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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.

Many of the conferences listed here are brought to you by The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). 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.

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

2015 Writers’ Conferences

ADRENLINE CRUSH by Laurie Boyle Crompton; Agent:  Ammi-Joan Paquette, Erin Murphy Literary AgencyJanuary 16-18: The Hero’s Journey to Children’s Publishing, Miami, FL
Linda Epstein—Jennifer DeChiara Literary
Ginger Clark—Curtis Brown
Heather Alexander—Pippin Properties

January 17-25: Writers in Paradise conference, St. Petersburg, FL
Bill Contardi—Brandt & Hochman

FORBIDDEN by Kimberly Griffiths Little; Agency: Adams Literary AgencyJanuary 23-25: San Diego State University Writers’ Conference, San Diego, CA
Amy Boggs—Donald Maass Literary Agency
Annie Bomke—Annie Bomke Literary Agency
Alison Fargis—Stonesong
Jessica Faust—BookEnds Literary Agency
Thao Le—Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency
Kevan Lyon—Marsal Lyon Literary Agency
Jim McCarthy—Dystel & Goderich Literary
Angela Rinaldi—Angela Rinaldi Literary
Brooks Sherman—The Bent Agency HADES SPEAKS by  Vicky Alvear Shecter; Agent:  Courtney Miller-Callihan, Sanford J. Greenburger Associates; Illustrated by  J. E. Larson
Caryn Wiseman—Andrea Brown Literary Agency
Sarah Younger—Nancy Yost Literary Agency

January 30-February 1: SCBWI International Conference, New York, NY
Jennifer Laughran—Andrea Brown Literary Agency
Barry Goldblatt—Barry Goldblatt Literary LLC
Tina Wexler—International Creative Management

February 6: Kentucky Writing Workshop, Louisville, KYNew! EVIDENCE OF THINGS NOT SEEN by Lindsey Lane; Agent: Erin Murphy, Erin Murphy
Alice Speilburg—Speilburg Literary
Brent Taylor—TriadaUS Literary

February 6-8: Love is Murder, Chicago, IL New!
Marcy Posner—Folio Literary Management

February 7: Tennessee Writing Workshop, Nashville, TNNew!
Lauren MacLeod—Strothman Agency
Julie Gwinn—The Seymour Agency JUST A DROP OF WATER by Kerry O'Malley Cerra; Agent: Liza Fleissig at Liza Royce Agency
Cate Hart—Corvisiero Literary
Alice Speilburg—Speilburg Literary
Brent Taylor—TriadaUS Literary

February 12-15: San Francisco Writers Conference, San Francisco , CANew!
Irene Goodman—Irene Goodman Literary Agency
Natasha Kern—Natasha Kern Literary Agency Inc.
Laurie McLean—Fuse Literary THE BOUNDLESS by Kenneth Oppel; Agent: Stephen Malk, Writers House
Andy Ross—Andy Ross Literary Agency
Gordon Warnock—Fuse Literary
Carlie Webber—CK Webber Associates 

February 13-16: Southern California Writers’ Conference, San Diego, CANew!
Jill Kramer—Waterside Literary Agency
More TBA

MIDDLE-SCHOOL COOL by Maiya Williams; Agent:  Irene Skolnick, Irene Skolnick AgencyFebruary 19-21: American Night Writers Association Conference, Mesa, AZ
Closed Facebook Group; Join for info.

February 19-21: Desert Nights and Rising Stars Conference, Tempe, AZ
Erin Murphy—Erin Murphy Literary Agency
Michael Bourret—Dystel & Goderich Literary Management

February 20: Portland Writing Workshop, Portland, OR
Sandra Bishop—Transatlantic Agency OPHELIA AND THE MARVELOUS BOY by Karen Foxlee; Agent:  Catherine Drayton at Inkwell Management

February 21: Seattle Writing Workshop, Seattle, WA
Kathleen Ortiz—New Leaf Literary
Kristin Vincent—D4EO Literary
Genevieve Nine—Andrea Hurst & Associates
Adria Olson (on behalf of Clelia Gore)—Martin Literary Management

February 26-March 1: Sleuthfest, Deerfield Beach, FL
Kristyn Keene—International Creative Management SHIPWRECK ISLAND by S.A. Bodeen; Agent: Scott Mendel , Mendel Media Group
Margaret Riley King—William Morris Agency

March 3-4: SCBWI Southern Breeze Spring Mingle, Atlanta, GANew!
Karen Grencik—Red Fox Literary

March 6-7: North Louisana RWA Written In The Stars Conference, Bossier City, LA
TBA
DEAD OVER HEELS by Alison Kemper; Agent: Kristin Vincent, D4EO Literary
March 6-8: SCBWI Golden Gate Conference, San Fransisco, CANew!
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: Mid-South Christian Writers Conference, Memphis, TN
TBA FROM WHERE I WATCH YOU by Shannon Grogan; Agent: Sarah Davies, The Greenhouse Literary Agency

March 7-8: SCBWI Austin Working Writer and Illustrator Conference, Austin, TXNew!
Jill Grinberg—Jill Grinberg Literary Management
Victoria Wells Arms—Wells Arms Literary

March 12-15: Southern Breeze SCBWI Spring Mingle, Decatur, GANew!
Karen Grencik—Red Fox Literary
WISH GIRL by Nikki Loftin; Agent: Suzie Townsend, Greenleaf Literary

March 14: LA Writers’ Conference, Los Angeles, CA
TBA

March 20-21: SCBWI Indiana Annual Conference, Spencer, IN
TBA

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

March 27: Chesapeake Writing Workshop, Baltimore, MDNew!
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, CANew!
Laura Bradford—Bradford Literary Agency
Lucienne Diver—The Knight Agency
Courtney Miller-Callihan—Sanford J. Greenburger Associates

March 27-28: Northern Colorado Writers Conference, Fort Collins, CO
TBACHARISMA by Jeanne Ryan; Agent: Ammi-Joan Paquette, Erin Murphy Literary Agency

March 28: DC Writing Workshop, Arlington, VANew!
Jamie Bodnar Drowley—Inklings Literary
Leon Husock—L. Perkins Agency
Ella Kennen—Corvisiero Literary

March 28-29: Spring from the Bay to the Mountains, Buckeystown, MD
TBA

THE LAST DRAGON CHARMER: VILLAIN KEEPER by Laurie McKay; Agent: David Dunton, Harvey KlingerApril 17: The South Carolina Writing Workshop , Columbia, SCNew!
Melissa Jeglinski—The Knight Agency
Robin Mizell—Robin Mizell Literary Representation

April 17–19: WWA SCBWI Spring Conference, Redmond, WA
TBA

April 18: The South Carolina Writing Workshop, Charlotte, SCNew!
Melissa Jeglinski—The Knight Agency PAINLESS by S.A. Harazin; Agent: Steven Chudney, The Chudney 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

April 23-25: Las Vegas Writers Conference, Las Vegas, NVNew!
Pam van Hylckama Vlieg—D4EO Literary Agency
Siobhan McBride—Serendipity Literary Agency
Caitlen Rubino-Bradway—LKG Agency
THE FOUNDRY'S EDGE by Cam Baity & Benny Zelkowicz; Agents: Julie Kane-Ritsch &  Eddie Gamarra, The Gotham Group, Inc.

April 24-25: Ontario Writers Conference, Ajax, Ontario, CanadaNew!
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 24-26New England SCBWI Conference, Springfield, MA
TBA

April 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 24-25: Houston Writers Guild Conference, Houston, TX
TBA

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

April 24-26: Tallahassee Writers Conference, Tallahassee, FL
TBA

May 1-3: Malice Domestic, Bethesda, MD
TBA

May 6-8: Virtual Nonfiction Writers Conference, ONLINE
TBA

May 7-10: World Horror Convention, Atlanta, GA
TBA

May 13–18: Romantic Times, Dallas. TX
TBA

May 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 15-17: Pennwriters, Pittsburgh, PA
TBA

May 16: Chicago Writing Workshop, Chicago, ILNew!
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 28–29: 2nd Annual Buildin’ the Dream, Chandler, AZ

June 5-6: Arkansas Writers’ Conference, Little Rock, AR
TBA

June 6-7: California Crime Writers’ Conference, Culver City, CA
TBA

June 7-12: Santa Barbara Writers’ Conference, Santa Barbara, CA
TBA

June 12-14, 2015: 21st Century Children’s Nonfiction Conference, Riverdale, NY
TBA

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

June 18-21: Book Passage Children’s Writers’ & Illustrators’ Conference, Corte Madera, CA
TBA

June 26-28: Historical Novel Society Conference, Denver CONew!
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

July 7-11: Thrillerfest, New York, NYNew!
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 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 12-19: Taos Summer Writers’ Conference, Taos, NM
TBA

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

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

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

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

 

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