This list of writing conferences focuses on literary agents who represent Picture Books, Middle Grade and/or Young Adult books, though many of them represent Adult works as well. I hope it will help those who are looking for opportunities to meet literary 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 information is announced. The only conferences listed outside the United States and Canada are by The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI).

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Literary Agents: 2017 Writers’ Conferences

AUGUST 3: MENDOCINO COAST WRITERS’ CONFERENCE, FORT BRAGG, CA

Jessica Sinsheimer—Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency

AUGUST 3-6: CAPE COD WRITERS CENTER CONFERENCE, HYANNIS, MA

Katie Grimm—Don Congdon Associates
Kaylee Davis—DeeMura Agency

AUGUST 4-6: WILLAMETTE WRITERS CONFERENCE, PORTLAND, OR

Dawn Michelle Frederick—Red Sofa Literary
Alexander Slater—Trident Media Group
Emily S. Keyes—Fuse Literary
Rachel Letofsky—The Cooke Agency
Roseanne Wells—Jennifer De Chiara Literary
Saba Sulaiman—Talcott Notch Literary Services
Olga Filina—The Rights Factory

AUGUST 15-18: OREGON CHRISTIAN WRITERS SUMMER CONFERENCE, PORTLAND, OR

Stephanie Alton—Blythe Daniel Agency
Sally Apokedak—Leslie H. Stobbe Literary Agency
Tim Beals—Credo Communications
Bill Jensen—William K Jensen Literary Agency

AUGUST 18-20: WRITERS DIGEST ANNUAL CONFERENCE, NEW YORK, NY

Claire EastonPainted Words
Kurestin Armada—P.S. Literary
Sonali Chanchani—Folio Literary Management
Ashley Collom—DeFiore and Company Literary Management
Reiko Davis—DeFiore and Company Literary Management
Marisa Corvisiero—Corvisiero Literary
Cate Hart—Corvisiero Literary
Veronica Park—Corvisiero Literary
Kelly Peterson—Corvisiero Literary
Rachel Crawford—Wolf Literary
Jess Dallow—Brower Literary & Management
Kaylee Davis—Dee Mura Literary
Kimiko Nakamura—Dee Mura Literary
Linda CamachoProspect Literary Agency  
Diana FinchDiana Finch Literary
Caitie FlumEliza Dawson Associates
Mark GottliebTrident Media Group
Wendy Gu—Greenburger Associates
Serene Hakim—Pande Literary
Brita Lundberg—Irene Goodman Literary Agency
Bibi Lewis—Ethan Ellenberg Agency
Amaryah Orenstein—GO Literary
Quressa Robinson—D4EO Literary Agency
Eric Ruben—Eric Ruben Literary Agency

Caitlen Rubino-Bradway—LKG Literary
Lauren Bieker—Fineprint Literary
Debbie Carter—Waverly Place Literary Agency
Steven Salpeter—Curtis Brown, Ltd.
Alec Shane—Writers House
Kari Sutherland—Bradford Literary Agency
Blair Wilson—Park Literary & Media

AUGUST 24-27: KILLER NASHVILLE, FRANKLIN, TN

Peter Rubie—Fineprint Literary
Amelia Appel—McIntosh & Otis
Mike Hoogland—Dystel, Goderich & Bourret
Tracy Marchini—Bookends Literary Agency

AUGUST 25-27: RED HOT CAROLINAS CONFERENCE, CHARLOTTE, NC

Jennifer Mattson—Andrea Brown Literary Agency
John Cusick—Folio Literary Management
Jennifer Wills—The Seymour Agency

SEPTEMBER 8-10: ROCKY MOUNTAIN COLORADO GOLD CONFERENCE, DENVER, CO

Danielle BurbyNelson Literary Agency
Carrie HowlandEmpire Literary
Kristin NelsonNelson Literary Agency, LLC
Zoe SandlerICM Partners

SEPTEMBER 9: THE CHESAPEAKE WRITING WORKSHOP, WASHINGTON D.C.

Amanda Jain—Inklings Literary
Mark Gottlieb—Trident Media Group
Regina Brooks—Serendipity Literary
Mike Hoogland—Dystel, Goderich, & Bourret
Eric Smith—P.S. Literary

SEPTEMBER 9: MAINE AGENTS, EDITORS, WRITERS CONFERENCE, BELGRADE, ME

Ammi-Joan Paquette—Erin Murphy Literary Agency
Ruben Pfeffer—Ruben Pfeffer Content LLC
Kaylee Davis—Dee Mura Literary

SEPTEMBER 9: ILLUSTRATORS DAY, PHILADELPHIA, PANew!

James Burns—The Bright Agency

SEPTEMBER 14–16: HAMPTON ROADS WRITERS CONFERENCE, VIRGINIA BEACH, VA

Valerie Noble—Donaghy Literary Group
Irene Goodman—Irene Goodman Literary Agency

SEPTEMBER 15-16: SCBWI-MICHIGAN THE GATHERING ON THE GRAND FALL CONFERENCE, GRAND RAPIDS, MI

Minju Chang—BookStop Literary Agency

SEPTEMBER 15-16: SCBWI-OHIO NORTH CONFERENECE, ELYRIA, OH

Linda Camacho—Prospect Literary Agency 
Victoria A. Selvaggio—The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency
Jennifer Wills—The Seymour Agency

SEPTEMBER 15-17: SCBWI-WISCONSIN FALL RETREAT CONFERENCE, WISCONSIN DELLS, WI

Wendi Gu—Sanford J. Greenburger Associates

SEPTEMBER 16: SCBWI-INLAND NORTHWEST CONFERENCE, SPOKANE, WANew!

Jennifer Mattson—Andrea Brown Literary Agency
John Rudolph—Dystel, Goderich, & Bourret

SEPTEMBER 21-24: AMERICAN CHRISTIAN FICTION WRITERS CONFERENCE, GRAPEVINE, TX

Steve Laube—The Steve Laube Agency

SEPTEMBER 21-24: HISTORICAL WRITERS OF AMERICA, TAMAYA RESORT, NM

Michelle BrowerAevitas Creative
Gina PanettieriTalcott Notch Literary Services

SEPTEMBER 22-23: SCBWI ARIZONA REGIONAL CONFERENCE, AZ

Abigail Samoun—Red Fox Literary

SEPTEMBER 22-24: PACIFIC COAST CHILDREN’S WRITERS NOVEL WORKSHOP & RETREAT, SANTA CRUZ, CA

Brianne Johnson—Writers House

SEPTEMBER 22-24: BIG SUR ON THE CAPE, CAPE COD, MA

Andrea Brown—Andrea Brown Literary Agency
Jennifer Laughran—Andrea Brown Literary Agency
Kathleen Rushall—Andrea Brown Literary Agency
Jennifer Soloway—Andrea Brown Literary Agency

SEPTEMBER 23: SCBWI NORTH TEXAS FALL CONFERENCE, ADDISON, TX

Jamie Weiss Chilton—Andrea Brown Literary Agency 
Melissa Edwards—Stonesong Literary

SEPTEMBER 28-30: MARANATHA CHRISTIAN WRITERS CONFERENCE, MUSKEGON, MI

Cyle Young—Hartline Literary Agency

SEPTEMBER 28-OCTOBER 1: MOONLIGHT AND MAGNOLIAS, PEACHTREE CORNERS, GA

Kristy Hunter—The Knight Agency
Amanda Leuck—Spencer Hill
Kaitlyn Johnson—Corvisiero Literary Agency

SEPTEMBER 29-OCTOBER 1: SCBWI MIDSOUTH FALL CONFERENCE, FRANKLIN, TN

Linda Camacho—Prospect Literary Agency  
Alexander Slater—Trident Media Group

OCTOBER 6-8: SCBWI-HOUSTON FALL CONFERENCE, HOUSTON, TX

Adriana Dominguez—Full Circle Literary
Christa Heschke—McIntosh & Otis
Thao Le—Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency 
Andrea Cascardi—Transatlantic Agency (E-critique)
Andrea Somberg—Harvey Klinger Literary (E-critique)

OCTOBER 7-8: SCBWI ROCKY MOUNTAIN FALL CONFERENCE, GOLDEN, CO

Sean McCarthy—Sean McCarthy Literary Agency
Shannon Hassan—Marsal Lyon Literary Agency

OCTOBER 13-14: PUT YOUR HEART IN A BOOK CONFERENCE, ISELIN, NJ

Jessica Errera—Jane Rotrosen Agency
Kelly Peterson—Corvisiero Literary Agency
Sarah Phair—Trident Media Group
Rebecca Strauss—DeFiore and Company Literary Management

OCTOBER 13-15: SCBWI—IOWA STORYTELLING:UNLOCK YOUR SUPERPOWERS!, CEDAR RAPIDS, IA

Jennifer Soloway—Andrea Brown Literary Agency

OCTOBER 13-15: SCBWI-MONTANA CONFERENCE, BILLINGS, MTNew!

Linda Camacho—Prospect Literary Agency

OCTOBER 19–22: FLORIDA WRITERS CONFERENCE, ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, FL

Mark Gottlieb—Trident Media Group
Emmanuelle Morgen—Stonesong Literary Agency 
Eric Smith—P.S. Literary Agency

OCTOBER 19-27: SURREY INTERNATIONAL WRITERS CONFERENCE, SURREY, BC, CANADA

Jennifer Laughran—Andrea Brown Literary Agency
Tricia Skinner—Fuse Literary Agency
DongWon Song—Howard Morhaim Literary Agency
Nephele Tempest—The Knight Agency
Laura Zats—Red Sofa Literary
Kari Sutherland—Bradford Literary Agency
Sharon Pelletier—Dystel, Goderich, & Bourret

OCTOBER 21: SCBWI OKTOBER FEST FALL REGIONAL CONFERENCE, OAKLAND, CA

Heather Flaherty—The Bent Agency
Clelia Gore—Martin Literary & Media Management
Jennifer March Soloway—Andrea Brown Literary Agency

OCTOBER 25–28: THE RHYME REVOLUTION WEEKEND, NEW HARMONY, IN

Adria Goetz—Martin Literary & Media Management

OCTOBER 26-28: WOMEN WRITING THE WEST, TUCSON, AZ

Sandra Bond—Bond Literary Agency

OCTOBER 27-28: SCBWI-ATLANTIC FALL CONFERENCE, DULLES, VA

TBA

OCTOBER 27-29: SOUTH CAROLINA WRITERS ASSOCIATION BIG DREAM CONFERENCE, PAWLEYS ISLAND, SC

Michelle Johnson—Inkling Literary Agency
Peter Steinberg—Foundry Literary + Media

OCTOBER 27-29: LA JOLLA WRITERS CONFERNECE, LA JOLLA, CA

TBA

NOVEMBER 2-5: SANIBEL ISLAND WRITERS CONFERENCE, SANIBEL ISLAND, FL

Christopher Schelling—Selectric Artists 
JL Stermer—New Leaf Literary & Media

NOVEMBER 3-4: SCBWI KANSAS/MISSOURI MIDDLE OF THE MAP CONFERENCE, OVERLAND PARK, KS

TBA

NOVEMBER 3-5: NORTH CAROLINA WRITERS NETWORK CONFERENCE, WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC

TBA

NOVEMBER 4: SCBWI-ILLINOIS PRARIE WRITERS & ILLUSTRATORS DAY, PALATINE, IL

TBA

Literary Agents: 2018 Writers’ Conferences

WINTER TBA: SCBWI INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE, NEW YORK, NY

TBA

WINTER TBA: WRITERS IN PARADISE CONFERENCE, ST PETERSBURG, FL

TBA

WINTER TBA: SLEUTHFEST, BOCA RATON, FL

TBA

FEBRUARY 15-17: PUBWEST, PASADENA, CA

TBA

FEBRUARY 15-18: SAN FRANCISCO WRITING CONFERENCE, SAN FRANCISCO, CA

TB

FEBRUARY 16-18: ASHEVILLE CHRISTIAN WRITERS CONFERENCE, ASHEVILLE, NC

TBA

FEBRUARY TBA: SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA WRITERS CONFERENCE, SAN DIEGO, CA

TBA

SPRING TBA: PIKES PEAK WRITERS CONFERENCE, COLORADO SPRINGS, CO

AUGUST 3-6: SCBWI INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE, LOS ANGELES, CA

TBA

SEPTEMBER 15: UNICORN WRITERS CONFERENCE, PURCHASE, NY

TBA

A MOST MAGICAL GIRL

Catherine Drayton, Inkwell Mgt

KISS ME, KILL YOU by Larissa Hardesty

Travis Pennington, The Knight Agency

ROYALLY ENTITLED by Melody Delgado

Cyle Young, Hartline Literary Agency

IF THE MAGIC FITS by Susan Maupin Schmid

Sara Crowe, Pippin Properties

OCDANIEL by Wesley King

Brianne Johnson, Writers House

GEARS OF REVOLUTION by J. Scott Savage

Michael Bourret, DG&B

FLASHFALL by Jenny Moyer

Sarah Davies, Greenhouse Literary Agency

THE HAUNTED HOUSE PROJECT

Linnan Literary Mgt

THE SCOURGE by Jennifer Nielsen

Erin Murphy, EMLA

CLAYTON STONE: FACING OFF by Ena Jones; Agent: Ginger Knowlton, Curtis Brown

Ginger Knowlton, Curtis Brown

THE BFF BUCKET LIST by Dee Romito; Literary Agent: Uwe Stender, Triada US Literary

Uwe Stender, Triada US

EXIT STRATEGY by Lauren Allbright

Emily Keyes, Fuse Literary

LOST & FOUND: WITHERWOOD REFORM SCHOOL

Laurie Liss, Sterling Lord Literistic

A SLIVER OF SUN by Dianna Winget

Lara Perkins, ABLA

HAZY BLOOM AND THE TOMORROW POWER by Jennnifer Hamburg

Jennifer DeChiara, The Jennifer DeChiara Literary Agency

ENCHANTED PONY ACADEMY by Lisa An Scott

Jennifer Unter of The Unter Agency

THE SECOND AMENDMENT: THE RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS

Lara Perkins, ABLA

THE DIABOLIC

Holly Root, Waxman Leavell Literary Agency

HOW TO OUTRUN A CROCODILE IF YOUR SHOES ARE UNTIED by Jess Keating

Kathleen Rushall, ABLA

THE BOYFRIEND WHISPERER by Linda Budzinski

Andrea Somberg, Harvey Klinger Inc.

THE KEY TO EXTRAORDINARY by Natalie Lloyd

Suzie Townsend, New Leaf Literary & Media