School and Library Visits
Amy is a former ELA teacher and school librarian who also spent ten years writing freelance articles, short stories, and poetry for standardized state tests. She is still certified to teach in Texas (1st-8th) with specializations in reading and English, a K-12 School Library certificate and her Masters of Library Science. Your students will be in good hands.
Please download the author visit brochure below to learn about visit options, speaking fees, Title I discounts, and more. (Informal Q&A sessions or panel discussions without a formal presentation are exempted from speaking fees.)
Three Things I've Learned about Writing and Publishing--Grades 4th –12th Adapted per grade. A description of my writing process, my experience with publication, and the steps a book goes through. Includes Q&A, and every student receives a signed bookmark. Most popular presentation.
Unlocking Your Story―Grades 4th-12th
Stuck for ideas? Intimidated by that blank page? We'll talk about how to create an interesting story that includes all the necessary information from the first page to keep readers engaged. Students will also get the inside scoop on common pitfalls for new writers.
Character Development—Grades 4th-8th
How to come up with ideas for characters and making them believable with indirect characterization (show not tell.)
Writing Workshop—4th – 9th, 1 class at a time
Mini-lesson (a list of possible topics can be provided) and workshop session. Please have students prepared to write.
Writer's Club Visit-- Any age
If you have a group of dedicated writers, Amy is happy to come spend an hour with them or eat lunch with them for free without a formal presentation.
Please note: Title One schools receive a discount on speaking fees and rural schools may also receive a similar discount. Let’s talk!
For teachers or librarians who have introduced my books to their classes, I am happy to do a free 20 minute Skype session about writing or my books.
If you’d like to have a more in-depth visit, Amy's rate for a virtual visit is $50 for a one hour Skype visit. (Title 1 Schools receive a 50% discount.)
Skyping is too difficult to schedule for all of your classes? No problem! Amy created an 18 minute virtual author visit that duplicates most of her basic presentation, interspersed with the slides used in her live presentation. Unlike with Skype, you can show this video at your convenience, stop and start as needed, and replay as many times as you'd like. After arrangements are made, Amy will send you the link to the video. Free.
Beyond school visits, Amy is also available for
Summer book clubs for bookstore or library
Special events like author panel discussions
Why do you charge at all for school visits?
Like any professional, authors work hard to become proficient at their craft. Creating presentations takes time and effort, as does coordinating visits, designing swag like bookmarks, and the speaking itself. Today, the majority of authors do not earn a livable income from their books. Like teachers, we love working with students, but most authors cannot speak schools for free. As a former teacher and school librarian, Amy sets her speaking fees low to work with the budget realities of most schools. Title I schools receive a discount, and rural schools may also be eligible. All children deserve the opportunity to have an author visit.
Parents and teachers can learn more about Amy and school visits by clicking here.
Thank you letter from a school librarian:
Amy Bearce took the time in her busy schedule last week to come to my school and talk to some of the 5th graders about the writing process. Her visit was a pleasure. It provided valuable information, gave the students a much more accurate idea of what they need to do to be successful as an author and has inspired more than a few of them to start writing.
The students especially enjoyed hearing about her books, how she got started, her inspirations, how she lays out scenes on her storyboard, and viewing her great clothing style. Amy's visit made a huge impression on the students that they even spread the word about her presentation to the students that were unable to see her talk. Amy was able to talk to almost half of the 5th grade which is around 150 students. By the next day, I was asked by many 5th graders who did not get to go to the presentation, wanting to know when they would get to hear her talk.
Thank you again for the memorable visit and presentation.
Free for You
In addition to free 20 minute Skype visits, you can find a series of shorter writing videos (10 minutes or less) on Amy's Youtube Channel, free for teachers to use. Amy will send sign bookmarks to classes of teachers who have seen her free book trailers or read her books.
Also available for free is a short FAIRY KEEPER book talk by Amy that's just four minutes long. This works well for librarians who are book-talking several books in a row.
Public Libraries: Amy is happy to visit with your book club informally for an hour without charge. Q&A or other format.
Let's make writing exciting for students!
If you need something different than what Amy offers, other authors who do school visits can be found at these websites:
And if you're an author who wants to learn more about school visits, a great place to start is at http://coolschoolvisits.com/!