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 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, PA

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, WA

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, MT

Linda Camacho—Prospect Literary Agency

OCTOBER 13-15: EMERALD CITY WRITERS CONFERENCE, BELLEVUE, WA

Courtney Miller-CallihanHandspun Literary Agency
Nicole Resciniti—Seymour Agency
Erin Hennicke—Franklin & Siegel Associates

OCTOBER 14: SCBWI CENCAL WRITERS’ DAY, THOUSAND OAKS, CA

John Rudolph—Dystel & Goderich

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

Sarah Davies—Greenhouse Literary
Adriana Dominguez—Full Circle Literary
Larissa Helena—Pippin Properties

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

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

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

Kate McKean—Howard Morhaim Literary Agency
Jennifer March Soloway—Andrea Brown Literary Agency

NOVEMBER 3-4: ATLANTA WRITERS CONFERENCE, ATLANTA, GA

Eric Smith—P. S. Literary Agency
Michael Hoogland—Dystel Goderich & Bourret
Alyssa Jennette—Stonesong Literary Agency
Paul Levine—Paul S. Levine Literary Agency
Patricia Nelson—Marshal Lyon Literary Agency

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

TBA

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

Tanusri Prasanna—Foundry Literary + Media
Merial Cornell—Cornell & Company (illustration agent)
Susan Hawk—Upstart Crow Literary

Literary Agents: 2018 Writers’ Conferences

 

WINTER TBA: SCBWI INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE, NEW YORK, NY

TBA

FEBRUARY 15-17: PUBWEST, PASADENA, CA

TBA

FEBRUARY 15-18: SAN FRANCISCO WRITING CONFERENCE, SAN FRANCISCO, CANew!

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 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

THE SECOND AMENDMENT: THE RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS

Lara Perkins, ABLA

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.