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

JUNE 9-10: DFWCON, HURST, TXNew!

Patty Carothers—Metamorphosis Literary Agency
Serene Hakim—Ayesha Pande Literary 
Natascha Morris—Bookends Literary Agency
Patricia Nelson—Marsal Lyon Literary Agency 
Uwe Stender—Triada US Literary Agency

JUNE 15-17: GATEWAY CON, ST. LOUIS, MO

Kortney Price—Corvisiero Literary Agency
Justin Wells—Corvisiero Literary Agency
Suzie Townsend—New Leaf Literary
Jennifer Chen Tran—Bradford Literary Agency
Kari Sutherland—Bradford Literary Agency

JUNE 15-17: CHILDREN’S BOOK WRITERS & ILLUSTRATORS CONFERENCE, CORTE MADERA, CANew!

Lisa Abellera—Kimberley Cameron & Associates
Stephen Fraser—Jenifer De Chiara Literary Agency

JUNE 17-22: SANTA BARBARA WRITERS CONFERENCE, SANTA BARBARA, CA

Annie Bomke—Annie Bomke Literary Agency
Toni Lopopolo—Toni Lopopolo Literary Management
Eric Myers—Myers Literary Management

JUNE 22-23: ARKANSAS SCBWI CONFERENCE, LITTLE ROCK, ARNew!

Natascha Morris—BookEnds Literary Agency

JUNE 22-24: GREATER LOS ANGELES WRITERS CONFERENCE, LOS ANGELES, CANew!

Lisa Abellera—Kimberley Cameron & Associates
Dorian Maffei—Kimberley Cameron & Associates
Eve Porinchak—Jill Corcoran Literary Agency

JUNE 28-30: DAVID R. COLLINS WRITERS’ CONFERENCE, DAVENPORT, IA

TBA

JUNE 28-30: JACKSON HOLE WRITERS CONFERENCE, JACKSON HOLE, WY

Melissa Edwards—Stonesong
Cindy Uh—Thompson Literary Agency
Mark GottliebTrident Media Group

JUNE 29-JULY 1: WRITERS’ LEAGUE OF TEXAS CONFERENCE, AUSTIN, TXNew!

Tess Callero—Curtis Brown, Ltd.
Jennifer Chen Tran—Bradford Literary Agency
Arielle Datz—Dunow, Carlson, & Lerner
Adriana Dominguez—Full Circle Literary
Wendi Gu—Janklow and Nesbit Associates
Dana Murphy—The Book Group
Eric Myers—Myers Literary Management
Rachel Orr—Prospect Agency
Jeff Silberman—Folio Literary Management
Susan Velazquez—JABberwocky Literary Agency

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

JULY 21-24: SUN VALLEY WRITERS CONFERENCE, KETCHUM, ID

TBA

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

TBA

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 14-16: MIDSOUTH FALL CONFERENCE, FRANKLIN, TNNew!

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

Natascha Morris—BookEnds Literary AgencySEPTEMBER 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

TBA

SEPTEMBER 27-30: BOOK PASSAGE MYSTERY WRITING CONFERENCE, CORTE MADERA, CA

TBA

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 19-21: JAMES RIVER WRITERS CONFERENCE, RICHMOND, VA

TBA

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

TBA

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 TBA: SURREY INTERNATIONAL WRITERS CONFERENCE, SURREY, BC, CANADA

TBA

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

TBA

A CHIP OFF THE OLD BLOCK

Kathleen Rushall, ABLA

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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