Joan Marie Galat established MoonDot Media in response to the many requests she received to create and edit written content for corporate and government clients in broadcast, print, and multi-media. She is an international, award winning author of more than a dozen books, including a Canadian best seller and titles with foreign translations. Joan’s books are published by Whitecap Books, Scholastic Canada, Capstone Press, Pelican Publishing Company, and other professional publishing houses. An upcoming title with National Geographic Kids is scheduled for release in 2018.

Her extensive credits include hundreds of articles in newspapers and magazines, as well as numerous radio broadcasts for CBC Radio and other radio stations. A professional speech writer, Joan has written on a wide variety of topics for elected government officials and other clients, as well as her own speeches, including a United Nations Environment Programme event in 2016. Her freelance work has also encompassed writing exhibit text, radio and video scripts, educational materials, grant and award applications, business correspondence, an Internet cartoon,  and much more.

As a journalist, former radio announcer, and former magazine editor, Joan brings extensive communications experience to writing and editing projects. Her awards and honors include the Santa Monica Public Library Green Prize for Sustainable Literature, the R. Ross Annett Award for Children’s Literature (twice), and the Canadian Authors Association Exporting Alberta Award.

When not writing or editing, Joan can often be found talking about writing and editing. She teaches writing to both students and adults, provides keynote speeches and public speaking at conferences and other events, and offers consulting to aspiring writers and authors. When it’s time to escape from the computer, Joan enjoys stiltwalking. Look for the tallest author you may ever meet at festivals and other events in the Edmonton area.

Member of:

  • Access Copyright
  • All American Speakers
  • Canadian Authors Association, Alberta Branch
  • Canadian Children’s Book Centre (CCBC)
  • Canadian Society of Children’s Authors, Illustrators, and Storytellers (CANSCAIP)
  • Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators
  • Speakers’ Bureau of Alberta
  • The Writers Union of Canada
  • Writers Guild of Alberta
  • Young Alberta Book Society (YABS)

Joan in the News

CTV Television Clips

Sherwood Park News: Literacy and science combined

City TV – CityNews Edmonton: The Dark Night

630 CHED radio interview: Dark Matters – Nature’s Reaction to Light Pollution


CBC radio interview: Dark Matters – Nature’s Reaction to Light Pollution


Alberta Foundation for the Arts: Artist profile – Joan Marie Galat

Devon Dispatch: Local author receives international honour
Note: article should describe me as a resident of Parkland County, rather than Spruce Grove.

Manitoulin Expositor: Reach for the stars -Manitoulin’s dark skies offer incredible star gazing opportunities

Dark Matters – When it gets dark, most of us just switch on the lights. An upcoming book says we should be careful about how our lights may affect nature. Joan Galat is in Sudbury to talk about her book — “Dark Matters.” Listen audio (runs 5:29)

Manitoulin Expositor: Stories of the night sky will come to life at author’s talks this week

Devon Dispatch: Appreciating the dark sky

Parkland County author wins award

Sherwood Park News: Author reaches new heights

 Spruce Grove Examiner/Stony Plain Reporter: Local author brings a world of knowledge with her

NAIT Techlife Magazine

630 CHED: Award winning author with new book

Online Interviews

Query Letter Success

Letters from Scanlon Creek

Storytime Standouts