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

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

SEPTEMBER 9-11: ROCKY MOUNTAIN FICTION WRITERS CONFERENCE, DENVER, CO

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

For Author: Kathleen Rushall

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 Associate

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
Rachel Burkot—Holloway Literary
Caitie Flum—Liza Dawson Associates

SEPTEMBER 10: AGENTS, EDITORS, WRITERS, BELGRADE ME
Kaylee Davis—Dee Mura Literary
Erin Murphy—Erin Murphy Literary Agency
Ammi-Joan Paquette—Erin Murphy Literary Agency
Rebecca Podos—Rees Agency

SEPTEMBER 10: WRITING FOR CHANGE, SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Jennifer Chen Tran—Fuse Literary
Andy Ross—Andy Ross Literary Agency

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
Suzie Townsend—New Leaf Literary & Media
John Rudolph—Dystel & Goderich Literary Management
Pam Van Howell—D4EO Literary

SEPTEMBER 16-17: ORA FICTION WRITERS CONFERENCE, SPRINGFIELD, MO
Sara Megibow—KT Literary Agency

SEPTEMBER 16-19: SCBWI MID-SOUTH CONFERENCE, FRANKLIN, TN
Ali Brydon—Bright USA
Holly Root—Waxman Leavell Literary Agency
Kathleen Rushall—Andrea Brown Literary Agency

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 22-25: ALGONQUIN NEW YORK PITCH , NEW YORK, NY
Michelle Richter—Fuse Literary

SEPTEMBER 23-24: LUW FALL CONFERENCE, NORTH PROV, UT
Michele Witte—Mansion Street Literary
Terri Baranowski—Agent Gateway Literary

SEPTEMBER 24: TALLAHASSEE WRITERS CONFERENCE, TALLAHASSEE, FL
Elizabeth Copps—Maria Carvainis Agency
Alyssa Jennette—Stonesong Literary

SEPTEMBER 24-25: BROADLEAF WRITERS CONFERENCE, DECATUR, GA
Kaylee Davis—Dee Mura Literary
Kimiko Nakamura—Dee Mura Literary
Kristy Hunter—The Knight Agency

SEPTEMBER 29-OCTOBER 1: CENTRAL COAST WRITERS’ CONFERENCE, SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA 
Laurie McLean—Fuse Literary
Lisa Abellera—Kimberly Cameron Associates
More TBA

SEPTEMBER 29-OCTOBER 1: MOONLIGHT AND MAGNOLIAS, PEACHTREE CORNERS, GA
Nicole Rescenti—Seymore Agency

Laura Bradford—Bradford Agency

SEPTEMBER 30-OCTOBER 2: SCBWI CAROLINAS FALL CONFERENCE, CHARLOTTE, NC
Josh Adams—Adams Literary
Tracey Adams—Adams Literary
Stephen Fraser—Jennifer De Chiara Literary AgencyDeborah 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

OCTOBER 7-8: WIK ’16, HOOVER, AL

Brooks Sherman—The Bent Agency

OCTOBER 7-9: EXPLORE YOUR STORYBOOK WORLD, DES MOINES, IA
Christa Heschke—McIntosh and Otis

OCTOBER 8: NINTH ANNUAL ROCHESTER WRITERS’ CONFERENCE, ROCHESTER, MI
Not Disclosed

OCTOBER 8: PUSH TO PULBISH, PHILADELPHIA, PAUPDATE!

Adriana Dominguez—Full Circle Literary Agency
Jordy Albert—The Booker Albert Literary Agency
Lucinda Blumenfel—Lucinda Literary 
Marie Lamba—Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency

Eric Smith—P.S. Literary

OCTOBER 13-16: ENDURING SPIRITS UNTOLD STORIES, SANTA FE, NM

Samantha Bremekamp—Corvisiero Literary Agency
Shanon Hassan—Marsal Lyon Agency

OCTOBER 14-16: EMERALD CITY WRITERS’ CONFERENCE, SEATTLE, WA
Nephele Tempest—The Knight Agency
Laura Zats—Red Sofa Literary

OCTOBER 14-16: JAMES RIVER WRITERS CONFERENCE, RICHMOND, VA
Linda Camacho—Prospect Agency
Gemma Cooper—The Bent Agency
Moe Ferrara—Bookends Literary
Katie Kotchman—Don Congdon Associates

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 14-15: NWG FALL WRITER’S CONFERENCE, AURORA, NE
Carrie Pestritto—Prospect Literary Agency

OCTOBER 15: SET YOUR CRAFT A-SALE, THOUSAND OAKS, CA
Tricia Lawrence—Erin Murphy Literary Agency

OCTOBER 18-21: THE SAN FRANCISCO WRITE TO MARKET CONFERENCE, CORTE MADERA, CA
Andy Ross—Andy Ross Literary Agency

Pam van Hylckama Vlieg—D4EO
Chiara Rosati—Veritas Literary Agency
Jennifer Chen Tran—Fuse Literary

OCTOBER 20-23: FLORIDA WRITERS’ CONFERENCE, ORLANDO,FL
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, CANADA 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 21-23: (PDF) SCBWI WISCONSIN FALL CONFERENCE, GREEN LAKE , WI
Danielle Smith—Red Fox Literary

OCTOBER 22: SCBWI-HOUSTON CONFERENCE: SURRENDER TO THE STORY, HOUSTON, TX
Kelly Sonnack—Andrea Brown Literary
Brianne Johnson—Writers House

Ginger Clark—Curtis Brown

OCTOBER 22: ONE-DAY NOVEL INTENSIVE, PLEASANTON, CA
Molly O’Neill—Waxman Leavell Literary Agency

OCTOBER 22-23: STRAWS, STICKS, OR BRICKS—HOW TO BUILD A SOLID STORY, ST. PAUL, MN

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

Alex Slater—Trident Media Group

OCTOBER 23: THE FALL PHILLY, PHILADELPHIA, PANew!
Adriana Dominguez—Full Circle Literary
Linda Camacho—Prospect Agency
Beth Phelan—The Bent Agency
Kelly Peterson—Corvisiero Literary
Jordy Albert—The Booker Albert Agency
Danielle Burby—HSG Agency
Melissa Edwards—Stonesong Agency
Charlie Olsen—Inkwell Management

Sean McCarthy—The Sean McCarthy Literary Agency
Christa Heschke—McIntosh & Otis Agency

OCTOBER 28-30: WRITERS DIGEST NOVEL WRITING CONFERENCE, LOS ANGELES, CA
Paula Munier—Talcott Notch Literary Services
Patricia Nelson—Marsal Lyon Literary Agency

NOVEMBER 3-6: SANIBEL ISLAND WRITERS CONFERENCE, SANIBEL ISLAND, FL
Christopher SchellingSelectric Artists

NOVEMBER 4-5: SCBWI-KANSAS FALL CONFERENCE, OVERLAND PARK, KS
Linda Camacho—Prospect Agency
Stephanie Fretwell-Hill—Red Fox Literary
Stephen Fraser—Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency

NOVEMBER 11-12: SCBWI-NEW MEXICO HANDSPRINGS, ALBUQUERQUE, NM
Tracey AdamsAdams Literary

NOVEMBER 11-13: THE LA JOLLA WRITERS CONFERENCE, LA JOLLA, CA
TBA

NOVEMBER 19: LAS VEGAS WRITING WORKSHOP, LAS VEGAS, NV

Paul S. Levine—Paul 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

NOVEMBER 19: SAN DIEGO RWA,  CONFERENCE (TBA), SAN DIEGO, CA
Laurie McLean—Fuse Literary
Suzie Townsend—New Leaf Literary & Media

NOVEMBER TBA: KAUAI WRITERS FESTIVAL, KAUAI, HI
Andy Ross—Andy Ross Literary Agency

Literary Agents: 2017 Writers’ Conferences

 

JANUARY 20-22: SDSU WRITERS CONFERENCE, SAN DIEGO, CA
Melissa L. Edwards—Aaron M. Priest Literary Agency
Mark Gottlieb—Trident Media
Steven Hutson—Wordwise Media Service

FEBRUARY 26-MARCH 3: THE SEYMOUR AGENCY WRITERS WINTER ESCAPE CRUISE, DEPARTING FROM MIAMI, FL
TBA

MARCH 10-11: SPRINGMINGLE & ILLUSTRATORS’ DAY, DECATUR, GA
Adriana Dominguez—Full Circle Literary
Janell Walden Agyeman—Marie Brown Associates
Sally Apokedak Leslie H. Stobbe Literary Agency

MARCH 25: UNICORN WRITERS’ CONFERENCE, REID CASTLE, PURCHASE, NY

TBA

MARCH 24-26: CALIFORNIA DREAMIN’: A CONFERENCE FOR WRITERS, BREA, CA
TBA

APRIL 7-8: NEBRASKA WRITER’S GUILD SPRING CONFERENCE, AURORA, NE


TBA

APRIL 20-22: LAS VEGAS WRITER’S CONFERENCE, LAS VEGAS, NV
TBA

APRIL 21-23: NESCBWI CONFERENCE, TBA
TBA

APRIL 27-30: STOKERCON, LONG BEACH, CA
TBA

MAY 6-7: DFW WRITERS CONFERENCE, DALLAS, TX
12 Agents, TBA

JUNE 16-18: GATEWAY TO PUBLISHING CONFERENCE AND CONVENTION, ST. LOUIS, MO
TBA

JULY 26-27: RWA CONFERENCE, DISNEY WORLD, ORLANDO, FL
TBA

SEPTEMBER 22-24: BIG SUR ON THE CAPE, CAPE COD, MA
Agents of the Andrea Brown Literary Agency
TBA

NOVEMBER 3– 4: C.D. WRIGHT WOMEN’S WRITERS CONFERENCE , CONWAY, AR
TBA