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. All conferences listed are in the United States or Canada.
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Literary Agents: 2018 Writers’ Conferences
JANUARY 12-14: SCBWI-FLORIDA REGIONAL CONFERENCE, MIAMI, FL
JANUARY 27-28: SCBWI-NEVADA NEW YEARS RESOLUTION PITCH FEST, LAS VEGAS, NV
FEBRUARY 2-4: SCBWI-INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE, NEW YORK, NY
FEBRUARY 15-17: PUBWEST, PASADENA, CA
FEBRUARY 15-18: SAN FRANCISCO WRITING CONFERENCE, SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Dawn Frederick—Red Sofa Literary
Taylor Martindale Kean—Full Circle Literary
Patricia Nelson—Marsal Lyon Literary Agency
Monica Odom—Bradford Literary Agency
Andy Ross—Andy Ross Agency
Jennifer March Soloway—Andrea Brown Literary Agency
Gordon Warnock—Fuse Literary Agency
Carlisle Webber—Fuse Literary Agency
Laurie McLean—Fuse Literary Agency
FEBRUARY 21-25: FLORIDA CHRISTIAN WRITERS CONFERENCE, LEESBURG, FL
FEBRUARY 16-18: SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA WRITERS CONFERENCE, SAN DIEGO, CA
MARCH 1-4: MYSTERY WRITERS OF AMERICA’S SLEUTHFEST, BOCA RATON, FL
MARCH 9-11: SCBWI GOLDEN GATE CONFERENCE, PACIFIC GROVE, CA
Fiona Kenshole—Transatlantic Agency
Linda Camacho—Prospect Agency
Sean McCarthy—Sean McCarthy Literary Agency
MARCH 10: BAY TO OCEAN WRITERS CONFERENCE, WYE MILLS, MD
MARCH 10-11: SCBWI-SOUTHERN BREEZE WRITING AND ILLUSTRATING FOR KIDS CONFERENCE, HOOVER, AL
John Cusick—Folio, Jr.
MARCH 17-18: SCBWI-MARYLAND/DELAWARE/WEST VIRGINIA CONFERENCE, LINTHICUM HEIGHTS, MD
MARCH 24-25: LIBERTY STATES FICTION WRITERS CONFERENCE, ISELIN, NJ
APRIL 6-7: SCBWI-OKLAHOMA SPRING CONFERENCE, OKLAHOMA CITY, OK
APRIL 7: SCBWI SPRING SPIRIT, CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA
SPRING TBA: PIKES PEAK WRITERS CONFERENCE, COLORADO SPRINGS, CO
JUNE 9-10: DFWCON, HURST, TX
JUNE 15-17: GATEWAY CON, ST. LOUIS, MO
AUGUST 3-6: SCBWI INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE, LOS ANGELES, CA
AUGUST 10-12: WRITERS DIGEST CONFERENCE, NEW YORK, NY
OCTOBER 19-21: JAMES RIVER WRITERS CONFERENCE, RICHMOND, VA
SEPTEMBER 15: UNICORN WRITERS CONFERENCE, PURCHASE, NY
OCTOBER TBA: SURREY INTERNATIONAL WRITERS CONFERENCE, SURREY, BC, CANADA