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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! Click on the book covers on the right to see which agent/agency represented that book.


2014 Writers’ Conferences


April 16-18: PubSmartCon, Charlotte NC
Tracey Adams—Adams Literary Agency

April 24-26: LDS Storymakers Writers Conference, Layton, UT
Josh Adams—Adams Literary
Laurie McLean—Foreward Literary THE A-WORD: Joy Preble; Agent: Jen Rofe, Andrea Brown Literary Agency
Eddie Schneider—JABberwocky Literary Agency
Daniel Lazar—Writers House

April 25-26: OC Christian Writers Conference, Santa Ana, CA
Steven Hutson—WordWise Media Services

April 25–27: 22nd Pikes Peak Writers Conference , Colorado Springs, Co
Amy Boggs—Donald Maass Literary Agency
 RIPTIDE by Lindsey Scheibe; Agent:Mandy Hubbard, D4EOGordon Warnock—Foreword Literary
Kristin NelsonNelson Literary Agency
Taylor Martindale—Full Circle Literary

April 26: Agent Day at the Oconomowoc Lake Club, Madison, WI
Tricia Lawrence—Erin Murphy Literary Agency
Sarah LaPolla—Bradford Literary Agency
Jennifer Matteson—Andrea Brown Literary Agency
Molly Jaffa—Folio Literary Management

April 26: Maryland Writers’ Association, Linthicum Heights, MD
Jessica Sinsheimer—Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency
Jessica Negron—Talcott Notch
ABBY SPENCER GOES TO BOLLYWOOD by Varsha Bajaj; Agent: Jill Corcoran, Jill Corcoran Books
April 26-27: Houston SCBWI 25th Anniversary Conference, Houston TX
Stephen BarrWriters House
Stephen Fraser—Jennifer DeChiara Literacy Agency
Natalie LakosilBradford Literary Agency

May 2-4: NESCBWI Conference: Create Bravely: Make Your Mark, Springfield, MA
Ammi-Joan Paquette—Erin Murphy Literary Agency
Jennifer Laughran—Andrea Brown Literary Agency THE NIGHTINGALE'S NEST by Nikki Loftin; Agent: Susie Townsend, New Leaf Literary
Lauren MacLeod—Strothman Agency
Kaylee Davis—Dee Mura Literary Agency
Kathleen Rushall—Marsal Lyon Literary
Mandy Hubbard—D4EO
Emily Mitchell—Wernick and Pratt Literary
Sarah Crowe—Harvey Klinger

May 3-4: DFW Writers’ Conference, Hurst, TX
Jennie Goloboy—Red Sofa Literary
Paul Levine—Paul S. Levine Literary Agency
THE MARK OF THE DRAGONFLY by Jaleigh Johnson; Agent: Sara Megibow, Nelson Literary AgencyBrittany Booker—The Booker Albert Literary Agency
Jessica Sinsheimer—Jane Freymann Literary
Sarah LaPolla—Bradford Literary Agency
Sarah Negovetich—Corvisiero Literary Agency
Emily Keys—Foreword Literary
Laura Zats—Red Sofa Literary

May 7-10: The Writers’ Intistute , Miami, FL New!
Emmanuelle Morgen—Stonesong Literary Agency

May 15-17: Arkansas SCBWI Conference, North Little Rock, AR
Rachel Orr—Prospect Agency

May 16-19: 27th Annual Pennwriters Conference, Lancaster, PATHE TRUTH ABOUT ALICE by Jen Matthieu; Agent: Sarah LaPolla, Bradford Literary
Marie Lamba—Jennifer DeChiara Literacy Agency
Jordy Albert—The Booker Albert Literary Agency
Peter Knapp—Park Literary Group
Jessica Regal—Foundry Literary + Media
Katie Shea Boutillier—Donald Mass Literary Agency
Jessica Sinsheimer—Sarah Jane Freymann Agency
Bridget Smith—Dunham Agency

May 17-18: SCBWI Oregon Annual Conference, Wilsonville, OR
Bree Ogden—D4EO Literary AgencyKUNG POW CHICKEN by Cyndi MArko; Agent: Adriann Ranta, Wolf Literary Services
Brooks Sherman—The Bent Agency
Emily Mitchell—Wernick and Pratt Agency

May 29-June 1: SCBWI Niagara Retreat & Conference, Niagara Falls, ON, Canada

June 6-7: Florida SCBWI Mid-Year Workshop, Disney World, Orlando, FL
Alexandra Penfold—Upstart CrowWHERE DO DIGGERS SLEEP AT NIGHT: Brianna Sayers; Agent: Teresa Kietlinski, Prospect Agency
Marcia Wernick—Agent, Wernick & Pratt New!

June 6-8: Wyoming Writers, Inc. 40th Anniversary Conference, Sheridan, WY
Jessica Sinsheimer—Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency

June 7-8: The Ventana Sierra Advanced Writing Workshop, Carson City, NV
Jim McCarthy—Dystel & Goderich Literary ManagementAgent: Ammi-Joan PAcquette, Erin Murphy Literary Agency
Laurie McLean—Foreword Literary
Lara Perkins—Andrea Brown Literary Agency
Brooks Sherman—The Bent Agency
Deborah Warren—East West Literary

June 8: Middle Grade & Young Adult Workshop, Amherst, NY
Uwe Stender—TriadaUS Literary Agency
Linda EpsteinJennifer Di Chiara Literary Agency

June 12-15: Book Passage Children’s Writers and Illustrators Conference, Corte Madera, CACOURTS AND CURSES by Marissa Doyle; Agent Emily Sylvan Kim, Prospect Agency
Pooja Menoon—Kimberley Cameron & Associates

June 13-15: West Virginia Writers’ Conference, Ripley. WV

June 13-17: Southeastern Writers Workshop, St. Simons Island, GA.New!
Carlie Webber—CK Webber Associates

June 16-20: Writing & Illustrating for Young Readers, Sandy, UT
John Cusick—Greenhouse LiteraryWarrior (The Dragon King Chronicles, #2) by Ellen Oh; Agency: Barry Goldblatt Literary
Michelle Witte—Mansion Street Literary Mgmt
Amy Jameson (1 day only)—A+B Works Literary Agency

June 26-28: Jackson Hole Writers Conference, Jackson Hole, WY
Adam Schear—DeFiore and Company

June 27-29: Writers League of Texas Agents & Editors Conference, Austin, TX
Leticia Gomez—Savvy Literary Services
Robert Guinsler—Sterling Lord Literistic, Inc.Repped by Jill Grinberg, Jill Grinberg Literary Management
Jonathan Lyons—Curtis Brown LTD
Cameron McClure—Donald Maass Literary Agency
John Rudolph—Dystel & Goderich Literary Management
Meg Thompson—ETA (Einstein Thompson Agency)
Gordon Warnock—Forward Literary

June 28-29: NJSCBWI Annual Summer Conference, Plainsboro, NJNew!
Anne Armstrong—The Bright Agency
Samantha Bremekamp—Corvisiero Literary Agency THE SECRET HUM OF A DAISY by Tracy Holczer; Agent:Rosemary Stimola
Jill Corcoran—Jill Corcoran Literary Agency
Liza Fleissig—Liza Royce Agency
Susan Hawk—The Bent Agency
Marie Lamba—Jennifer DeChiara Literacy Agency
Sarah LaPolla—Bradford Literary Agency
Quinlan Lee—Adams Literary
Sean McCarthy—Sean McCarthy Literary Agency
Rachel Orr—Prospect Agency

July 7-13: WOW! Week of Writing Nonfiction Retreat, Hiawassee, GA
Kendra Marcus—Book Stop Literary
Karen Grencik—Red Fox Literary
Mira Reisberg—Hummingbird LiteraryRepped by Minju Chang, Book Stop Literary

July 14-18: Oregon Coast Children’s book Writers Workshop, Oceanside, OR
Rachel Orr—Prospect Agency

July 17-20: Pacific Northwest Writers’ Conference, Issaquah, WA
Ayanna Coleman—Quill Shift Literary Agency
Patrick Kennedy—Second Sight Literary
Emily Keyes—Foreword Literary
Elizabeth Kracht—Kimberley Cameron & Associates
Rachel Letofsky—The Cooke Agency
Pooja Menon—Kimberley Cameron & Associates
Jessica Negrón—Talcott Notch
Lara Perkins—Andrea Brown Literary Agency
Katie Reed—Andrea Hurst Literary Management
John Rudolph—Dystel & Goderich
Sara Sciuto—Full Circle Literary
Andrea Somberg—Harvey Klinger Inc.
Gordon Warnock—Foreword Literary

July 17-20: Cascade Writers’ Workshop, Kent, WASNOW DOG SAND DOG: Linda Joy Singleton; Agent: Jill Corcoran
Pam van Hylckama Vlieg–Agent, Larsen Pomada

July 17-20: Cascade Writers’ Conference , Kent, WANew!
Bree Ogden—D4EO Literary Agency

July 23-26: RWA2014 Conference, San Antonio, TX HOUSE OF IVY AND SORROW by Natalie; Agent: Ginger Clark, Curtis Brown, LTD
Kevan Lyon—Marsal Lyon Literary Agency New!
Sara Megibow—Nelson Literary AgencyNew!
Jim McCarthy—Dystel and Goderich Literary AgencyNew!
Laura Bradford—Bradford Literary AgencyNew!

July 31-August 2: Mendocino Coast Writers’ Conference, Mendocino, CA
Pooja Menon—Kimberley Cameron & Associates
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BELIEVE by Sarah Aronson; Agent: Sarah Davies, The Greenhouse Literary AgencyAugust 1-4: SCBWI International Summer Conference, Los Angeles, CANew!
Sarah Davies—Greenhouse Literary
Steve Malk— Writers House
Erin Murphy —Erin Murphy Literary Agency
Alexandra Penfold—Upstart Crow
Rubin Pfeffer—East West Literary Agency
Linda Pratt—Wernick and Pratt Agency
Laura Rennert —Andrea Brown Literary Agency

THE SECRET OF FERRELL SAVAGE by J. Duddy Gilll; Agent: Wendy SchmalzAugust 21-24: Killer Nashville Writers’ Conference, Nashville, TNNew!
Elizabeth Copps—Maria Carvainis Agency
Cate Hart—Corvisiero Literary Agency
Michelle L. Johnson—Inklings Literary Agency
Adrienne Rosado—Nancy Yost Literary Agency

September 5-7: Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers Colorado Gold Conference, Westminster, CO
Pooja Menon—Kimberley Cameron & Associates
Elizabeth Copps—Maria Carvainis Agency New! Agent: Jennifer Laughran, Andrea Brown Literary Agency
Shannon Hassan—Marsal Lyon Literary Agency New!

September 6-7: SCBWI Missouri Fall Conference, St. Charles, MO
Jodell Sadler—Sadler Children’s Literary
Nancy Gallt—Nancy Gallt Literary Agency

September 19-21: A Weekend For Words, San Diego , CA
TBA MILLION WAYS HOME by Diana Winget, Agent: Lara Perkins, Andrea Brown Literary Agency

October 4: SCBWI Arizona Annual Conference, Scottsdale, AZ

October 17-19 PCCWW’s Whole-Novel Workshop, Santa Cruz, CA
Scott Treimel—Agent,S©ott Treimel NY

October 20-26: Muse Online Writers Conference, ONLINE
DONNA OF THE DEAD by Alison Kemper; Agent: Kristin Miller-Vincent, D4EO Literary
October 24-26: Surrey International Writers’ Conference, Surrey, BC, Canada
Linda Epstein—Jennifer DeChiara Literacy 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 AgencyAgent: Jeff Ourvan at Jennifer Lyons Literary Agency
Carolyn Swayze—Carolyn Swayze Agency
Nephele Tempest—The Knight Agency
Pooja Menon—Kimberley Cameron & Associates 

October 24-26: 24th Annual SCWW Conference, Myrtle Beach, SC

November 7-8: Kansas SCBWI Fall Conference, Overland Park, KSUNVITED by Sophie Jordan; Agent: Maura Kye-Casella, Don Congdon Associates
Karen Grencik—Red Fox Literary Agency
Jennifer Mattson—Andrea Brown Literary Agency

November 8: Brazos Valley SCBWI Connections & Craft Conference, Bryan, TX

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