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Conferences: Editors

This list of editors who are acquiring picture books through young adult is intended to help those who are looking for opportunities to meet editors and hear from them in person about what they would like to acquire and what they look for in a manuscript. Many of these editors are from closed houses, but will accept manuscripts from conference attendees. Throughout the year, I will update this page as more organizations post their conference information.

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

2014 Writers’ Conferences

April 24-26: LDS Storymakers Writers Conference, Layton, UT
Melissa Frain—Editor, Tor Teen, Tor Books
Heidi Taylor—Editor, Shadow Mountain, Deseret Book Company
Jana Erickson—Editor, Deseret Book Company

April 25-27: Pikes Peak Writers Conference, Colorado Springs, CO
Sara Sargent—Associate Editor, Balzer + Bray, HarperCollins Children’s Books
Terese Ramin—Editorial director, Entangled Publishing

April 25–27: The Children’s and Young Adult Literature Conference, Minneapolis, MN
Jordan Brown— Editor, Pond Press/Balzer + Bray, HarperCollins Children’s Books
Andrew Karre—Editorial Director, Lerner
Shannon Pennefeather—Managing Editor, Minnesota Historical Society Press
Brian Farrey-Latz—Editor, Flux

April 26-27: Houston SCBWI 25th Anniversary Conference, Houston TX
Kendra Levin—Senior Editor, Viking Books for Children, Penguin
Jocelyn Davies—Editorial Assistant, HarperCollins
Julie Ham—Associate Editor, Charlesbridge

May 2-4: NESCBWI Conference: Create Bravely: Make Your Mark, Springfield, MA
Carter Hasegawa—Editor, Candlewick
Alexandra Cooper—Executive Editor, Harper Collins
Meredith Rich—Editor, Bloomsbury/Spark

May 15-17: Arkansas SCBWI Conference, North Little Rock, AR
Emellia Zamani—Associate Editor at Scholastic

May 17-18: SCBWI Oregon Annual Conference, Wilsonville, OR
Emily Feinberg—Editorial Assistant, Roaring Brook Press, Macmillan
Stephanie Pitts—Assistant Editor, Schwartz & Wade, Random House
Susan Dobinick—Assistant Editor, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Macmillan

June 6-7: SCBWI Florida Mid-Year Workshops, Walt Disney World, Orlando, FLNew!
Carter Hasegwa—Editor, Candlewick Press
Wendy Loggia—Executive Editor, Delacorte/Random House

June 12-15: Book Passage Children’s Writers and Illustrators Conference, Corte Madera, CA
Tamra Tuller—Editor, Chronicle Books

June 16-20: Writing & Illustrating for Young Readers, Sandy, UT
Shauna Fay RossanoAssociate Editor, G. P. Putnam’s Sons

June 20-21: 21st Century Children’s Nonfiction Conference, New Paltz, NY
Lionel Bender—Author/Editor/MJL Digital Publishing
Michelle Bisson—Senior Product MG, Capstone
Jennifer Emmett—Vice President/Editorial Director Children’s Books, National Geographic Society
Rebecca Graziano—Vice President, Instructional Solutions, Pearson
Debra Hess—Senior Editor, Highlights for Children
Sarah Dixie Laite—Senior Editorial Director, Nickelodeon/TeenNick
Gillia Olson—Assistant Editorial Director, Capstone
Lou Waryncia—Editorial Director, Cobblestone Publishing
Amie Wright—Selection Program Supervisor, MyLibraryNYC
Carolyn P. Yoder—Senior Editor, Calkins Creek Books/Boyds Mills Press

June 28-29: NJSCBWI Conference, Plainsboro, NJNew!
Jenna Pocius—Assistant Editor, Bloomsbury
Paula Sadler—Assistant Editor, Random House Children’s Books
Tracey Baptiste—Editor, Rosen Publishing
Katie Bignell—Associate Editor, HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen
Amy Cloud—Editor, Aladdin/S&S
Susan Dobinic—Assistant Editor, Farrar, Straus and Giroux/ Macmillan
Emily Feinber—Assistant Editor, Roaring Brook Press/Macmillan
Carter Hasegawa—Assistant. Editor, Candlewick
Susan Kochan—Associate Editorial Director, G. P. Putnam’s Sons BFYR
Julie Matysik—Senior Editor, Sky Pony Press
Allison Moore—Assistant Editor, Little, Brown & Co.
Meredith Mundy—Executive Editor, Sterling Publishing
Joanna Cardenas—Assistant Editor, Viking Children’s Books/Penguin

July 14-18: Oregon Coast Children’s book Writers Workshop, Oceanside, OR
Deirdre Jones—Editor, Little, Brown & Co.
Laura Whitaker—Editor, Bloomsbury Children’s Books

July 17-20: Pacific Northwest Writers’ Conference, Issaquah, WA
Kat Brzozowski—Associate Editor, Thomas Dunne Books, St. Martin’s Press, Macmillan
Gwen Hayes—Editor, Entangled
Silissa Kenney—Editor, St. Martin’s Press, Macmillan

August 1-4: SCBWI International Summer Conference , Los Angeles, CANew!
Alessandra Balzer— Vice President/Co-Publisher, Balzer + Bray, HarperCollins Children’s Books
Mary Lee Donovan—Editor, Candlewick Press
Allyn Johnston—Editor, Beach Lane Books, Simon & Schuster
Wendy Loggia—Executive Editor, Delacorte/Random House
Lucia Monfried—Editor, Dial, Penguin Children’s, Penguin Random House
Dinah Stevenson—Publisher, Clarion Books, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Julie Strauss-Gabel—Vice President/Publisher, Dutton Children’s Books, Penguin Young Readers, Penguin Random House

October 9-12: NF4NF Children’s Writing Conference: Nonfiction for New Folks to the Nearly Famous, Fredericksburg, TX
Kelly Loughman—Assistant Editor, Holiday House

October 17-19: SCBWI Iowa Jump right In Fall Event, TBA, IA
Katherine Jacobs—Editor, Roaring Brook Press

October 17-19 PCCWW’s Whole-Novel Workshop, Santa Cruz, CA
Melanie Cecka—Associate Publishing Director, Alfred A Knopf BFYR, Random House

October 24-26: Surrey International Writers’ Conference, Surrey, BC, Canada
Nancy Marie Bell—Editor, MuseItUp Publishing
Susan Chang—Senior Editor, Starscape/Tor Teen, Tor Books
Sara Sargent—Associate Editor, Balzer + Bray, HarperCollins Children’s Books

 

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