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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.

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.

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


2014 Writers’ Conferences

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

November 1: SCBWI Fall Kickstart, Baldwinsville, NY THE NIGHTINGALE'S NEST by Nikki Loftin; Agent: Susie Townsend, New Leaf Literary
Christa Hescke—McIntosh & Otis, Inc.

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, CA
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 Literary

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

November 8: SCBWI Arizona Annual Conference, Scottsdale, AZ
John Cusick—Greenhouse Literary
Danielle Barthel—New Leaf Literary & Media
Jaida Temperly—New Leaf Literary & Media IT JES' HAPPENED by Don Tate; Agent: Caryn Wiseman at Andrea Brown Literary Agency

November 8: Western PA SCBWI Fall Conference, Pittsburgh, PA
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


2015 Writers’ Conferences

ADRENLINE CRUSH by Laurie Boyle Crompton; Agent:  Ammi-Joan Paquette, Erin Murphy Literary Agency
January 17-25: Writers in Paradise conference, St. Petersburg, FLNew!
Bill Contardi—Brandt & Hochman

January 23-25: San Diego State University Writers’ Conference, San Diego, CA

January 30-February 1: SCBWI International Conference, New York, NYNew! HADES SPEAKS by  Vicky Alvear Shecter; Agent:  Courtney Miller-Callihan, Sanford J. Greenburger Associates; Illustrated by  J. E. Larson
Jennifer Laughran—Andrea Brown Literary Agency
Barry Goldblatt—Barry Goldblatt Literary LLC
Tina Wexler—International Creative Management

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