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

JANUARY 12-14: SCBWI-FLORIDA REGIONAL CONFERENCE, MIAMI, FL

Jennie Dunham—Dumham Literary, Inc.
Marcia Wernick—Wernick & Pratt Agency
Lorin Oberweger—Adams Literary Agency

JANUARY 27-28: SCBWI-NEVADA NEW YEARS RESOLUTION PITCH FEST, LAS VEGAS, NV

Jill Corcoran—Jill Corcoran Literary Agency
Beth Phelan—The Bent Agency
Jen Rofe—Andrea Brown Literary Agency 

FEBRUARY 2-4: SCBWI-INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE, NEW YORK, NY

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FEBRUARY 15-17: PUBWEST, PASADENA, CA

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

Dawn Frederick—Red Sofa Literary
Taylor Martindale Kean—Full Circle Literary
Patricia Nelson—Marsal Lyon Literary Agency
Monica Odom—Bradford Literary Agency
Andy Ross—Andy Ross Agency
Jennifer March Soloway—Andrea Brown Literary Agency
Gordon Warnock—Fuse Literary Agency 
Carlisle Webber—Fuse Literary Agency
Laurie McLean—Fuse Literary Agency

FEBRUARY 21-25: FLORIDA CHRISTIAN WRITERS CONFERENCE, LEESBURG, FL

Bob Hostetler—Steve Laub Agency  
Cyle Young—Hartline Agency

FEBRUARY 16-18: SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA WRITERS CONFERENCE, SAN DIEGO, CA

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MARCH 1-4: MYSTERY WRITERS OF AMERICA’S SLEUTHFEST, BOCA RATON, FL

Mitchell Waters—Curtis Brown, Ltd.
Jenny Bent—The Bent Agency

MARCH 9-11: SCBWI GOLDEN GATE CONFERENCE, PACIFIC GROVE, CANew!

Fiona Kenshole—Transatlantic Agency

Linda Camacho—Prospect Agency

Sean McCarthy—Sean McCarthy Literary Agency

MARCH 10: BAY TO OCEAN WRITERS CONFERENCE, WYE MILLS, MD

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MARCH 10-11: SCBWI-SOUTHERN BREEZE WRITING AND ILLUSTRATING FOR KIDS CONFERENCE, HOOVER, AL

John Cusick—Folio, Jr.

MARCH 17-18: SCBWI-MARYLAND/DELAWARE/WEST VIRGINIA CONFERENCE, LINTHICUM HEIGHTS, MD

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MARCH 24-25: LIBERTY STATES FICTION WRITERS CONFERENCE, ISELIN, NJNew!

Michelle Grajkowski—3 Seas Literary Agency
Caitlen Rubino-Bradway—LKG Agency
Stephanie Hansen—Metamorphasis Agency

APRIL 6-7: SCBWI-OKLAHOMA SPRING CONFERENCE, OKLAHOMA CITY, OK

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APRIL 7: SCBWI SPRING SPIRIT, CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA

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

JUNE 9-10: DFWCON, HURST, TX

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

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

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

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

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SEPTEMBER 15: UNICORN WRITERS CONFERENCE, PURCHASE, NY

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

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A MOST MAGICAL GIRL

Catherine Drayton, Inkwell Mgt

ROYALLY ENTITLED by Melody Delgado

Cyle Young, Hartline Literary Agency

IF THE MAGIC FITS by Susan Maupin Schmid

Sara Crowe, Pippin Properties

GEARS OF REVOLUTION by J. Scott Savage

Michael Bourret, DG&B

THE SCOURGE by Jennifer Nielsen

Erin Murphy, EMLA

EXIT STRATEGY by Lauren Allbright

Emily Keyes, Fuse Literary

LOST & FOUND: WITHERWOOD REFORM SCHOOL

Laurie Liss, Sterling Lord Literistic

HAZY BLOOM AND THE TOMORROW POWER by Jennnifer Hamburg

Jennifer DeChiara, The Jennifer DeChiara Literary Agency

THE SECOND AMENDMENT: THE RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS

Lara Perkins, ABLA