School and Library Presentations, Workshops, Residencies, In-Service Meetings
-Can be adapted for different audiences from kindergarten to adults
-Can be held in class or conducted via Skype
-Feature real-time drawing by the artist/author
From Storyboard to Storybook: how a children’s book is made
Carolyn shows slides of the illustration and writing process from storyboard to storybook. Ideas look messy when they come out of Carolyn’s brain and usually need to be revised many times before they shine. Carolyn shows how she collects thoughts and refines drawings and paintings in her sketchbook. Carolyn winds things up with a demonstration: how to draw a portrait WITHOUT using an eraser. She gets an audience member to be the model, and leaves the portrait with the model when she’s done.
The Snow Show
Carolyn’s editor came to visit from California during a raging Alberta snowstorm. The temperature was –35C. The doors on the editor’s airplane luggage compartment froze shut.
“Hey,” Carolyn said to the editor. “Maybe I should write and illustrate a book about hot and cold!”
This presentation shows how you turn a very bad day into a good idea, and then turn the good idea into a book.
Using Sketchbooks to Grow Ideas
Break out your sketchbook for a session of drawing and brainstorming! Carolyn talks about how she collects ideas in sketchbooks. She uses her sketchbooks to grow stories, pictures and comic strips. Students will use Carolyn’s brain tornado techniques to write a story or draw a picture of their own.
From Ugh to Wow: using drafts to fix your stories and drawings
Sometimes ideas look ugly and messy and slimy when you first write them on paper. Carolyn works with students to
show it’s ok to try ideas 999,999 times just to see what they look like. Carolyn gives composition tricks and sketching
techniques to help students make stronger pictures and stories.
Other programs and workshops available upon request.
Free PDF study guides for Carolyn Fisher's books
REVIEWs of Carolyn’s visits:
“Carolyn Fisher was one of the most engaging, organized, and age-sensitive presenters I’ve ever seen encounter a group of kids...
Her stories of idea-collecting and journaling connected to learning my students are doing in school, and inspired them further for how those skills can be extended beyond school...We loved having her visit. The kids are still talking about the nose-blowing type of writing!”
–Carter Higgins, librarian
“Carolyn Fisher energized our university children’s literature course!...Students lit up when invited to help Carolyn crowd-source a drawing of a new character, and were thrilled to see the final product she sent to us the next day. Carolyn demonstrated storyboard process better than I could ever hope to, and students were intrigued by the ‘middle’ parts we don’t get to see in the published book...Her clear and friendly style and great laugh kept us all engaged!”
–Dr. James Erekson, professor