Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Monthly Meeting: Building a Better Portfolio with Eliza Kinkz, Laura Fisk, and Rachel Bostick

Date(s) - 03/13/2021
9:30 am - 11:00 am



Zoom link below.

In this panel with previous Austin SCBWI Portfolio Showcase winners, Eliza Kinkz, Laura Fisk, and Rachel Bostick, we will discuss what goes into making a portfolio that really SHINES, whether it’s for the conference, on a website, on social media, or in-person.


Eliza Kinkz is a Tejana author/illustrator who never stopped viewing the world through the bright colors of her crayon box. She is on a never-ending quest to capture the silly mischief of childhood in her stories, and draw butts. Eliza has worked on TV shows, music videos, and most happily on her own award-winning animated films. One time she was politely asked to stop playing George Lucas’s piano at Skywalker Ranch. Currently, Eliza lives in Austin, TX with her family, 2 cats, and probably another dead fish by the time you read this.






Laura Fisk is a freelance illustrator working out of Austin, TX. 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. 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.






Rachel Bostick is an illustrator based in Austin, Texas. Her work takes inspiration from a fascination with fantastical folklore, haunting historical tales, and old-world beauty to tell stories that are at once both mystical and eerie, and whimsical and wondrous. She often incorporates hand-lettering and custom typography in her illustrations, and enjoys creating work for a variety of applications including book covers and interiors, graphic novels, picture books, zines, posters, merchandise, etc.

When she’s not working at her home in Austin (daydreaming about one day working out of a Gothic manor deep in a forest), Rachel spends her time drinking coffee, analyzing horror movies, and spoiling her little goblins (these creatures are also sometimes known as cats).





The meeting will be open at 9:30am for members to connect and share news, then the panel will begin at 10am. is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

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The meeting will be immediately followed by our writer and illustrator critique groups.