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Conferences: Agents


This list focuses on agents who represent Picture Books, Middle Grade and/or Young Adult books, though many of them represent Adult works as well. It is by no means a comprehensive list, but I hope it will help those who are looking for opportunities to meet agents and hear from them in person about what they would like to acquire and what they look for in a manuscript. I update the conference pages almost daily as organizations or agents announce their conference information. The only conferences listed that are outside the United States and Canada are by The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI).

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Hover over the images on the right to see which agent/agency represented that recent/upcoming book.

2015 Writers’ Conferences

March 3-4: SCBWI Southern Breeze Spring Mingle, Atlanta, GA
Karen Grencik—Red Fox Literary FORBIDDEN by Kimberly Griffiths Little; Agency: Adams Literary Agency

March 6-8: SCBWI Golden Gate Conference, San Fransisco, CA
Laurie McLean—Fuse Literary
Jodell Sadler—Sadler Children’s Literary

March 6-8: Big Sur Writing Workshop Big Sur, CA
Agents of the Andrea Brown Literary Agency

March 7-8: SCBWI Austin Working Writer and Illustrator Conference, Austin, TX
Jill Grinberg—Jill Grinberg Literary Management FROM WHERE I WATCH YOU by Shannon Grogan; Agent: Sarah Davies, The Greenhouse Literary Agency
Victoria Wells Arms—Wells Arms Literary

March 11-15: Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers’ Retreat, Estes Park, CO
Shannon Hassan—Marsal Lyon Literary Agency

March 12-14: SCBWI Whispering Pines Writing Retreat, West Greenwich, RI
John Cusick—Greenhouse Literary

March 12-15: Southern Breeze SCBWI Spring Mingle, Decatur, GA STOLEN MOON by Rachel Searles; Agent: Joanna Volpe of New Leaf Literary & Media
Karen Grencik—Red Fox Literary

March 14: LA Writers’ Conference, Los Angeles, CA
Jill Corcoran—Jill Corcoran Literary Agency
Jessica Watterson—Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency

March 20-22: SCBWI Indiana Conference, Spencer, IN
Rachel Orr—Prospect Agency

March 21-22: Create Something Magical Conference, Iselin, NJ MONSTROUS by MArcy Kate Connolly; Agent Suzie Townsend, New Leaf Literary & Media
Marisa Corvisiero—Corvisiero Agency
Emily Keyes—Fuse Literary
Emmanuelle Morgen—Stonesong Literary Agency
Alex Slater—Trident Media Group

March 27: Chesapeake Writing Workshop, Baltimore, MD
Jamie Bodnar Drowley—Inklings Literary
Leon Husock—L. Perkins Agency
Ella Kennen—Corvisiero Literary

March 27-28: North Colorado Writers Conference, Ft. Collins, CO THE HONEST TRUTH by Dan Gemeinhart; Agent: Pam van Hylckama Vlieg, Foreword Literary
Kimiko Nakamura—Dee Mura Literary Agency

March 27-29: California Dreamin’ Conference, Brea, CA
Laura Bradford—Bradford Literary Agency
Lucienne Diver—The Knight Agency
Courtney Miller-Callihan—Sanford J. Greenburger Associates

March 28: DC Writing Workshop, Arlington, VA
Jamie Bodnar Drowley—Inklings Literary
Leon Husock—L. Perkins Agency
Ella Kennen—Corvisiero Literary CHARISMA by Jeanne Ryan; Agent: Ammi-Joan Paquette, Erin Murphy Literary Agency

March 28-29: Spring from the Bay to the Mountains, Buckeystown, MD
Carrie Howland—Donadio & Olson

March 28: SCBWI Oklamhoma Conference, Tulsa, OK
Rachel Orr—Prospect Agency

April 4-5: SCBWI Eurpolitan Conference, Amsterdam, The Netherlands  PAINLESS by S.A. Harazin; Agent: Steven Chudney, The Chudney Agency
Brooks Sherman—The Bent Agency
Marietta Zacker—Nancy Gallt Literary Agency

April 17: The South Carolina Writing Workshop , Columbia, SC
Melissa Jeglinski—The Knight Agency
Robin Mizell—Robin Mizell Literary Representation

April 17–19: WWA SCBWI Spring Conference, Redmond, WA
Christa Heschke—MacIntosh & Otis
Rachel Orr—Prospect Agency THE LAST DRAGON CHARMER: VILLAIN KEEPER by Laurie McKay; Agent: David Dunton, Harvey Klinger
Jen Rofe—Andrea Brown Literary Agency

April 18: The South Carolina Writing Workshop, Charlotte, SC
Melissa Jeglinski—The Knight Agency
Robin Mizell—Robin Mizell Literary Representation
April 18-19: SCBWI Houston Conference, Houston, TX
Susan Hawk—The Bent Agency
Molly Jaffa—Folio Literary Management
John M. Cusick—Greenhouse Literary
HADES SPEAKS by  Vicky Alvear Shecter; Agent:  Courtney Miller-Callihan, Sanford J. Greenburger Associates; Illustrated by  J. E. Larson
April 24-26: SCBWI Iowa Conference, Davenport, IA
Jodell Sadler—Sadler Children’s Literary

April 23-25: Las Vegas Writers Conference, Las Vegas, NV
Pam van Hylckama Vlieg—D4EO Literary Agency
Siobhan McBride—Serendipity Literary Agency
Caitlen Rubino-Bradway—LKG Agency

April 24-25: Ontario Writers Conference, Ajax, Ontario, CanadaNew! THE FOUNDRY'S EDGE by Cam Baity & Benny Zelkowicz; Agents: Julie Kane-Ritsch &  Eddie Gamarra, The Gotham Group, Inc.
Olga Filina—The Rights Factory
Ali MacDonald—The Rights Factory

April 24-25: Orange County Christian Writes Conference, Santa Ana, CANew!
Terry Burns—Hartline Literary Agency

April 24-26: NESCBWI Spring Conference, Springfield MA New!
Jill Corcoran—Jill Corcoran Literary Agency
Kaylee Davis—Dee Mura Literary Agency EXTRAORDINARY by Miriam Spitzer Franklin; Agent: Mandy Hubbard, D4EO Literary
Linda Epstein—Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency
Elena Giovinazzo—Pippin Properties
Jennifer Laughran—Andrea Brown Literary Agency
Lauren E. MacLeod—The Strothman Agency
Ammi-Joan Paquette—Erin Murphy Literary Agency
Rebecca Podos—Rees Literary Agency
Kathleen Rushall—Marsal Lyon Literary Agency
Brooks Sherman—The Bent Agency

AN UNCERTAIN CHOICE by Jody Hedlund; Agent: Natasha Kern, Natasha Kern Literary AgencyApril 24-26: Pikes Peak Writers’ Conference, Colorado Springs, CONew!
Sandy Lu—L. Perkins Agency
Mary Sue Seymour—The Seymour Agency
Andrea Somberg—Harvey Klinger Inc.

April 24-26: Wisconsin RWA Write Touch Conference, Milwauke, WINew!
Sara Megibow—Nelson Literary Agency
Nicole Resciniti—The Seymour Agency
Jessica Sinsheimer—Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency THE GOSSIP FILE: Anna Staniszewski; Agent: Ammi-Joan Paquette, Erin Murphy Literary Agency

April 24-26: Tallahassee Writers Conference, Tallahassee, FLNew!
Laura Zats—Red Sofa Literary

May 2: SCBWI Spring Spirit Conference, Citrus Heights, CANew!
Kathleen Rushall—Marsal Lyon Literary Agency
Jodell Sadler—Sadler Children’s Literary

ADRENLINE CRUSH by Laurie Boyle Crompton; Agent:  Ammi-Joan Paquette, Erin Murphy Literary AgencyMay 3–10: Writing the Unreal: The Whole Novel Workshop in Fantasy & Speculative Fiction, Honesdale, PANew!
Tina Wexler—ICM Partners

May 8-9: Atlanta Writers Conference, Atlanta GANew!
Rachel Ekstrom—Irene Goodman Literary Agency
Andy Ross—Andy Ross Literary Agency

May 9: An Agent’s Perspective, San Diego, CANew!
Laura Perkins—Andrea Brown Literary

PictureTHE D'EVIL DIARIES by Tatum Flynn; Agent: Zoe King, The Blair PartnershipMay 15: Milwaukee Writing Workshop, Milwaukee, ILNew!
Jennie Goloboy—Red Sofa Literary
Laura Crockett—Triada US Literary
Jodell Sadler—Sadler Children’s Literary
Dawn Frederick—Red Sofa Literary

May 15-16: LDStorymakers Conference, Provo, UTNew!
Mark Gottlieb—Trident Media Group
Victoria Marini—Gelfman Schneider/ICM Partners
Jennifer Rofe—Andrea Brown Literary
Suzie Townsend—New Leaf LiteraryUNRAVEL by Imogen Howson; Agent: Mandy Hubbard, D4EO Literary Agency

May 16: Chicago Writing Workshop, Chicago, IL
Marcy Posner—Folio Literary
Laura Crockett—Triada US Literary
Jennifer Mattson—Andrea Brown Literary
Jen Karsbeak—Fuse Literary
Tina Schwartz—The Purcell Agency
Jodell Sadler—Sadler Children’s Literary
Jennifer Flannery—Flannery Literary

May 22-24: Big Sur of the Rockies, Boulder, CONew!NILES WORMWART ACCIDENTAL VILLAIN by D.M. Cunningham; Agent: Bree Ogden, D4EO Literary Agency
Andrea Brown—Andrea Brown Literary Agency

June 5-6: Southern Christian Writers Conference, Tuscaloosa, AL
Sally Apokedak—Leslie H. Stobbe Literary Agency
Karen Moore—Literary Management Group

June 7-12: Santa Barbara Writers’ Conference, Santa Barbara, CA
Paul Fedorko—N.S. Bienstock, Inc.
Toni Lopopolo—Toni Lopopolo Literary Management
Jennifer Rofé—Andrea Brown Literary Agency TUNNEL VISION by Susan Adrian; Agent: Kate Schafer Testerman, kt literary

June 12-15: West Virginia Writers Annual Writing Conference, Ripley, WV

June 12-16: Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference, Lands End Resort, Homer, AK
Andy Ross—Andy Ross Literary Agency

June 15-19: Writing & Illustrating for Young Readers, Sandy, UTNew!
Brooks Sherman—The Bent Agency

DEAD OVER HEELS by Alison Kemper; Agent: Kristin Vincent, D4EO LiteraryJune 18-21: Book Passage Children’s Writers’ & Illustrators’ Conference, Corte Madera, CA

June 26-28: Historical Novel Society Conference, Denver CO
Irene Goodman—Irene Goodman Literary Agency
Shannon Hassan—Marsal Lyon Literary Agency
Kevan Lyon—Marsal Lyon Literary Agency
Emmanuel Morgen—Stonesong
Nephele Tempest—The Knight Agency

ANYWHERE BUT PARADISE by Anne Bustard; Agent: Emily Mitchell, Wernick & Pratt AgencyJune 26-28: Writers’ League of Texas Agents & Editors Conference, Austin, TX
Emily Forland—Brandt & Hochman Literary Agents, Inc.
Kirby Kim—Janklow & Nesbit Associates

June 26-28: The Big Story Writers Conference, Los Angeles, CANew!
Jennifer AzantianAzantian Literary Agency
Steve Hutson—WordWise Media Services
Toni Lopopolo—Toni Lopopolo Literary Agency
Andy Ross—
Andy Ross Literary Agency DEVOTED by Jennifer Matheiu; Agent:  Sarah LaPolla, Bradford Literary

July 7-11: Thrillerfest, New York, NY
Liza Fleissig—Liza Royce Agency, LLC
Renee C. Fountain—Gandolfo Helin Literary Management
Louise Fury—The Bent Agency
Eric Myers—The Spieler Agency
Sarah Nagel—Writers House Literary Agency
Jeff Ourvan—The Jennifer Lyons Literary Agency
Alec Shane—Writers House, LLC
Erica Spellman Silverman—Trident Media GroupLOST: by S.A. Bodeen; Agent: Scott Mendel , Mendel Media Group
Jessica Sinsheimer—Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency
Alexander Slater—Trident Media Group
Uwe Stender—TriadaUS Literary Agency
Saba Sulaiman—Talcott Notch Literary Services

July 16-20: PNWA Writers’ Conference, Seattle, WA

July 22–25: RWA Conference, New York, NY

July 24-26: DFW Writers’ Conference, Dallas, TX

July 31-August 2: Writers’ Digest Conference, New York, NY

September 18-20: SCBWI MidSouth Fall Conference, Franklin, TN

October 2-4: Write on the Sound Writers Conference, Edmonds, WA
TBA in May

October 15-18, Florida Writers’ Association, Altamonte Springs, FL

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