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

JULY 18-21: RWA2018, DENVER, CO

UNDISCLOSED

JULY 19-21: REALM MAKERS SPECULATIVE FICTION WRITERS CONFERENCE, ST LOUIS, MO

Cyle Young—Hartline Literary Agency
Steve Laube—Steve Laube Agency

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

Jenny Bent—The Bent Agency
Jamie Weiss Chilton—Andrea Brown Literary Agency
Jennifer Rofé—Andrea Brown Literary Agency
Tina Dubois—ICM Partners
Karen Grencik—Red Fox Literary
Kirsten Hall—Catbird Productions
Kevin Lewis—Erin Murphy Literary Agency
Hannah Mann—Writers House, LLC
Ammi-Joan Paquette—Erin Murphy Literary Agency
Alexandra Penfold—Upstart Crow Literary 
Rubin Pfeffer—Rubin Pfeffer Content
Tanusri Prasanna—Foundry Literary + Media

AUGUST 10-12: WRITERS DIGEST CONFERENCE, NEW YORK, NY

Erica Bauman—Aevitas Creative Management
Madelyn Burt—Stonesong 
Diana Finch—Diana Finch Literary
Mark Gottlieb—Trident Media Group
Ben Grange—L. Perkins Agency
Jessica Mileo—Inkwell Management
Kevin O’Connor—Charlotte Sheedy Literary Agency
Kelly Peterson—Corvisiero Literary Agency
Lauren Spieller—TriadaUS

SEPTEMBER 6-9: RWA COLORADO GOLD CONFERENCE, DENVER, CO

Melissa Edwards—Stonesong 
Hannah Fergesen—KT Literary
Mark Gottlieb—Trident Media Group
Melissa Jeglinksi—Knight Agency
Patricia Nelson—Marsal Lyon Literary Agency
Lauren Spieller—TriadaUS

SEPTEMBER 13-16: PNWA CONFERENCE, SEATTLE, WA

Madelyn Burt—Stonesong
Rachel Crawford—MacKenzie Wolf 
Adria Goetz—Martin Literary & Media Management
Carrie Howland—Empire Literary 
Rachel Letofsky—Cooke McDermid Agency
Eric Ruben—The Ruben Agency
Carlisle Webber—Fuse Literary

SEPTEMBER 14-15: SCBWI NORTHERN OHIO REGIONAL CONFERENCE, ELYRIA, OH

Natalie Lakosil—Bradford Literary Agency
Rachel Orr—Prospect Agency

SEPTEMBER 14-16: MIDSOUTH FALL CONFERENCE, FRANKLIN, TN

Claire Easton—Painted Words
Sean McCarthy—Sean McCarthy Literary Agency
Natascha Morris—BookEnds Literary Agency 

SEPTEMBER 15: UNICORN WRITERS CONFERENCE, PURCHASE, NY

Emily KeyesFuse Literary Agency
Heather FlahertyThe Bent Agency
Rachel Crawford—MacKenzie Wolf 
Joëlle DelbourgoJoëlle Delbourgo Associates Literary Agency
Diana FinchDiana Finch Agency
Ben GrangeL. Perkins Agency
Carrie HowlandEmpire Literary
Melissa Edwards—Stonesong 
Alyssa Jennette—Stonesong 
Lauren Bieker—FinePrint Management
Jessica Errera—Jane Rotrosen Agency
Jessica Felleman—Foundry Literary + Media 
Leon Husock—L. Perkins Agency
Laura Blake Peterson—Curtis Brown Ltd. 
Peter Rubie—FinePrint Literary Management
John Rudolph—Dystel & Goderich Literary Management 
Zoe Sandler—ICM Partners
Bridget Smith—Dunham Literary
Saba Sulaiman—Talcott Notch Literary Services

SEPTEMBER 22-23: AGENTS EDITORS WRITERS, BELGRADE, ME

Jenny Bent—The Bent Agency
Rebecca Podos—Rees Literary
Linda Camacho—Gallt & Zacker Literary

SEPTEMBER 27-29: MARANTHA CHRISTIAN WRITERS CONFERENCE, MUSKEGON, MI

Cyle Young—Hartline Literary Agency
Bethany Morehead—Hartline Literary Agency
Dan Balow—The Steve Laube Agency

SEPTEMBER 29-30: SCBWI-HOUSTON ANNUAL CONFERENCE, HOUSTON, TX

Ann Rose—Prospect Agency
Steven Salpeter—Curtis Brown Ltd. 
Jessica Sinsheimer—Sara Jane Freymann Literary Agency
Lauren Spieller—TriadaUS

OCTOBER 12-13: BREATHE CHRISTIAN WRITERS CONFERENCE, GRAND RAPIDS, MI

Cyle Young—Hartline Literary Agency

OCTOBER 18-21: FLORIDA WRITERS ASSOCIATION CONFERENCE, ORLANDO, FL

Emily Keyes—Fuse Literary Agency
Marcy Posner—Folio Literary Management
Alec Shane—Writers House

OCTOBER 19-20: MID-ATLANTIC FALL CONFERENCE, DULLES, VA

Cari Lamba—Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency
Sarah Landis—Sterling Lord Literistic
Shadra Strickland—Painted Words

OCTOBER 19-21: JAMES RIVER WRITERS CONFERENCE, RICHMOND, VANew!

Beth Phelan—Gallt & Zacker

OCTOBER 25-28: TRAILS WEST: WAGONS-WORDS-WOMEN, WALLA WALLA, WANew!

Sandra Bishop—Transatlantic Agency

OCTOBER 25-28: RHYME REVOLUTION CONFERENCE, NEW HARMONY, IN

Adria Goetz—Martin Literary Management

OCTOBER 26-28: WRITERS DIGEST NOVEL WIRTING CONFERENCE, PASEDENA, CA

TBA

OCTOBER 19-20: SURREY INTERNATIONAL WRITERS CONFERENCE, SURREY, BC, CANADA

New!

Laura Bradford—Bradford Literary Agency
Jennifer Chen Tran—Bradford Literary Agency
Naomi Davis—BookEnds Literary Agency 
Louise Fury—The Bent Agency
Thao Le—Dijkstra Agency
John Rudolph—Dystel & Goderich Literary Management
Steven Salpeter—Curtis Brown Ltd. 
Tri­cia Skin­ner
Lauren Spieller—TriadaUS Literary Agency
Nephele Tempest—Knight Agency

NOVEMBER 7: THE ART OF WRITING CONFERENCE, NASHVILLE, TN

TBA

NOVEMBER 9-10: SCBWI MIDDLE OF THE MAP CONFERENCE, OVERLAND PARK, KS

TBA

NOVEMBER 9-11: KAUAI WRITERS CONFERENCE, LIHUE, KAUAI, HI

Molly Friedrich—The Friedrich Agency 
Andy RossAndy Ross Agency 

Literary Agents: 2019 Conferences

FEBRUARY 8-10: SCBWI NEW YORK CONFERENCE, NY

SUMMER TBA: ARKANSAS SCBWI CONFERENCE, LITTLE ROCK, AR

SUMMER TBA: GREATER LOS ANGELES WRITERS CONFERENCE, LOS ANGELES, CA

SUMMER TBA: WRITERS’ LEAGUE OF TEXAS CONFERENCE, AUSTIN, TX

SUMMER TBA: THRILLERFEST, NEW YORK, NY

THE BOY, THE BOAT, AND THE BEAST

Rachel Orr, Prospect Agency

IT'S YOUR FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL, BUSY BUS!

Stephanie Fretwell-Hill/Sydney Tillman, Red Fox Literary

THE FOURTH RUBY

Sara Crowe, Harvey Klinger

WORDY BIRDY

Laura Rennert, ABLA

THE TRAITOR'S GAME

Erin Murphy, EMLA

THE PROBLIM CHILDREN

Suzie Townsend, New Leaf Literary & Media

A MOST MAGICAL GIRL

Catherine Drayton, Inkwell Mgt

DOGOSAURUS REX

Ammi-Joan Paquette, Erin Murphy Literary Agency

ROYALLY ENTITLED by Melody Delgado

Cyle Young, Hartline Literary Agency

IF THE MAGIC FITS by Susan Maupin Schmid

Sara Crowe, Pippin Properties

THE HAVEN

Stephen Fraser, The Jennifer DeChiara Literary Agency

THE AFTERLIFE ACADEMY

Shannon Hassan at Marsal Lyon Literary Agency

THERE WAS AN OLD DRAGON WHO SWALLOWED A KNIGHT

Tricia Lawrence, Erin Murphy Literary Agency

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