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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. Throughout the year, I will update this page as organizations or agents announce their conference information.

Many of the conferences listed here are brought to you by The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), which has a terrific new website. All events for all chapters are now on the main website. In the list below, if clicking a SCBWI event takes you to the SCBWI homepage, look at the dates on the Event Calendar and click the event you’d like to see.

I welcome updates and corrections! Please send me a note through my Contact page. Follow my tweets for more writing workshop info.

New feature! Hover over the images on the right to see which agent/agency represented that book.


2014 Writers’ Conferences

September 18-20: Hampton Writers’ Conference, Virginia Beach, VA
Linda Epstein—The Jennifer DeChiara Literary AgencyTHE GREAT GREEN HEIST by Varian Johnson; Agent: Sara Crowe, Harvey Klinger, Inc.
Emily Gref—Lowenstein Associates Inc.
Kimiko Nakamura—Dee Mura Literary
Kaylee Davis—Dee Mura Literary

September 19-20: In the Heart of it All—SCBWI Northern Ohio Conference, Cleveland, OH
Danielle Smith—Red Fox Literary
Kerry Sparks—Levine/Greenberg Literary Agency, Inc.

IN REAL LIFE by Lawrence Tabak; Published by Tuttle PublishingSeptember 19-20: Central Coast Writers Conference, San Luis Obispo, CA
Karen Grencik—Red Fox Literary
Laurie McLean—Foreword Literary

September 19-21: Southern California Writers’ Conference, Newport Beach, CA
Gordon Warnock—Foreword Literary
Jennifer Azantian—Azantian Literary
More TBA
THE NIGHTINGALE'S NEST by Nikki Loftin; Agent: Susie Townsend, New Leaf Literary
September 19-21: A Weekend For Words, San Diego, CA
Jennifer Azantian—Azantian Literary Agency
More TBA

September 19-21: Return to Mackinac: SCBWI Fall 2014 Conference, Mackinac Island, MI
Jodell Sadler—Sadler Children’s Literary

September 19-21: Fall SCBWI Carolinas Conference: To Tell A Tale, Charlotte, NCDROWNED by Nichola Reilly; Agent:  Jim McCarthy at Dystel & Goderich Literary Management
Susan Hawk—The Bent Agency
Emily Mitchell—Wernick & Pratt
Christa Heschke—McIntosh & Otis

September 20: INW SCBWI Conference, Spokane, WA
Stephen Fraser—Jennifer DeChiara Literary Agency

September 20: Women Who Write 4th Annual Writers’ Conference, Madison, NJ
Bridget Smith—Dunham Literary, Inc. SNOW DOG SAND DOG: Linda Joy Singleton; Agent: Jill Corcoran

September 20: Ozark Romance Writers Conference, Springfield, MONew!
Nicole Resciniti—Seymore Angency

September 20-21: Rocky Mountain SCBWI Letters & Lines Conference, Golden, CO ICE DOGS by Terry Lynn Johnson; Agent: Jennifer Laughran, Andrea Brown Literary Agency
Terrie Wolf—AKA Literary
Tricia Lawrence—Erin Murphy Literary

September 25-27: American Christian Fiction Writers Conference, St. Louis, MONew!
Steve Laube—The Steve Laube Agency
Tamela Hancock MurrayThe Steve Laube Agency
Sue Brower—Natasha Kern Literary Agency

September 25-28: New York Pitch Conference, New York, NYNew!LUCKY ME by Cindy Callaghan; Agent: Mandy Hubbard
Paula Munier—Talcott Notch Literary Services

September 26-27: Ridgefield Writers’ Conference, Ridgefield, CT
Emily Keyes—Foreword Literary
Diana Finch—Diana Finch Agency
Jessica NegronTalcott Notch Literary Services

September 26-28: Oklahoma SCBWI Fall Retreat, Stroud, OK
Minju Chang—BookStop Literary Agency
Christa Heschke—McIntosh and Otis BACKHOE JOE by Lori Alexander; Agent: Kathleen Rushall

September 27-28: SCBWI North Texas Fall Conference, Addison, TX
Sarah Davies—Greenhouse Literary

September 27-28: Flathead River Writers’ Conference, Kalispell, MTNew!
Bree Ogden—D4EO Literary Agency
Jim McCarthy—Dystel & Goderich Literary Management

October 4: NW Houston RWA Lone Star Conference, Houston, TX
Kim Lionetti—Bookends Literary Agency

October 4: Castle Rock Writers’ Conference, Castle Rock, CO
Gordon Warnock—Foreword Literary

October 10-12: GRW Moonlight and Magnolias Conference, Norcross, GA
Jordy Albert—The Booker Albert Literary Agency
Stefanie Lieberman—Janklow & Nesbit Associates ALL THROUGH MY TOWN by Jean Reidy, Agents: Erin Murphy Literary Agency

October 11: SCBWI Southern Breeze Writing & Illustrating for Kids Conference,  Hoover, AL
Courtney Miller-Callihan—Greenburger and Associates
Jodell Sadler—Sadler Children’s Literary

October 10-11: RWA Central Ohio Fiction Writers’ Conference, Worthington, OHNew!
Brittany Booker—The Booker Albert Literary Agency

October 16-19: Women Writing the West , Golden CONew!
Sandra Bond—Bond Literary Agency
Kate Schafer Testerman—kt literary
Terrie Wolf—AKA Literary, LLC

October 17-19: Emerald City Writers’ Conference, Bellevue, WANew!
Laura Bradford—Bradford Literary
Eric Ruben—Ruben Agency
Kathleen Rushall—Marsal Lyon Literary
Suzie Townsend—New Leaf Literary

October 17-19: PCCWW’s Whole-Novel Workshop, Santa Cruz, CAIT JES' HAPPENED by Don Tate; Agent: Caryn Wiseman at Andrea Brown Literary Agency
Scott Treimel—Agent, S©ott Treimel NY

October 17-19: Canada East Fall Conference, Ottawa ON
Rubin Pfeffer—Agent

October 20-26: Muse Online Writers Conference, ONLINETHE TRUTH ABOUT ALICE by Jen Matthieu; Agent: Sarah LaPolla, Bradford Literary

October 23-26: Florida Writers Annual Conference, Orlando, FL
Carly Watters—PS Literary Agency
Laura Zats—Red Sofa Literary
Kathleen Ortiz—New Leaf Literary & Media
Jennie Goloboy—Red Sofa Literary

October 24-26: Surrey International Writers’ Conference, Surrey, BC, Canada
Linda Epstein—Jennifer DeChiara Literacy Agency MILLION WAYS HOME by Diana Winget, Agent: Lara Perkins, Andrea Brown Literary Agency
Rachel Coyne—Fine Print Literary
Mandy HubbardD4EO Literary
Michelle L. Johnson—Inklings Literary Agency
Kristin Nelson—Nelson Literary Agency
Patricia Ocampo—Transatlantic Agency
Bree Ogden—
D4EO Literary
Andy Ross—Andy Ross Agency
Carolyn Swayze—Carolyn Swayze Agency
Nephele Tempest—The Knight Agency
Pooja Menon—Kimberley Cameron & Associates GILDED by Christina Farley; Agent: Jeff Ourvan at Jennifer Lyons Literary Agency
Gordon Warnock—Foreword Literary

October 24-26: 24th Annual SCWW Conference, Myrtle Beach, SC
Samantha Bagood—Adams Literary

October 24-26: Chicago Writers Conference, Chicago, IL
Marcy Posner—Folio Literary
Danielle Egan-Miller—Browne & Miller Literary Associates
Joanna MacKenzie—Browne & Miller Literary AssociatesTHE SECRET HUM OF A DAISY by Tracy Holczer; Agent:Rosemary Stimola

October 25: CenCal SCBWI Writers’ Days, Thousand Oaks, CA
Fiona Kenshole—Transatlantic Agency

November 1: The Indiana Writing Workshop, Indianapolis, IN
Whitely Abell—Inklings Literary

November 6-8: World Fantasy Con, Washington, D.C.
Laurie McLeanForeword Literary

November 6-9: 9th Annual Sanibel Island Writers Conference, Sanibel Island, FL
Christopher Schelling—Selectric Artists
JL Stermer—N.S. Bienstock

November 7-8: Kansas SCBWI Fall Conference, Overland Park, KS
Karen Grencik—Red Fox Literary Agency
Jennifer Mattson—Andrea Brown Literary Agency

November 7-9: New England Crime Bake, Boston, MA
Paula Munier—Talcott Notch Literary Services
Kimiko Nakamura—Dee Mura Literary
Alex Shane—Writers House
Jessica Sinsheimer—Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency ABBY SPENCER GOES TO BOLLYWOOD by Varsha Bajaj; Agent: Jill Corcoran, Jill Corcoran Literary
Rachel Ekstrom—Irene Goodman Agency

November 8: Agent Circles, San Diego, CANew!
Thao Le—Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency
Taylor Martindale—Full Circle Literary
Patricia Nelson—Marsal Lyon Literary Agency
Stefanie von Borstel—Full Circle Literary

November 8: Brazos Valley SCBWI Connections & Craft Conference, Bryan, TX THE TWINNING PROJECT by Robert Lipsyte; Agent: Jay Mandel, William Morris Endeavor
Jodell Sadler—Sadler Children’s LiteraryNew!

November 8: Bayou Writers’ Group: A Bridge to Publication, Lake Charles, LA New!
Jessica Kirkland—The Blythe Daniel Agency, Inc.

November 8: SCBWI Arizona Annual Conference, Scottsdale, AZ

November 8: Western PA SCBWI Fall Conference, Pittsburgh, PANew!
Brianne Johnson—Writers House
Tricia Lawrence—Erin Murphy Literary

November 11: Agents Panel, New York, NYNew! DISAPPEARANCE AT HANGMAN'S BLUFF by J.E. Thompson; Agent: Stephen Barbara, Foundry Literary + Media
Heather Alexander—Pippin Properties
Suzie Townsend—New Leaf Literary & Media
Alex Slater—Trident Media Group

November 14: Colorado Writing Conferences, Boulder CONew!
Sara Megibow—Nelson Literary Agency
Shannon Hassan—Marsal Lyon Literary Agency
Renee Nyen—KT Literary
Sandra Bond—Bond Literary

November 15: Colorado Writing Conferences, Denver, CONew!MADE FOR YOU by Melissa Marr; Agent: Merrilee Heifetz, Writers House
Erin Buterbaugh—MacGregor Literary
Sara Megibow—Nelson Literary Agency
Shannon Hassan—Marsal Lyon Literary Agency
Renee Nyen—KT Literary
Alex Barba—Inklings Literary

November 21: The Arizona Writing Workshops, Phoenix, AZNew!
Adriann Ranta—Wolf Literary Services

November 22: The Arizona Writing Workshops, Tucson, AZ New! DEAD OVER HEELS by Alison Kemper; Agent: Kristin Vincent, D4EO Literary
Adriann Ranta—Wolf Literary Services

December 5-7: Big Sur Writing Workshop, Big Sur, CA
Andrea Brown—Andrea Brown Literary Agency
Caryn Wiseman—Andrea Brown Literary Agency
Jennifer Rofé—Andrea Brown Literary Agency
Jennifer Laughran—Andrea Brown Literary Agency
Lara Perkins—Andrea Brown Literary Agency

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