School and Library Visits
**Note due to Covid-19 restrictions, all visits are virtual currently.
Please download the author visit information sheet to the right in order to learn about more details. 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 on full day visits.
Unlocking the Story―Grades 4th-12th
A description of Amy's writing process, and experience with publication, including tips on writing your own story. Includes Q&A.
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 Google-Hangouts or other platforms will work--whatever your school prefers. Please see Amy's Virtual Author Visit page for more details!
Beyond school visits, Amy is also available for Summer book clubs for bookstore or library special events like author panel discussions
If you need something different than what Amy offers, other authors who do school visits can be found at these websites:
Let's make writing exciting for students!
And if you're an author who wants to learn more about school visits, a great place to start is with author Kim Norman's book, Cool School Visits.
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.
Pricing for presentations
(Note: Title 1 & rural schools may receive a discount. Let's visit!)
All author visits come with a set of books for your library, a set of books to give away, and a bookmark for each student attending.
Amy provides her own lunch when the schedule includes lunchtime, so you won’t have to deal with any planning beyond setting up the presentation area. Everything will be covered in one simple invoice.
One presentation (45 min-to-1 hour):
San Antonio area, Texas / $150
Elsewhere in Texas / $250 + travel expenses
Half day (two 45 min-to-1 hour sessions):
San Antonio, Texas/ $300
Elsewhere in Texas/ $400 + travel expenses
Full day (Three 45 min-to-1 hour sessions, with optional lunch round table discussion with select teachers or students):
San Antonio Area, Texas / $500
Elsewhere in Texas / $600 + travel expenses
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 watch 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 without a formal presentation.