This list 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: 2016 Writers’ Conferences

 

MAY 5-8: WINDSOR INTERNATIONAL WRITERS CONFERENCE, WINDSOR, ONTARIO, CANADA
Stacey Donaghy—Stacey Donaghy Literary Group
Sue Miller—Stacey Donaghy Literary Group

MAY 7: IDAHO WRITERS GUILD PITCHFEST, BOISE, ID

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

Uwe Stender, Triada US

Jennifer Johnson-Blalock—Liza Dawson Associates

MAY 13-15: BIG SUR ON CAPE COD, NORTH FALMOUTH, MA
Andrea Brown—Andrea Brown Literary
Jennifer Laughran—Andrea Brown Literary
Caryn Wiseman—Andrea Brown Literary
Kelly Sonnack—Andrea Brown Literary

MAY 14: CHICAGO WRITING WORKSHOP, CHICAGO, IL
Gordon WarnockFuse Literary
Simon Lipskar—Writers House
Nicole Resciniti—The Seymour Agency

FEATHERED by Deborah Kerbel; Agent: Sarah Heller, Helen Heller Agency

Sarah Heller, Helen Heller Agency

Gemma CooperThe Bent Agency
Marcy PosnerFolio Literary
Eric SmithP.S. Literary
Alice Speilburg—Speilburg Literary
Rachel BurkotHolloway Literary
Abby Saul—Browne & Miller Literary Associates
Susan Hawk—The Bent Agency

MAY 14-15: AUTHORS’ AND ILLUSTRATORS’ WORKING CONFERENCE, AUSTIN, TX
Pete Knapp—New Leaf Literary
Marietta B. Zacker—Nancy Gallt Literary Agency

MAY 20-22: PENNWRITERS CONFERENCE, LANCASTER, PA
Mark Gottlieb—Trident Media
Eric Myers—Dystel & Goderich Literary Management

THE MAGNIFICENT MYA TIBBS: SPIRIT WEEK SHOWDOWN by Crystal Allen; Literary Agent: Jen Rofe, Andrea Brown Literary Agency

Jen Rofe, ABLA

MAY 21-22: SCBWI OREGON SPRING CONFERENCE, WILSONVILLE, OR

Danielle ChiottiUpstart Crow
Victoria MariniGelfman Schneider/ICM Partners
Taylor MartindaleFull Circle Literary

MAY 25-27: SCBWI-SINGAPORE WRITERS AND ILLUSTRATORS CONFERENCE, SINGAPORE
Andrea Pasion-Flores—Jacaranda Literary Agency

JUNE 4: THE WRITERS CONFERENCE OF CLEVELAND, CLEVELAND, OH
Kimiko Nakamura—Dee Mura Literary
Mallory Brown—TriadaUS Literary Agency
Vicki Selvaggio—Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency

THE WAY THE COOKIE CRUMBLED BY Jody Jensen Shaffer; Illustrated by Kelly Kennedy; Author's Agent: Kathleen Rushall

For Author: Kathleen Rushall

Moe Ferrara—BookEnds Literary
Kaylee Davis—Dee Mura Literary

JUNE 5-10: SANTA BARBARA WRITERS CONFERENCE, SANTA BARBARA, CA
Eric Myers—Dystel & Goderich Literary Management
Toni Lopopolo—Toni Lopopolo Literary Management
Jennifer March Soloway—Andrea Brown Literary Agency
Paul Fedorko—N.S. Bienstock, Inc.

JUNE 10-11: SCBWI FLORIDA MID-SUMMER WORKSHOPS, DISNEY WORLD, ORLANDO, FL New!
Josh Adams—Adams Literary
Tracey Adams—Adams Literary

JUNE 10-11: SCBWI DAKOTAS: THE BUSINESS OF WRITING & ILLUSTRATING FOR CHILDREN, SIOUX FALLS, SDNew!
Danielle Smith—Red Fox Literary Agency

JUNE 10-12: 21ST CENTURY NONFICTION CHILDREN’S CONFERENCE, NEW ROCHELLE, NY
Caryn Wiseman—Andrea Brown Literary Agency

JUNE 10-14: KACHEMAK BAY WRITERS’ CONFERENCE, HOMER, AK

WOLFIE THE BUNNY by Ame Dyckman; Illustrated by Zachariah Ohora

For the Author: Scott Tiemel; For the Illustrator: Sean McCarthy

Miriam Altshuler—Miriam Altshuler Literary Agency 

JUNE 12-14: PHILADELPHIA WRITERS CONFERENCE, PHILADELPHIA, PA
Adriana Dominguez—Full Circle Literary Agency
Jennifer Chen Tran—Fuse Literary Agency
Alec Shane—Writers House LLC
Eric Smith—PS Literary Agency

JUNE 13-17: WRITING AND ILLUSTRATING FOR YOUNG READERS, SALT LAKE CITY, UT
Brooks Sherman—The Bent Agency
John Cusick—Folio Literary Management

JUNE 19-20: CREATE SOMETHING MAGICAL LIBERTY STATES FICTION WRITERS CONFERENCE, ISELIN, NJ
3 Kids/YA literary agents attend Liberty States fiction writers conference!
Beth Phelan—The Bent Agency

A NEARER MOON by Melanie Crowder; Literary Agent: Ammi-Joan Pacquette, Erin Murphy Literary Agency

Ammi-Joan Pacquette, EMLA

Victoria Lowes—The Bent Agency
Heather Flaherty—The Bent Agency

JUNE 22-26: UTOPIACON, NASHVILLE, TN
Cate Hart—Corvisiero Literary Agency
Sarah Negotevich—Corvisiero Literary Agency

JUNE 23-25: JACKSON HOLE WRITERS CONFERENCE, JACKSON, WY
Kristyn Keene—ICM Partners

JUNE 24-26: WRITERS’ LEAGUE OF TEXAS CONFERENCE, AUSTIN, TX
Ammi-Joan PaquetteErin Murphy Literary Agency
Mark Gottlieb—Trident Media Group

JULY 7-10: LEVIOSA,  LAS VEGAS, NV

THE HOLE STORY OF THE DOUGHNUT by Pat Miller; Illustrator: Vincent X. Kirsch; Author's Literary Agent: Stephen Fraser, Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency; Illustrator's Agent: Christa Heschke, McIntosh & Otis

For Author: Stephen Fraser; For Illustrator: Christa Heschke

Joanna Volpe—New Leaf Literary
Suzie Townsend—New Leaf Literary
Lindsay Ribar—Greenburger Associates
Thao Le—Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency
Jessica Watterson—Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency
Carlisle Webber—CK Webber Associates

JULY 13-16: ROMANCE WRITERS OF AMERICA® 36th ANNUAL CONFERENCE, SAN DIEGO, CA
Laurie McLean—Fuse Literary
Tricia Skinner—Fuse Literary
Louise Fury—The Bent Agency
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THE KILLING JAR by Jennifer Bosworth; Agent: Doug Stewart, Sterling Lord Literistic

Doug Stewart, Sterling Lord Literistic

JULY 17-23: WOW RETREAT 2016, HELEN, GA
Sally Apokedak—Sally Apokedak
Essie White—Storm Literary Agency
Victoria Selvaggio—Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency

JULY 21-23: MIDWEST WRITERS WORKSHOP, MUNCIE, IN
Rachel Ekstrom—Irene Goodman Literary Agency 
Molly Jaffa—Folio Literary Management
Lauren MacLeod—The Strothman Agency
Jim McCarthy—Dystel & Goderich Literary Management
Uwe Stender—TriadaUS Literary Agency
Brent Taylor—TriadaUS Literary Agency

JULY 28-31: PNWA: TODAY WE WRITE, SEATTLE, WA 

HOW TO DISAPPEAR by Ann Redisch Stampler; Agent: Brenda Bowen, Greenburger & Associates

Brenda Bowen, Greenburger & Associates

JD DeWitt—Ink Slinger Entertainment
Caitie Flum—Liza Dawson Associates
Clelia Gore—Martin Literary Management
Elizabeth Kracht—Kimberley Cameron & Associates
Douglas Lee—Kimberley Cameron & Associates
Mary C. Moore—Kimberley Cameron & Associates
Sarah LaPolla—Bradford Literary Agency
Laurie McLean—Fuse Literary
Monica Odom—Bradford Literary Agency
Michelle Richter—Fuse Literary
Andy Ross—The Andy Ross Agency
Abby Saul—Browne & Miller Literary Associates
Brian Tibbetts—MacGregor Literary
Jennifer Weltz—Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency

LEARNING TO SWEAR IN AMERICA by Katie Kennedy; Literary Agent: Kate McKean, Howard Morhaim Literary Agency

Kate McKean, Howard Morhaim Literary

JULY 29-AUGUST 1: SCBWI INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE, LOS ANGELES, CANew!
Victoria Wells Arms—Wells Arms Literary
Ginger Clark—Curtis Brown
Natalie Lakosil—Bradford Literary Agency
Steven Malk—Writers House
Kathleen Rushall—Andrea Brown Literary
Brooks Sherman—The Bent Agency
Erica Rand Silverman—Sterling Lord Literistic
Tina Wexler—ICM Partners

JULY 30: COLORADO WRITING WORKSHOP, DENVER, CO
Carlie Webber—CK Webber Associates Literary
Alex Barba—Inklings Literary
Lisa Abellera—Kimberley Cameron and Associates

AUGUST 4-6: MENDICINO COAST WRITERS CONFERENCE, FORT BRAGG, CA

RACE CAR DREAMS by Sharon Chriscoe; Illustrated by Dave Mottram

For Author: Jessica Sinsheimer, Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency; For Illustrator: The Bright Agency

Lisa Abellera—Kimberley Cameron and Associates
Andy Ross—The Andy Ross Agency

AUGUST 12-14: WRITERS DIGEST CONFERENCE EAST, NEW YORK, NY
Wow! Massive line-up of Kids/YA Lit Agents at Writers Digest East!
Laura Biagi—Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency
Danielle Burby—HSG Agency
Tanusri Prasanna—HSG Agency
Tara Carberry—Trident Media Group
Mark Gottlieb—Trident Media Group
Kristen Carleton—Prospect Agency
Diana Finch—Diana Finch Literary Agency
Marisa Corvisiero—Corvisiero Literary Agency
Stephanie Delman—Sanford J. Greenburger Associates
Elise Erickson—Harold Ober Associates
Heather Flaherty—The Bent Agency
Victoria Lowes—The Bent Agency

THE SKYLIGHTER by Becky Wallace; Agent: Jennifer Laughran, Andrea Brown Agency

Jennifer Laughran, Andrea Brown Agency

Beth Phelan—The Bent Agency
Caitie Flum—Liza Dawson Associates
Roz Foster—Sandra Djikstra Literary Agency
Connor Goldsmith—Fuse Literary
Michelle Richter—Fuse Literary
Mike Hoogland—Dystel & Goderich Literary Management
Andy Kifer—The Gernert Co.
Peter Knapp—New Leaf Literary
Jaida Temperly—New Leaf Literary
Caitlin McDonald—Donald Maass Literary Agency
Katie Shea Boutillier—Donald Maass Literary Agency
Kate McKean—Howard Morhaim Literary
Penny Moore—Fineprint Literary
Rita Rosenkranz—Rita Rosenkranz Literary

CITY SHAPES by Diana Murray, Illustrated by Bryan Collier; Author's Agent: Brianne Johnson, Writers House; Illustrator's Agent: Marcia Wernick at Wernick & Pratt Agency

For Author: Brianne Johnson, Writers House; For Illustrator: Marcia Wernick, Wernick & Pratt Agency

Eric Ruben—Eric Ruben
Lydia Shamah—Carol Mann Agency
Alec Shane—Writers House
Stacy Testa—Writers House
Anjali Singh—Pande Literary
Marlene Stringer—Stringer Literary Agency
John Willig—Literary Services

AUGUST 12-13: WRITE NOW! CONFERENCE,  PHOENIX, AZ
Victoria Lowes—The Bent Agency

AUGUST 12-14: WILLAMETTE WRITERS CONFERENCE, PORTLAND, OR
DongWon Song—Howard Morhaim Literary Agency
Emily S. Keyes—Fuse Literary
Elizabeth Kracht—Kimberley Cameron and Associates
Ginger Clark—Curtis Brown LTD
Jennifer Azantian—Azantian Literary Agency
Katie Grimm—Don Congdon Associates
Michelle Brower—Zachary Shuster Harmsworth/Kuhn Projects
Roseanne Wells—Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency

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

Ginger Knowlton, Curtis Brown

AUGUST 25-28: AMERICAN CHRISTIAN FICTION WRITERS CONFERENCE, NASHVILLE, TN
Nicole Resciniti—The Seymour Agency

AUGUST 27: CREATIVE WOMEN’S CONFERENCE, DENTON, TX
Tricia Skinner—Fuse Literary

SEPTEMBER 9: SACRAMENTO WRITING WORKSHOP, SACRAMENTO, CA
Elizabeth Kracht—Kimberley Cameron and Associates
Gordon Warnock—Fuse Literary
Jennifer Chen Tran—Fuse Literary
Jennifer March Soloway—Andrea Brown Literary
Carlie Webber—CK Webber Associates Literary
Patricia Nelson—Marsal Lyon Literary Agency
Jen Hunt—Booker Albert Literary

SEVEN BLACK DIAMONDS by Melissa Marr; Agent: Merrilee Heifetz, Writers House

Merrilee Heifetz, Writers House

SEPTEMBER 9-11: ROCKY MOUNTAIN FICTION WRITERS CONFERENCE, DENVER, CO
4 YA/MG Agents + 2 YA Editors at RMFW Conference in September!
Shannon Hassan—Marsal Lyon Literary Agency
Thao Le—Dijkstra Agency
Joanna MacKenzie—Browne & Miller Literary Associates
Jaida Temperley—New Leaf Literary & Media

SEPTEMBER 10: THE WRITING WORKSHOP OF SAN FRANCISCO, SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Carlie Webber—CK Webber Associates Literary
Laurie McLean—Fuse Literary
Patricia Nelson—Marsal Lyon Literary Agency
Lisa Abellera—Kimberley Cameron and Associates
Elizabeth Kracht—Kimberley Cameron and Associates
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BLACK FLOWERS, WHITE LIES by Yvonne Ventresca; Agent: Liza Fleissig, Liza Royce Agency

Liza Fleissig, Liza Royce Agency

SEPTEMBER 10: CHESAPEAKE WRITING WORKSHOP, WASHINGTON D.C.
Rachel Marks—Rebecca Friedman Literary
Eric Smith—P.S. Literary
Stacey Graham Red Sofa Literary
Kelly Peterson—Corvisiero Literary Agency
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SEPTEMBER 15-17: HAMPTON ROADS WRITERS CONFERENCE, VIRGINIA BEACH, VA
Tricia Skinner—Fuse Literary
Lucienne Diver—The Knight Agency
Eric Smith—P.S. Literary

SEPTEMBER 15-17: ANWA TIME OUT FOR WRITERS, TEMPE, AZ

HOW TO FIND A FOX by Nilah Magruder; Agents: Mansion Street Literary Mgt

Mansion Street Literary Mgt

Suzie TownsendNew Leaf Literary & Media
John Rudolph—Dystel & Goderich Literary Management
Pam Van Hilckama Vlieg Howell—D4EO Literary

SEPTEMBER 16-19: SCBWI MID-SOUTH CONFERENCE, FRANKLIN, TN
TBA

SEPTEMBER 18-19: MAGIC OF 13 SCBWI-OHIO NORTH CONFERENCE , CLEVELAND, OH
Marie Lamba—Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency
Victoria A. Selvaggio—Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency
Jodell Sadler—Sadler Literary Agency

SEPTEMBER 29-OCTOBER 1: CENTRAL COAST WRITERS’ CONFERENCE, SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA 
Laurie McLean—Fuse Literary
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SEPTEMBER 30, OCTOBER 1-2: WRITE ON THE SOUND WRITERS’ CONFERENCE, EDMOND, WA

THE QUICKEST KID IN CLARKSVILLE by PAt Z. Miller; Illustrated by Frank Morrison; Author's Agent: Joan Paquette, Erin Murphy Literary Agency; Illustrator's Agent: Lori Nowicki, Painted Words

For Author: Joan Paquette, Erin Murphy Literary Agency; For Illustrator: Lori Nowicki, Painted Words

TBA: End of April

SEPTEMBER 30-OCTOBER 2: SCBWI CAROLINAS FALL CONFERENCE, CHARLOTTE, NC
Josh Adams—Adams Literary
Tracey Adams—Adams Literary
Stephen Fraser—Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency
Deborah Warren—East West Agency

SEPTEMBER 30-OCTOBER 2: NOLA STORYCON, NEW ORLEANS, LA
Merrilee Heifitz—Writers House

OCTOBER 3: COMADRES & COMPADRES WRITERS CONFERENCE, NEW YORK , NY
Adriana Dominguez—Full Circle Literary Agency
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OCTOBER 7-8: WIK ’16, HOOVER, ALNew!
Brooks Sherman—The Bent Agency

OCTOBER 8: NINTH ANNUAL ROCHESTER WRITERS’ CONFERENCE, ROCHESTER, MI
TBA

OCTOBER 8: PUSH TO PULBISH, PHILADELPHIA, PA
Adriana Dominguez—Full Circle Literary Agency
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by Kersten Hamilton, illustrated by Valeria Petrone: Author's Agent: Erin Murphy of Erin Murphy Literary Agency; Illustrator's Agent: Gail Gaynin at Morgan Gaynin

For Author: Erin Murphy, EMLA; For Illustrator: Gail Gaynin, Morgan Gaynin

OCTOBER 14-16: EMERALD CITY WRITERS’ CONFERENCE, SEATTLE, WA
TBA

OCTOBER 20-23: FLORIDA WRITERS’ CONFERENCE, ORLANDO, FLNew!
Diana Finch—Diana Finch Literary Agency
Dawn Michelle Frederick—Red Sofa Literary
Stacey Graham—Red Sofa Literary
Melissa Jeglinski—The Knight Agency

OCTOBER 20-23: SURREY INTERNATIONAL WRITERS’ CONFERENCE, SURREY, BC, CANADANew!
Moe Ferrara—Bookends Literary
Laura Bradford—Bradford Literary Agency
Rachel Letofsky—Cooke Agency
Kevan Lyon—Marsal Lyon Literary Agency
Mary C. Moore—Kimberley Cameron & Associates
Eric Myers—Dystel and Goderich Literary Management
Soumeya Bendimerad Roberts—Writers House
Kathleen Rushall—Andrea Brown Literary Agency
Nephele Tempest—The Knight Agency

OCTOBER 21-22: SCBWI MID ATLANTIC FALL CONFERENCE, STERLING, VA
TBA

OCTOBER 22: SCBWI-HOUSTON CRAFT & CRITIQUE CONFERENCE (TBA), HOUSTON, TX
Kelly Sonnack—Andrea Brown Literary

THE DICKENS MIRROR by Ilsa J. Bick; Literary Agent: Jennifer Laughran, Andrea Brown Literary Agency

Jennifer Laughran, ABLA

Brianne Johnson—Writers House
Ginger ClarkCurtis Brown

OCTOBER 22-23: MN SCBWI CONFERENCE, ST.PAUL, MN
TBA

NOVEMBER 4-5: SCBWI-KANSAS FALL CONFERENCE, OVERLAND PARK, KS
TBA

NOVEMBER 5-6: 805 WRITERS’ CONFERENCE, VENTURA, CA
TBA

NOVEMBER 11-12: SCBWI-NEW MEXICO HANDSPRINGS, ALBUQUERQUE, NM
TBA

NOVEMBER 19: LAS VEGAS WRITING WORKSHOP, LAS VEGAS, NV
Paul S. LevinePaul S. Levine Literary
Patricia NelsonMarsal Lyon Literary Agency
Thao Le—Sandra Dijkstra Literary
Jill Marr—Sandra Dijkstra Literary
Jamie Bodnar Drowley—Inklings Literary
Annie Bomke—Annie Bomke Literary

FUN WITH FROSTING by K. Callard

Brianne Johnson, Writers House

NOVEMBER 19: SAN DIEGO RWA,  CONFERENCE (TBA), SAN DIEGO, CA
Laurie McLeanFuse Literary
Suzie TownsendNew Leaf Literary & Media

NOVEMBER TBA: KAUAI WRITERS FESTIVAL, KAUAI, HI
Andy Ross—Andy Ross Literary Agency
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Literary Agents: 2017 Writers’ Conferences

 

MARCH 25: UNICORN WRITERS’ CONFERENCE, REID CASTLE, PURCHASE, NY
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FEBRUARY 26-MARCH 3: THE SEYMOUR AGENCY WRITERS WINTER ESCAPE CRUISE, DEPARTING FROM MIAMI, FL
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