Visits

For me, one of the best parts of being an author is getting to interact 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.

SCHOOL VISITS

I love to inspire kids through my own journey of failure and persistence (I got my first rejection letter when I was thirteen!) and to empower them to value their own stories and their unique voices. My presentations are always interactive with lots of Q & A and I’m happy to engage kids through activities or writing exercises, depending on the size of the group and the needs of the 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.
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 some food for thought!  I start with a short presentation about my path to becoming an author and the importance of persistence. We’ll talk about ideas and I’ll share Cookiesaurus Rex with the class. From there, we can take this presentation in two directions:
1. Story Creation Exercise: Using a Story Stew exercise, I’ll involve the kids in creating stories of our own using Setting, Character, and Problem.
2. Learning about Collaboration: The Cookiesaurus books are co-written with Nate Evans. This provides the perfect opportunity to talk to the kids about sharing ideas, respect and teamwork.
And… a possible BONUS!
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.
30-40 minutes; Powerpoint; single classes or larger groups

“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’m happy to work with teacher’s on a topic that fits in with 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 Dominy’s presentation was interesting and engaging.  The students really enjoyed her author visit; they could have asked questions for hours!”
—Stephanie Angelakis, Akimel A-al Middle School

 

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 at least one classroom copy of my book and that the students are prepared in advance. Skype visits will be 30 minutes with the bulk of time for Q & A. 

BOOKING A VISIT

I’m scheduling visits now for the fall and next spring. Click on the contacts page and start the discussion. I’m happy to work with you on dates, times, and prices.

UPCOMING EVENTS

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
Stop by for a meet and greet and get books autographed in advance of the holidays!

October 20th    Denver, Colorado
School Visits with Jason Gallaher, author of Whobert Whover, Owl Detective

October 21st     10:00a – 2:00p     Book Bar, Denver CO     Book Bar Denver
Children’s Book Festival
Story Time with Cookiesaurus Rex, crafts, and more with Jason Gallaher and other authors

October 22nd      11:00am      Boulder Bookstore, Boulder CO   Boulder Bookstore Event
Story Time, Craft & Book Signing with Jason Gallaher, author of Whobert Whoever
Bring your kids for an hour of books and fun!

October 23th    Denver, Colorado
School Visits with Jason Gallaher, author of Whobert Whover, Owl Detective

October 25th    Phoenix, AZ
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, 18 N. San Francisco St. Flagstaff, AZ
Young Adult Night @ Northern Arizona Book Festival
I’ll be there along with other  YA authors to share stories and answer all your questions!

November 8th     7:00pm-8:30pm Central     Online Webinar
Dialogue Tips and Tricks; Live Webinar for SCBWI Nebraska