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. 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: 2017 Writers’ Conferences

JUNE 1-4: DESERT DREAMS WRITERS CONFERENCE, PHOENIX, AZ

Renee Nyen—KT Literary

JUNE 3-4: NJSCBWI CONFERENCE, NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ

Linda Camacho—Prospect Literary Agency 
Andrea Cascardi—Transatlantic Literary Agency 
Liza Fleissig—Liza Royce Literary Agency 
Susan Hawk—Upstart Crow Literary Agency 
Christa Heschke—McIntosh and Otis Literary Agency 
Alyssa Jennette—Stonesong Literary Agency 
Marie Lamba—Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency 
Lauren Spieller—Triada US Literary Agency 
Marietta Zacker—Gallt & Zacker Literary Agency 

JUNE 10: CHILDREN’S WRITERS OF THE HUDSON VALLEY CONFERENCE, POUGHKEEPSIE, NY

John M. CusickFolio Jr./Folio Literary Management

JUNE 10-11: CALIFORNIA CRIME WRITERS CONFERENCE, CULVER CITY, CA

Joanna MacKenzie—Nelson Literary Agency

JUNE 12-16: WRITING & ILLUSTRATING FOR YOUNG READERS, SANDY, UT

Ben Grange—JABberwocky Literary Agency
Amy Jameson—A+B Works
Michelle Witte—Mansion Street Literary Management
Stephen Fraser—The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency

JUNE 16-17: ARKANSAS SCBWI CONFERENCE, LITTLE ROCK, AR

Molly O’Neill—Waxman Leavell Literary Agency

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

Undisclosed

JUNE 22-24: HISTORICAL NOVEL SOCIETY CONFERENCE, PORTLAND, OR

Irene Goodman—Irene Goodman Literary Agency
Erin Harris—Folio Literary Management
Kevan Lyon—Marsal Lyon Literary
Jennifer Weltz—The Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency

JUNE 22-24: SOCAL CHRISTIAN WRITERS CONFERENCE, LA MIRADA, CA

Adria Goetz—Martin Literary Agency

JUNE 18-23: SANTA BARBARA WRITERS CONFERENCE, SANTA BARBARA, CA

Eric MyersDystel & Goderich Literary Management
Toni Lopopolo—Toni Lopopolo Literary Management
Jennifer March Soloway—Andrea Brown Literary Agency

JUNE 22-24: JACKSON HOLE WRITERS CONFERENCE, JACKSON, WY

Rachel CrawfordWolf Literary

JUNE 22-24: KENTUCKY CHRISTIAN WRITERS CONFERENCE, ELIZABETHTOWN, KY

Cyle Young—Hartline Literary Agency

JUNE 24: THE WRITING WORKSHOP OF CHICAGO, CHICAGO, IL

Gemma Cooper—The Bent Agency
Alexandra Weiss—Jennifer De Chiara Literary
Marcy Posner—Folio Literary
Laura Crockett—Triada US Literary
Loretta Caravette—LR Children’s Literary
Jen Karsbaek—Fuse Literary
Lesley Sabga—The Seymour Agency

JUNE 30-JULY 2: THE WRITERS LEAGUE OF TEXAS AGENTS & EDITORS CONFERENCE, AUSTIN, TX

Sara Crowe—Pippin Properties
Regina Brooks—Serendipity Literary Agency
Alexa Stark—Trident Media Group

JULY 7-10: SCBWI INTERNATIONAL SUMMER CONFERENCE, LOS ANGELES, CA

Erzsi Deak—Hen&ink Literary Studio
Jennifer Laughran—Andrea Brown Literary Agency
Jennifer Rofé—Andrea Brown Literary Agency
Tricia Lawrence—Erin Murphy Literary Agency
Alexandra Penfold—Upstart Crow Literary
Rubin Pfeffer—Rubin Pfeffer Content
Quressa Robinson—D4EO Literary Agency
Michael Stearns—Upstart Crow Literary
Kate Testerman—KT Literary

JULY 11–15: THRILLERFEST, NEW YORK, NYNew!

Lisa Abellera—Kimberley Cameron and Associates
Marisa Corvisiero—Corvisiero Literary Agency
Jess Dallow—Brower Literary & Management
Heather Flaherty—The Bent Agency
Liza Fleissig—Liza Royce Agency
Mark Gottlieb—Trident Media Group
Sandy Lu—L. Perkins Agency
Gina Maccoby—Gina Maccoby Literary Agency
Paula Munier—Talcott Notch Literary Agency
Eric Myers—Dystel, Goderich, & Bourret 
Kelly Peterson—Corvisiero Literary Agency
Beth Phelan—The Bent Agency
Michelle Richter—Fuse Literary
Alec Shane—Writers House
Erica Spellman Silverman—Trident Media Group
Jessica Spivey—Victoria Sanders & Associates
Uwe Stender—TriadaUS Literary Agency
Barbara Poelle—Irene Goodman Literary Agency

JULY 15-16: ALLWRITE NOW!, CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO

Alice Speilburg—Speilburg Literary Agency
Justin Wells—Corvisiero Literary Agency

JULY 20-22: MIDWEST WRITERS WORKSHOP, MUNCIE, IN

Roseanne Wells—Jennifer De Chiara Literary
Jessica Sinsheimer—Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency
Monica Odom—Bradford Literary Agency
Brooks Sherman—The Bent Agency
Jennifer Laughran—Andrea Brown Literary Agency
Eric Smith—P.S. Literary

JULY 20-23: PNWA CONFERENCE, SEATTLE, WA

Michael Carr—Veritas Literary
Laurie McLean—Fuse Literary
Eric Myer—Myers Literary Management
Michelle Richter—Fuse Literary
Quressa Robinson—D4EO Literary
Eric Ruben—The Ruben Agency
Steven Salpeter—Curtis Brown Agency
Rebecca Scherer—Jane Rotrosen Agency
Patricia Nelson—Marsal Lyon Literary

JULY 22: TENNESSEE WRITERS WORKSHOP, NASHVILLE, TN

Lauren MacLeod—The Strothman Agency
Julie Gwinn—The Seymour Agency
Alice SpeilburgSpeilburg Literary
Cate HartCorvisiero Literary
Laura Crockett—Triada US Literary

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

Laura Bradford—Bradford Literary Agency 
Cori Deyoe—3 Seas Literary Agency 
Michelle Grajkowski—3 Seas Literary Agency 
Linda Scalissi—3 Seas Literary Agency 
Pamela Harty—The Knight Agency 
Elaine Spencer—The Knight Agency
Saritza Hernandez—Corvisiero Literary Agency 
Veronica Park—Corvisiero Literary Agency 
Amanda Leuck—Spencer Hill Associates
Courtney Miller-Callihan—Handspun Literary Agency 
Nicloe Rescinti—The Seymour Agency 
Rebecca Strauss—DeFiore and Co. 
Emily Sylvan Kim—Prospect Agency 
Jessica Watterson—Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency 

JULY 26-29: GREATER PHILLY CHRISTIAN WRITERS CONFERENCE, PHILADELPHIA, PA

Cyle Young—Hartline Literary Agency

AUGUST 3: MENDOCINO COAST WRITERS’ CONFERENCE, FORT BRAGG, CA

Jessica Sinsheimer—Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency

AUGUST 3-6: CAPE COD WRITERS CENTER CONFERENCE, HYANNIS, MA

Katie Grimm—Don Congdon Associates
Kaylee Davis—DeeMura Agency

AUGUST 4-6: WILLAMETTE WRITERS CONFERENCE, PORTLAND, OR

Dawn Michelle Frederick—Red Sofa Literary
Alexander Slater—Trident Media Group
Emily S. Keyes—Fuse Literary
Rachel Letofsky—The Cooke Agency
Roseanne Wells—Jennifer De Chiara Literary
Saba Sulaiman—Talcott Notch Literary Services
Olga Filina—The Rights Factory

AUGUST 15-18: OREGON CHRISTIAN WRITERS SUMMER CONFERENCE, PORTLAND, OR

Stephanie Alton—Blythe Daniel Agency
Sally Apokedak—Leslie H. Stobbe Literary Agency
Tim Beals—Credo Communications
Bill Jensen—William K Jensen Literary Agency

AUGUST 18-20: WRITERS DIGEST ANNUAL CONFERENCE, NEW YORK, NY

Claire EastonPainted Words
Kurestin Armada—P.S. Literary
Sonali Chanchani—Folio Literary Management
Ashley Collom—DeFiore and Company Literary Management
Reiko Davis—DeFiore and Company Literary Management
Marisa Corvisiero—Corvisiero Literary
Cate Hart—Corvisiero Literary
Veronica Park—Corvisiero Literary
Kelly Peterson—Corvisiero Literary
Rachel Crawford—Wolf Literary
Jess Dallow—Brower Literary & Management
Kaylee Davis—Dee Mura Literary
Kimiko Nakamura—Dee Mura Literary
Linda CamachoProspect Literary Agency  
Diana FinchDiana Finch Literary
Caitie FlumEliza Dawson Associates
Mark GottliebTrident Media Group
Wendy Gu—Greenburger Associates
Serene Hakim—Pande Literary
Brita Lundberg—Irene Goodman Literary Agency
Bibi Lewis—Ethan Ellenberg Agency
Amaryah Orenstein—GO Literary
Quressa Robinson—D4EO Literary Agency
Eric Ruben—Eric Ruben Literary Agency

Caitlen Rubino-Bradway—LKG Literary
Lauren Bieker—Fineprint Literary
Debbie Carter—Waverly Place Literary Agency
Steven Salpeter—Curtis Brown, Ltd.
Alec Shane—Writers House
Kari Sutherland—Bradford Literary Agency
Blair Wilson—Park Literary & Media

AUGUST 24-27: KILLER NASHVILLE, FRANKLIN, TN

Peter Rubie—Fineprint Literary
Amelia Appel—McIntosh & Otis
Mike Hoogland—Dystel, Goderich & Bourret
Tracy Marchini—Bookends Literary Agency

AUGUST 25-27: RED HOT CAROLINAS CONFERENCE, CHARLOTTE, NCNew!

Jennifer Mattson—Andrea Brown Literary Agency
John Cusick—Folio Literary Management
Jennifer Wills—The Seymour Agency

SEPTEMBER 8-10: ROCKY MOUNTAIN COLORADO GOLD CONFERENCE, DENVER, CO

Danielle BurbyNelson Literary Agency
Carrie HowlandEmpire Literary
Kristin NelsonNelson Literary Agency, LLC
Zoe SandlerICM Partners

SEPTEMBER 9: THE CHESAPEAKE WRITING WORKSHOP, WASHINGTON D.C.

Amanda Jain—Inklings Literary
Mark Gottlieb—Trident Media Group
Regina Brooks—Serendipity Literary
Mike Hoogland—Dystel, Goderich, & Bourret
Eric Smith—P.S. Literary

SEPTEMBER 9: MAINE AGENTS, EDITORS, WRITERS CONFERENCE, BELGRADE, ME

Ammi-Joan Paquette—Erin Murphy Literary Agency
Ruben Pfeffer—Ruben Pfeffer Content LLC
Kaylee Davis—Dee Mura Literary

SEPTEMBER 14–16: HAMPTON ROADS WRITERS CONFERENCE, VIRGINIA BEACH, VA

Valerie Noble—Donaghy Literary Group
Irene Goodman—Irene Goodman Literary Agency

SEPTEMBER 15: SCBWI-ALASKA/ ALASKA WRITERS GUILD/ROMANCE WRITERS OF AMERICA JOINT CONFERENCE, ANCHORAGE, AK

TBA

SEPTEMBER 15-16: SCBWI-MICHIGAN THE GATHERING ON THE GRAND FALL CONFERENCE, GRAND RAPIDS, MI

TBA

SEPTEMBER 15-17: SCBWI-WISCONSIN FALL RETREAT CONFERENCE, WISCONSIN DELLS, WI

TBA

SEPTEMBER 21-24: AMERICAN CHRISTIAN FICTION WRITERS CONFERENCE, GRAPEVINE, TXNew!

Steve Laube—The Steve Laube Agency

SEPTEMBER 21-24: HISTORICAL WRITERS OF AMERICA, TAMAYA RESORT, NMNew!

Michelle BrowerAevitas Creative
Gina PanettieriTalcott Notch Literary Services

SEPTEMBER 22-23: SCBWI ARIZONA REGIONAL CONFERENCE, AZ

TBA

SEPTEMBER 22-24: PACIFIC COAST CHILDREN’S WRITERS NOVEL WORKSHOP & RETREAT, SANTA CRUZ, CA

Brianne Johnson—Writers House

SEPTEMBER 22-24: BIG SUR ON THE CAPE, CAPE COD, MA

Andrea Brown—Andrea Brown Literary Agency
Jennifer Laughran—Andrea Brown Literary Agency
Kathleen Rushall—Andrea Brown Literary Agency
Jennifer Soloway—Andrea Brown Literary Agency

SEPTEMBER 28-30: MARANATHA CHRISTIAN WRITERS CONFERENCE, MUSKEGON, MI

Cyle Young—Hartline Literary Agency

SEPTEMBER 28-OCTOBER 1: MOONLIGHT AND MAGNOLIAS, PEACHTREE CORNERS, GA

Kristy Hunter—The Knight Agency
Amanda Leuck—Spencer Hill
Kaitlyn Johnson—Corvisiero Literary Agency

SEPTEMBER 29-OCTOBER 1: SCBWI MIDSOUTH FALL CONFERENCE, FRANKLIN, TNNew!

Linda Camacho—Prospect Literary Agency  
Alexander Slater—Trident Media Group

OCTOBER 6-8: SCBWI-HOUSTON FALL CONFERENCE, HOUSTON, TX

TBA

OCTOBER 7-8: SCBWI ROCKY MOUNTAIN FALL CONFERENCE, GOLDEN, CO

TBA

OCTOBER 12-14: OZARK CREATIVE WRITERS CONFERENCE, EURAKA SPRINGS, AR

TBA

OCTOBER 13-15: SCBWI—IOWA STORYTELLING:UNLOCK YOUR SUPERPOWERS!, CEDAR RAPIDS, IA

Jennifer Soloway—Andrea Brown Literary Agency

OCTOBER 19-27: SURREY INTERNATIONAL WRITERS CONFERENCE, SURREY, BC, CANADA

Jennifer Laughran—Andrea Brown Literary Agency
Tricia Skinner—Fuse Literary Agency
DongWon Song—Howard Morhaim Literary Agency
Nephele Tempest—The Knight Agency
Laura Zats—Red Sofa Literary
Kari Sutherland—Bradford Literary Agency
Sharon Pelletier—Dystel, Goderich, & Bourret

OCTOBER 21: SCBWI OKTOBER FEST FALL REGIONAL CONFERENCE, OAKLAND, CANew!

Heather Flaherty—Bent Agency
Clelia Gore—Martin Literary and Media Management
Jennifer March Soloway—Andrea Brown Literary Agency

OCTOBER 25–28: THE RHYME REVOLUTION WEEKEND, NEW HARMONY, IN

Adria Goetz—Martin Literary Management

OCTOBER 26-28: WOMEN WRITING THE WEST, TUCSON, AZ

Sandra Bond—Bond Literary Agency

OCTOBER 27-28: SCBWI-ATLANTIC FALL CONFERENCE, DULLES, VA

TBA

OCTOBER 27-29: SOUTH CAROLINA WRITERS ASSOCIATION BIG DREAM CONFERENCE, PAWLEYS ISLAND, SC

Michelle Johnson—Inkling Literary Agency
Peter Steinberg—Foundry Literary + Media

NOVEMBER 2-5: SANIBEL ISLAND WRITERS CONFERENCE, SANIBEL ISLAND, FL

Christopher Schelling—Selectric Artists 
JL Stermer—New Leaf Literary & Media

NOVEMBER 3-4: SCBWI KANSAS/MISSOURI MIDDLE OF THE MAP CONFERENCE, OVERLAND PARK, KS

TBA

NOVEMBER 4: SCBWI-ILLINOIS PRARIE WRITERS & ILLUSTRATORS DAY, PALATINE, IL

TBA

Literary Agents: 2018 Writers’ Conferences

WINTER TBA: SCBWI INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE, NEW YORK, NY

TBA

WINTER TBA: WRITERS IN PARADISE CONFERENCE, ST PETERSBURG, FL

TBA

WINTER TBA: SLEUTHFEST, BOCA RATON, FL

TBA

FEBRUARY 15-17: PUBWEST, PASADENA, CA

TBA

FEBRUARY 15-18: SAN FRANCISCO WRITING CONFERENCE, SAN FRANCISCO, CA

TB

FEBRUARY 16-18: ASHEVILLE CHRISTIAN WRITERS CONFERENCE, ASHEVILLE, NC

TBA

FEBRUARY TBA: SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA WRITERS CONFERENCE, SAN DIEGO, CA

TBA

SPRING TBA: PIKES PEAK WRITERS CONFERENCE, COLORADO SPRINGS, CO


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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

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