Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Monthly Meeting: A Different Road to an Illustration Career with Laura Fisk & Crystal Kite Celebration – ONLINE

Date(s) - 11/07/2020
9:30 am - 11:30 am


Illustrator Laura Fisk
Photo by Meg Mulloy

This monthly meeting is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. See Zoom link below.

Having a small paper and home goods business selling dish towels and greeting cards online and in retail stores doesn’t seem like the clearest road to book illustration, and well it’s not! And that’s ok.

As we all know, the path in a creative career is not a straight shot, and there’s different ways in, to reach similar goals.

Laura will cover how and why she started her business Fisk and Fern; some tips to starting your own small business; why you should start before you feel ready; and how to pivot into book illustration.

Laura is a freelance illustrator working out of Austin, Texas. She is thrilled to have her first illustrated book out with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, “Sleeping bags to S’Mores,” a camping guide book by Heather Balogh Rochfort and William Rochfort.

She is also the owner of Fisk & Fern, a little paper and household goods company featuring her silly and strange characters. Her work is hand drawn using her iPad pro and an army of pens and pencils, with her background in printmaking informing her process. There’s always a good dose of silliness in her work, and hopes to make people chuckle and smile through her goofy illustrations. In addition to doing work for Cricket Media, her work has been featured in Buzzfeed and Parade Magazine amongst other wonderful places. She lives in Austin, TX with her husband, young son, and ridiculous pug, Salsa.

Following Laura’s presentation, we’ll celebrate two of our award-winning members: Meredith Davis for winning the SCBWI Crystal Kite Award for HER OWN TWO FEET: A RWANDAN GIRL’S BRAVE FIGHT TO WALK by Meredith Davis and Rebeka Uwitonze and Cynthia Leitich Smith, who won the NSK Neustadt Prize for Children’s Literature.

The meeting will be open at 9:30am for members to connect and share news, then the presentation will begin at 10am.

This monthly meeting is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. 

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If you are hearing impaired and need a sign language interpreter for this event, please email Regional Advisor Samantha M Clark at with your request. Please note that we will need a week’s notice.

The monthly meeting will be followed by Open Critique Groups at 11:30 for SCBWI members. (note special time, this month only)