Visits & Events One of the best parts of being an author is interacting with students, teachers and librarians. I’m up for all kinds of events from School Visits to Book Festivals to Library Conferences. Scroll below for my 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 state reading standards. Choose from one of the visits listed here or let’s talk about tailoring something special. 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 or Cookiesaurus Christmas. 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. Pre-K-K: 30 minutes; Powerpoint; single classes or larger groups of up to 200 1-3: 45 minutes; Powerpoint; single classes or larger groups of up to 200 4th-5th: 45 minutes; Powerpoint; single classes or larger groups of up to 200 (For these grades, rather than reading Cookiesaurus Rex, I’ll focus on the process of becoming an author and turning an idea into a novel using one of my middle grade novels as an example along with Story Stew.) “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 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 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! I’m waiving my fees for the 2018-19 school year 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) $800 (travel expenses apply outside the Phoenix area) HALF DAY: (2 45-minute presentations or 3 30-minute presentations to younger grades) $600 SINGLE PRESENTATION: $300 BOOKING A VISIT I’m scheduling visits now! Click on the contacts page and start the discussion or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. EVENTS & APPEARANCES 2019 (Events listed by date.) Spring School Visits (and other events) are Booking Now! April 5th Cookiesaurus Goes to Texas! 10-2:00pm Adinvita School Literacy Festival Odessa, TX I’m excited to be the Guest Author at Adinvita’s event where I’ll give a key note address, lead a Storytime, story creation exercises, and sign books. Mar 29th Monte Vista Elementary Phoenix, AZ School Visit: Cookiesaurus Rex & Creating Stories Mar 6th North Valley Regional Library Phoenix, AZ Skype Visit with High School Students: Turning Ideas into Stories Mar 2nd 10am. Burton Barr Library Phoenix, AZ Dr. Seuss Literacy Fair: Cookiesaurus Storytime Bring your little ones for a special day at the Burton Barr Library. I’ll be reading Cookiesaurus Rex at 10:00am–hope to see you there! Mar 1st St. Thomas Aquinas Phoenix, AZ Read Across America Event: Cookiesaurus Rex & Creating Stories Feb 19th Sky View Elementary Gilbert, AZ School Visit: Cookiesaurus Christmas & Creating Stories February 1-2 Arizona Library Association Annual Meeting Prescott, AZ Panel presentations and discussions with state librarians. Jan 31st World Read Aloud Day Skype Visit : Osseo Middle School, Minnesota PAST EVENTS & APPEARANCES 2018 Dec 18th Carminati Tempe, AZ School Visit: Cookiesaurus Christmas & Creating Stories Dec 4th Eduprize Gilbert, AZ School Visit: Cookiesaurus Christmas & Creating Stories Dec 1st Time TBD Barnes and Noble, Dana Point Chandler, AZ Cookiesaurus Christmas Story Time Bring your little ones for a read aloud and activity! Nov 20th Horizon Charter School Phoenix, AZ School Visit: Cookiesaurus Christmas & Creating Stories Nov 13th Carlson Elementary Chandler, AZ School Visit: Cookiesaurus Christmas & Creating Stories Nov 10th 10:00am Changing Hands Bookstore Tempe AZ COOKIESAURUS CHRISTMAS COOKIE PARTY Nov 6th Weinberg Elementary Chandler, AZ School Visit: Cookiesaurus Christmas & Creating Stories Oct 23 CTA Freedom Campus Gilbert, AZ School Visit: Cookiesaurus Rex & Creating Stories October 12th Cookiesaurus Rex goes to Denver! School Visit: Cookiesaurus Rex & Creating Stories Crowne Pointe Academy, Westminster ; Maxwell Elementary, Denver Sept. 25th – Sept 27th Cookiesaurus Rex goes to Missouri! School Visit: Cookiesaurus Rex & Creating Stories Morgan County R-1, Stover, Missouri Lincoln Elementary, Lincoln, Missouri Sept 14th 11:00am Barnes and Noble Chandler, AZ Cookiesaurus Rex Story Time Bring your little ones for a read aloud and activity! Sept. 12th Magical Journey Learning Center Chandler, Az School Visit: Cookiesaurus Rex & Creating Stories August 25th 11:00am Grand Junction Library Grand Junction, CO SCBWI Presentation: From the Page to the Stage; Writing Dialogue with Tips and Tricks of a Playwright August 22nd 7:00-9:00pm Montrose Library, Montrose, CO Your Path to Publishing: Join me and author Jeri Baird for a presentation on the two main paths to publishing: Traditional and Self-Publishing. Bring your questions! For aspiring authors of all ages. August 9th 1:00pm Ouray Library, Ouray, CO Library Event: Cookiesaurus Rex Story time and Cookie Decorating Party August 1st 3:00-4:00pm Ridgway Library, Ridgway, CO Library Event: Cookiesaurus Rex & Cookiesaurus Christmas 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 School Visit: Cookiesaurus & Creating Story from Ideas May 14 11:00am Arizona State University, Tempe 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 Sendas 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, Phoenix 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 Falcon Hill, Mesa; Broadmor Elem, Tempe; Weinberg Elem, Gilbert School Visits with Nate Evans, co-author of Cookiesaurus Rex 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, 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 Hancock Elem; Fulton Elem; Carlson Elem Chandler, AZ Area School Visits with Nate Evans 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!