Visits & Events One of the best parts of being an author is interacting with readers, writers, teachers and librarians. That’s why I love to do all kinds of events from School Visits to Book Festivals to Library Conferences. Scroll below for School Visit Programs as well as a list of Upcoming Events and Appearances. SCHOOL VISITS I love to inspire kids through my own journey to publication (I got my first rejection letter when I was thirteen!), and to empower them to value their own stories and unique voices. My presentations are interactive and engaging with options to suit the size of the group and the needs of teachers/librarians. Choose from one of the visits listed here or let’s talk about tailoring something special. Amy’s presentation was fantastic from start to finish- she is engaging, relevant, witty, and meaningful. I know I loved her insight on the revision aspect of the writing process, but more importantly, my students loved it as well. After the presentation, students commented how much they appreciated her wisdom on a topic they are very much familiar with, but often feel in the dark about. —Michelle Spears, English Teacher, Saguaro H.S. MIDDLE SCHOOL & HIGH SCHOOL THE WRITING PROCESS & HOW IDEAS BECOME BOOKS Part education, part motivation and 100% entertaining, I share my 30-year path to becoming an author. (I was an overnight success…it just took about 10,950 nights.) 🙂 I’ll talk about ideas and how to start with a “what if” and turn it into a story. Using examples from my rough drafts, I’ll share the importance of revision and the process of getting published. And I’ll leave plenty of time for Q & A so each presentation truly reflects the interests of your group. 45-50 minutes; Powerpoint; single class or large group “Recently, our school had the privilege of welcoming author Amy Fellner Dominy to our elementary campus. Her presentation was not only engaging, but educational as well. I would highly recommend her visits and hope to have her back again next year!” —Mrs. Mayberry, Resource Center Specialist, Field Elementary ELEMENTARY SCHOOL STORY TIME & STORY STEW Get ready for lots of laughs as well as food for thought! I start with a short introduction, some True and False questions about Dinosaurs, and then read my picture book Cookiesaurus Rex. From there, we’ll talk about how your students can create their own stories with a Story Stew exercise that is as fun as it is educational. I’ll cover the ingredients of story in a visual way even the youngest kids can understand. Together we’ll create stories, reinforcing the lesson and giving them the tools (and motivation) to become storytellers themselves. Two Authors Instead of One: Nate and I do joint visits whenever possible. Check with me and we can talk about how to schedule a joint visit. 40 minutes; Powerpoint; single classes or larger groups of up to 200 “Amy is a fantastic writing mentor for kids! Her visits are funny, engaging, and definitely informative. My students couldn’t stop talking about it days later! If you’re thinking about bringing her to your school campus, you will not regret it! A combination of hands-on guided writing activities and a question and answer session makes her visits aligned to the common core and tremendously educational.” —Sheila Rowe, Coyote Ridge Elementary WRITING WORKSHOPS SMALL GROUP WORKSHOPS: DIALOGUE, CHARACTER, STORY PROBLEM I love teaching craft workshops and I’ll work with teachers on a topic that fits the curriculum. I bring a unique background and experience to my writing workshops because along with being the author of seven books, I’m also a playwright. I use tips and tricks I learned writing for the stage, including Reader’s Theater and writing exercises. Choose from your favorite topic: Dialogue, Character Development, or Creating Dramatic Story Ideas (Character, Goal, Conflict, Consequence.) 45-60 minutes “The kiddos were abuzz today with connections from your presentation. Your energy, expertise, and enthusiasm in your presentation definitely connected your love of reading and writing with our students.” —Ann Godby, Teacher-Librarian, Louisville Elementary, CO SKYPE VISITS Have Skype, will travel! 🙂 I’m happy to offer a free Skype visit to your classroom/book club/reading group. All I ask is that you have a classroom copy of my book. Skype visits will be 20 minutes with plenty of time for Q & A. BOOKING A VISIT I’m scheduling visits now for 2018. Click on the contacts page and start the discussion. I’m happy to work with you on dates, times, and prices. EVENTS & APPEARANCES 2018 March 1st Ingleside Middle School Literacy Night Panel Discussion with Phoenix Authors March 2nd Thomas Aquinas School, Phoenix, AZ World Read Aloud Day March 11th All Day University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ Tucson Festival of Books 12:00-12:30 Story time reading featuring Cookiesaurus Rex! 2:30-3:30 Abuse & Deception: A discussion with Laurie Halse Anderson & Amber Smith March 21st All Day Centennial Middle School, Tempe, Arizona School Visit: Ins and outs of writing and publishing April 4 – April 6th Dallas, Texas Texas Library Association annual meeting: TxLA Cookiesaurus Rex signing: 9:30, Thursday Join me and illustrator AG Ford for signed copies of everyone’s favorite dinosaur cookie!! PAST EVENTS & APPEARANCES 2017 September 23rd 10:00am Changing Hands Bookstore, Tempe, Arizona Cookiesaurus Rex Launch Party Join me and Nate and Storybook Kitchen for Story time, Cookie Decorating and Book Signing September 23rd Afternoon Embassy Suites Hotel, Paradise Valley, AZ Closing Keynote Address, SCBWI AZ Regional Conference “It All Starts with Today” Delivered by myself and fellow Cookiesaurus Rex author, Nate Evans October 13th 5:00pm-6:00pm Barnes and Noble, St. George, UT Book Signing Event with Best-selling author Terry Lynn Johnson October 20th Denver, Colorado School Visits with Jason Gallaher, author of Whobert Whover, Owl Detective Arapahoe Ridge; Brown Elementary: Denver area October 21st 10:00a – 2:00p Book Bar, Denver CO Book Bar Denver Children’s Book Festival October 22nd 11:00am Boulder Bookstore, Boulder CO Boulder Bookstore Event Story Time, Craft & Book Signing October 23th Denver, Colorado School Visits with Jason Gallaher, author of Whobert Whover, Owl Detective Foothills Elementary, Boulder CO; Louisville Elementary, Louisville CO October 25th Phoenix, AZ School Visits with Nate Evans, co-author of Cookiesaurus Rex Falcon Hill, Mesa; Broadmor, Tempe; Weinberg Elementary, Gilbert October 26th & 27th Mesa, AZ Mesa Convention Center Arizona Library Association Annual Conference (AzLA) Thursday, 26th: 3:30 Panel appearance Friday, 27th: 8:30 Panel appearance November 4th 6:00pm – 8:00pm Bright Side Bookstore, 18 N. San Francisco St. Flagstaff, AZ Young Adult Night @ Northern Arizona Book Festival November 8th 7:00pm-8:30pm Central Online Webinar Dialogue Tips and Tricks; Live Webinar for SCBWI Nebraska November 9th 11:00am-12:00pm Barnes and Noble, Val Vista Dr., Mesa, AZ Story time and Book Signing with co-author Nate Evans November 10th & 11th Phoenix Convention Center 100 N. 3rd St. Phoenix, AZ American Association of School Librarians Conference 10th: 10:45: I’ll be reading Cookiesaurus Rex with co-author Nate Evans. 10th: 1:-1:30pm: Nate and I will be signing books 11th: 4:30pm Young Adult “Meet & Greet” November 18th 12:00pm-2:00pm Barnes and Noble, Chandler Mall, Chandler, AZ Local Author Event Stop by to meet many of the talented authors who live in the Phoenix area. I’m excited to be part of the event featuring authors of picture books, middle grade and young adult. December 5th & 6th Chandler, AZ Area School Visits with Nate Evans Hancock Elementary • Fulton Elementary • Carlton Elementary December 9nth 2:00-5:00pm, Mesa Arizona Mesa Book Festival A day of fun planned at the Mesa Arts Center! Tons of activities: check it all out here: Mesa Book Festival Come see me at TWO different events: Reading and Signing by the Christmas tree: 2:40-3:00p: COOKIESAURUS REX YA Panel Discussion : The Writing Process 4:00-5:00pm w/ authors Laura Ellen & Sara Fujimara I’ll be signing books after both events if you’re still shopping for holiday gifts!