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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).

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

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, KY 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
Marcy Posner—Folio Literary Management

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

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

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

February 15: SCBWI Metro NY: Crazy in Love, New York, NYNew!
Susie Townsend—New Leaf Literary
Emily Keyes—Fuse Literary

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

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 ManagementFebruary 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
Margaret Riley King—William Morris Agency

LADY THEIF by A.C. Gaughen; Agent: Minju Chang, Bookstop LiteraryMarch 3-4: SCBWI Southern Breeze Spring Mingle, Atlanta, GA
Karen Grencik—Red Fox Literary

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, TXNew!
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
Karen Grencik—Red Fox Literary STOLEN MOON by Rachel Searles; Agent: Joanna Volpe of New Leaf Literary & Media

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

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

March 21-22: Create Something Magical Conference, Iselin, NJNew!
Marisa Corvisiero—Corvisiero Agency
Emily Keyes—Fuse Literary 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 28: DC Writing Workshop, Arlington, VANew!
Jamie Bodnar Drowley—Inklings Literary
Leon Husock—L. Perkins Agency CHARISMA by Jeanne Ryan; Agent: Ammi-Joan Paquette, Erin Murphy Literary Agency
Ella Kennen—Corvisiero Literary

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

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

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

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

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

April 18: The South Carolina Writing Workshop, Charlotte, SCNew!
Melissa Jeglinski—The Knight Agency
Robin Mizell—Robin Mizell Literary Representation

April 18-19: SCBWI Houston Conference, Houston, TXNew! HADES SPEAKS by  Vicky Alvear Shecter; Agent:  Courtney Miller-Callihan, Sanford J. Greenburger Associates; Illustrated by  J. E. Larson
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 24-26: NESCBWI Spring Conference, Springfield MA New!EXTRAORDINARY by Miriam Spitzer Franklin; Agent: Mandy Hubbard, D4EO Literary
Jill Corcoran—Jill Corcoran Literary Agency
Kaylee Davis—Dee Mura Literary Agency
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 Agency

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

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

May 1-2: SCBWI Arkansas Conference, North Little Rock, AR

May 2: SCBWI Spring Spirit Conference, Citrus Heights, CANew! PictureTHE D'EVIL DIARIES by Tatum Flynn; Agent: Zoe King, The Blair Partnership
Kathleen Rushall—Marsal Lyon Literary Agency
Jodell Sadler—Sadler Children’s Literary

May 3–10: Writing the Unreal: The Whole Novel Workshop in Fantasy & Speculative Fiction, Honesdale, PANew!
Tina Wexler—ICM Partners

May 6-8: Virtual Nonfiction Writers Conference, ONLINE
FORBIDDEN by Kimberly Griffiths Little; Agency: Adams Literary Agency

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

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

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 NILES WORMWART ACCIDENTAL VILLAIN by D.M. Cunningham; Agent: Bree Ogden, D4EO Literary Agency
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!
Andrea Brown—Andrea Brown Literary Agency

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

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

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, TXNew!
Emily Forland—Brandt & Hochman Literary Agents, Inc.
Kirby Kim—Janklow & Nesbit Associates

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 ADRENLINE CRUSH by Laurie Boyle Crompton; Agent:  Ammi-Joan Paquette, Erin Murphy 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 16-20: PNWA Writers’ Conference, Seattle, WA

July 22–25: RWA Conference, New York, NY LOST: by S.A. Bodeen; Agent: Scott Mendel , Mendel Media Group

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

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

October 2-4: Write on the Sound Writers Conference, Edmonds, WA DEVOTED by Jennifer Matheiu; Agent:  Sarah LaPolla, Bradford Literary
TBA in May

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

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