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.

To find out more about the recently released or soon-to-be released books featured on this page, click on the image. The agents or agencies that represented each book are listed below the cover images.
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Literary Agents: 2018 Writers’ Conferences

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

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

SEPTEMBER 27: CENTRAL COAST WRITERS CONFERENCE, OBISPO, CA

Lisa Abellera—Kimberley Cameron & Associates
Taylor Martindale Kean—Full Circle Literary
Laurie McLean—Fuse Literary Agency

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 13: PUSH TO PUBLISH, PHILADELPHIA, PA

Jordy Albert—The Booker Albert Literary Agency
Sonali Chanchani—Folio Literary Management
Alyssa Eisner Henkin—Trident Media Group
Stephanie Kehr—C.Y.L.E. Literary

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, VA

Beth Phelan—Gallt & Zacker

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

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

Barbara PoelleGoodman Agency 
Laurie Mclean—Fuse Literary Agency

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

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

Wendi Gu—Janklow & Nesbit Associates
Barry Goldblatt—Barry Goldblatt Literary
Alexandra Penfold—Upstart Crow Literary

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

APRIL 13: SOUTHWEST FLORIDA WRITERS CONFERENCE, PORT CHARLOTTE, FL

TBA

JUNE 20-22: KENTUCKY CHRISTIAN WRITERS CONFERENCE, ELIZABETHTOWN, KY

TBA

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 AFTERLIFE ACADEMY

Shannon Hassan at Marsal Lyon Literary Agency

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