Rochester Area Children's Writers & Illustrators
Welcome to RACWI 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For nearly 30 years, our organization has supported published and unpublished writers and illustrators for children's books and media.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 professional 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.


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

Art ©Yuko Jones, member of RACWI



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.






• 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.







“There is something delicious about

writing the first words of a story.

You never quite

know where they'll

take you.”


—Beatrix Potter


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RACWI 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