Rochester Area Children's Writers & Illustrators

For nearly 30 years, our organization has supported published and unpublished writers and illustrators for children's books and media.


RACWI supports the talents of our authors and illustrators by showcasing their work. As a profess-ional community, we share resources, provide workshops, and host events with guest speakers at

our meetings. Visit our Member Highlights and

School Visits pages to get to know the people who create the magical children's books that children, teens and adults enjoy. Learn more about RACWI

and its members at the About RACWI page.


RACWI sponsors the annual ROCHESTER CHILDREN'S BOOK FESTIVAL, comprising the core of its volunteers. This highly successful event is held every November.



Mission Statement


Rochester Area Children’s Writers & Illustrators provides coordinated monthly meetings to share knowledge about writ-ing and illustrating for children and information regarding the publishing process. Our goal is to help those writers and illustrators seeking publication in the field of children’s writing and illustrating and those

already published to improve

their craft through quality programs and workshops, critique groups, and the

RACWI Reports newsletter.




RACWI welcomes authors and illustrators who seek to improve their craft, to publish in the field of children's writing and illustrating, and those who are already published.


RACWI membership includes:


• Ways to enrich creativity and writing skills.

• Access to monthly meetings that include publishing and marketing guests as well as industry keynote speakers.

• Receive a monthly online newsletter.

• Access to our Facebook Page.


Welcome to RACWI Rochester Area Children's Writers & Illustrators

Art ©Annie Zygarowicz, member of  RACWI


“There is something delicious about writing the first words of a story.

You never quite know where they'll take you.”


—Beatrix Potter



To learn more about Yuko Jones, go to Illustration Spotlight on the Membership Hightlights

Art ©Yuko Jones, member of RACWI

Art ©Karen Sorce, member of RACWI

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Board members:

Kathleen Blasi, Co-President

Andrea Page, Co-President

Barbara Underhill

Vicki Dodd Schultz

Roxanne Chadwick

Vivian Vande Velde

Elizabeth Falk

Susannah Burhman-Deever

Mylisa Larsen

Linda Sue Park

Kim Jakway




Website Contributers:

Jenny Shipkowski

Roxanne Chadwick

Barbara Underhill,

Vivian Vande Velde

Kathleen Blasi

Andrea Page

Annie Zygarowicz, Zygdesignz Studio

(Website Design)

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