School and Library Visits
In addition to being an author of four books with three more under contract, Amy is a former ELA teacher and school librarian who has sold over 300 short stories, articles, and poems for standardized state tests over the last 16 years. She is certified to teach in Texas (1st-8th) with specializations in reading and English, and has 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 are exempted from speaking fees/honorariums.)
All presentations include a set of Amy's book for your library, a set of her books for a giveaway, and bookmarks for every student attending. Amy also provides her own lunch.
Three Things I've Learned about Writing and Publishing--Grades 4th –12th Adapted per grade. A description of Amy's writing process, my experience with publication, and the steps a book goes through. Includes Q&A. Most popular presentation.
Unlocking Your Story―Grades 4th-12th
Stuck for ideas? Intimidated by that blank page? Amy will 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, 1-2 classes 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 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!
Virtual Author VIsits
Amy has two different Virtual Author Visit options with a free option available. Virtual visits are easy to plan and schedule from anywhere, without lodging or travel expenses! Amy prefers Zoom, but Skype, Google-Hangouts or other platforms will work--whatever your school prefers.
Please see Amy's Virtual Author Visit page for more details!
Parents and teachers can learn more about Amy and school visits by clicking here.
Beyond school visits, Amy is also available for
Summer book clubs for bookstore or library
Special events like author panel discussions
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 the free virtual visit option, you can find a series of shorter writing videos (10 minutes or less) on Amy's Youtube Channel.
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. Amy will send sign bookmarks to classes of teachers who have seen her book trailers or read her books.
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/!