amazing! I know you live far away but in my writer’s group we have a lot of geneological writers trying to put their memoirs into a great format…not necessarily for publication but for their progeny and heirs…it’s a big part of our group, and let’s face it, telling a story well is telling a story well, no matter the genre. So I’m wondering, if we posed some questions, ahead of time, could we perhaps do an internet chat link with you where you could answer those and then have a short Q&A session? It’d be something we could afford and probably gain a lot from. An interactive thing for an hour. Let me know…we’d love your input. We’d love to have you in person and maybe if you get out this way for a signing we could do that and then have you speak to our group! Have your people call my people!

    There’s a lot of writer’s out there but you are a superb teacher and I think could speak really well to my group…a lot of them think they have no place in it because their goal is not publication but to write their history well…and I think that’s great.

    Comment by Robin — December 2, 2008 @ 2:34 am | Reply

  2. Robin, thank you for your very kind words. I love to teach and people tell me that I’m able to set them on the right path with their writing. I think that’s where my true talent lies.

    Robin, I think you have a great idea here. Sure, we could do this. Maybe start something like this right after the New Year. And I’d love to come back out your way for, maybe a workshop on some subject. Let’s talk more about this. And memoirs are one of my favorite things to teach about.


    Comment by joansbooks — December 2, 2008 @ 11:28 pm | Reply

  3. My spouse and I stumbled over here from a different web address and thought I might check things out. I like what I see so i am just following you. Look forward to finding out about your web page yet again.

    Comment by Best Seduction Tips — April 18, 2011 @ 8:19 am | Reply

    • Thanks. I have quite a number of topics that I speak on and work hard with event organizer’s to customize my presentations to specific needs. Write any time. I love input from everyone out there. –Joan

      Comment by joansbooks — April 18, 2011 @ 9:10 am | Reply

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