Visits & Events

One of the best parts of being an author is interacting with students, 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 empower them to value their own stories and unique voices. My presentations are interactive and engaging and also tie in to core reading standards.
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 High, Scottsdale, AZ

 

MIDDLE SCHOOL & HIGH SCHOOL

THE WRITING PROCESS & TURNING IDEAS INTO 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 talk about ideas and the elements of story and then lead the kids through a Story Stew activity where we use Setting, Character, Problem and Resolution to brainstorm and create a story of our own. It’s always a lot of fun and kids leave excited about writing. A final Q & A gives students time to ask questions so the presentation truly reflects the interests of your group.
45 minutes; Powerpoint; single class or large group up to 200.

“Amy did a fantastic job! Her presentation was engaging and she kept the 7th graders interested for the entire time. They were excited to ask her questions and continued to talk about it the next day in class!”
—Shawndra Reid, 7th grade English Teacher; Kyrene Centennial Middle School, Phoenix, AZ

 

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

STORY TIME & STORY STEW  
Get ready for lots of laughs as well as food for thought!  I start by sharing my own love for stories, lead a fun True & False about dinosaurs, and then read my picture book, Cookiesaurus Rex. From there, I’ll show your students how they can create their own stories with a Story Stew exercise that even the youngest kids can understand. Using the ingredients of setting, character, problem and resolution, we’ll create a story together and your students will leave with the tools (and motivation) to become storytellers themselves.
Two Authors Instead of One: Nate Evans, co-author of the Cookiesaurus Rex series, joins me for visits whenever possible. Check with me and we can talk about how to schedule a joint visit.
K-2: 30 minutes; Powerpoint; single classes or larger groups of up to 200
3rd-5th: 45 minutes; Powerpoint; single classes or larger groups of up to 200

“The students and teachers can’t stop talking about Amy Dominy and Nate Evans visit last week! They did such a wonderful job connecting with our kids and sharing the book they have cowritten. Amy and Nate led a fun writing activity where the students created a story while Nate drew the characters.  Amy incorporated those ideas into an amazing story.  The students were engaged throughout their presentation!  They are asking to have them return to our school next year!! Thank you so much Amy and Nate for exciting our kids about books and writing!”
—Denise Brown, Librarian; Carminati Elementary, Tempe AZ

 

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

“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

 

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. 

“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, Louisville, CO

RATES
Right now, I’m offering FREE SCHOOL VISITS when you place a minimum order of books. It’s a great opportunity for the school. Instead of the money going to me, it will go toward books for the students and you can arrange pre-sales and use extra copies for the library or giveaways. Also, I can help you arrange pre-sales through a local bookseller.
FULL DAY: 50 book minimum
HALF DAY: 40 book minimum
SINGLE PRESENTATION: 25 book minimum

If you’d rather pay a fee, I keep my rates as low as possible. (These rates do not include travel expenses if out of the Phoenix metropolitan area.)
FULL DAY: (3 45-minute presentations or 4 30-minute presentations to younger grades)
$600 (travel expenses apply outside the Phoenix area)
HALF DAY: (2 45-minute presentations or 3 30-minute presentations to younger grades)
$500
SINGLE PRESENTATION:
$300

BOOKING A VISIT
I’m scheduling visits now! Click on the contacts page and start the discussion or email me at amy@amydominy.com.

EVENTS & APPEARANCES 2018
(Events listed by date. Scroll down for what’s happening right now.) 

May 19th     9:00-12:00pm    Writing Workshop Open to All Writers
Join me for a workshop where I’ll share the secrets tips of writing great dialogue I learned as a playwright. All the details are here:  https://piper.asu.edu/classes/amy-fellner-dominy/writing-dialogue-workshop

May 16       Carminati Elementary, Tempe, AZ
School Visit: Cookiesaurus & Creating Story from Ideas

May 14         11:00am   Arizona State University,  Tempe, AZ
El Dia de Los Ninos Book Event for Valley middle & high school kids

May 10th     4:30pm    THE BOOK STALL     811 Elm St. Winnetka, IL
Cookiesaurus Rex Party! 
Bring the little ones for a story time followed by yummy cookie decorating fun! Click the link for more information! 
http://www.thebookstall.com/event/cookiesaurus-rex-party-amy-fellner-dominy

May 10th       Winnetka Nursery and Harper School, Winnetka, IL:
School Visits:  Cookiesaurus & Creating Story from Ideas

May 5th     4:00-6:00pm       Barnes and Noble, Happy Valley
YA BOOK SIGNING: 5 Authors, a ton of fun. Please stop by! 

May 4th     7:00pm       Changing Hands Bookstore, Tempe
Open Mic Night & THE FALL OF GRACE Launch Party
 Or just come and listen, enjoy some desserts and get a copy of my newest book autographed.   

May 2nd       Sequoia Pathways Academy, Phoenix, AZ
School Author Event: Creating Story from Ideas, Grades K-5

April 24       Las Senda Elementary, Mesa, AZ
School Visit: Cookiesaurus & Creating Story from Ideas

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!!

March 21st      All Day       Centennial Middle School, Tempe, Arizona
School Visit: Ins and outs of writing and publishing; Story Creation for 7-8th grade

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 2nd       Thomas Aquinas School, Phoenix, AZ
World Read Aloud Day 

March 1st    Ingleside Middle School
Literacy Night Panel Discussion with Phoenix Authors

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!