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

 

NOVEMBER 15-DECEMBER 15: WRITEONCON, ONLINE

Suzie Townsend—New Leaf Literary & Media
Roseanne Wells—The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency
Joanna Moult—Skylark Literary Agency
Amber J. Carave—Skylark Literary Agency
Jenny Bent—The Bent Agency
Elana Roth Parker—Laura Dail Literary Agency
Alyssa Eisner Henkin—Trident Media Group
Tracy Marchini—BookEnds Literary Agency

Literary Agents: 2017 Writers’ Conferences

 

JANUARY 13-15: SCBWI FLORIDA CONFERENCE, MIAMI, FL

Ginger Clark—Curtis Brown, LTD
Sarah Davies—Greenhouse Literary Agency
Lorin OberwegerAdams Literary 

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
Heather Flaherty—The Bent Agency
Hannah Fergesen—KT Literary
Lori Nowicki—Painted Words

JANUARY 27-29: GENRE-LA™ WRITERS CONFERENCE, CULVER CITY, CA

Lisa Abellera—Kimberley Cameron and Associates
Jennifer Azantian—Azantian Literary Agency
Lisa Abellera—Kimberley Cameron and Associates
Steven Hutson—Wordwise Media Service

FEBRUARY 10-12: SCBWI INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE, NEW YORK, NY

Ginger Clark—Curtis Brown, LTD
Sarah Davies—Greenhouse Literary Agency
Susan Hawk—The Bent Agency
Rubin Pfeffer—Rubin Pfeffer Content
Holly McGhee—Pippin Properties
Linda Pratt—Wernick & Pratt Agency

FEBRUARY 16-19: SAN FRANCISCO WRITERS CONFERENCE, SAN FRANCISCO, CA

Jennifer Chen Tran—Fuse Literary 
Mark Gottlieb—Trident Media Group
Laurie McLean—Fuse Literary
Paula Munier—Talcott Notch Literary Services 
John Rudolph—Dystel & Goderich 
Jennifer March Soloway—Andrea Brown Literary Agency
Gordon Warnock—Fuse Literary 
Carlie Webber—CK Webber Associates

FEBRUARY 17-20: SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA WRITERS’ CONFERENCE, SAN DIEGO, CA

Leticia Gomez—Savvy Literary Services
Eve Porinchak—Jill Corcoran Literary Agency
John Rudolph—Dystel & Goderich

FEBRUARY 23-26: SLEUTHFEST, BOCA RATON, FL

Alec Shane—Writers House
Kirby Kim—Janklow & Nesbit
Steven Axelrod—The Axelrod Agency

FEBRUARY 25: ATLANTA WRITING WORKSHOP, ATLANTA, GA

Sally Apokedak—The Leslie H. Stobbe Literary Agency
Marisa A. Corvisiero—Corvisiero Literary
Eric Smith—P.S. Literary
Kristy Hunter—The Knight Agency
Elizabeth Copps—Maria Carvainis Agency
Janell Walden Agyeman—Marie Brown Associates
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MARCH 3: GOLDEN GATE CONFERENCE, PACIFIC GROVE, CA

Carrie Howland—Empire Literary
Tricia Lawrence—Erin Murphy Literary Agency
Caryn Wiseman—Andrea Brown Literary Agency

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 18: SCBWI NV & UNLV CONFERENCE, LAS VEGAS, NV

Lara Perkins—Andrea Brown Literary Agency

MARCH 18-19: FROM DREAMING TO DOING, BUCKEYSTOWN, MDNew!

Thao Le—Sandra Dijkstra & Associates
Andrea Morrison—Writers House
Jessica Sinsheimer—Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency

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

Laura Bradford—Bradford Literary Agency
Patricia Nelson—Marsal Lyon Literary Agency
Nephele Tempest—The Knight Agency
Jessica Watterson—Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency

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

Madeleine Clark—Sterlling Lord Literistic
Elizabeth Copps—Maria Carvainis Agency
Rachel Ekstrom—Irene Goodman Agency
Jacqueline Flynn—Joelle Delbourgo Associates
Stephen Fraser—The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency
Christ Heschke—McIntosh & Otis
Lane Heymont—The Seymour Agency
Leon Husock—L. Perkins Agency
Emily Keyes—Fuse Literary 
Andy Kifer—The Gernert Company
Katie Kotchman—Don Congdon Associates
Gina Macoby—Gina Maccoby Literary Agency
Monica Odom—Liza Dawson Associates
Gina Panettieri—Talcott Notch Literary Services 
Saba Sulaiman—Talcott Notch Literary Services 
Rachel Duga—Talcott Notch Literary Services 
Jessica Regel—Foundry Media
Alec Shane—Writers House
Sarah Younger—Nancy Yost Literary

MARCH 25: SCBWI OKLAHOMA SPRING CONFERENCE, TULSA, OK

Kristin Nelson—Nelson Literary Agency
Linda Camacho—Prospect Agency 

MARCH 25: MICHIGAN WRITING WORKSHOP, DETROIT, MI

Jennifer Wills—The Seymour Agency
Lesley Sabga—The Seymour Agency
Regina Brooks—Serendipity Literary Agency
Sara Megibow—KT Literary
Alice Speilburg—Speilburg Literary
Kirsten Carleton—Prospect Agency 
Janna Bonikowski—The Knight Agency
Elana Roth Parker—Laura Dail Literary Agency
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APRIL 1: SCBWI SPRING SPIRIT CONFERENCE, CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA

TBA

APRIL 7-8: NEBRASKA WRITERS GUILD SPRING WRITERS’ CONFERENCE, LA VISTA, NE

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APRIL 7-8: THE PITCH CONFERENCE, MINNEAPOLIS, MN

Andrea Somberg—Harvey Klinger Literary Agency
Anjali Singh—Ayesha Pande Literary
Kate McKean—Howard Morhaim Literary Agency
Lana Popovic—Chalberg & Sussman
Laurie McLean—Fuse Literary Management
Mackenzie Brady Watson—Stuart Krichevsky Literary Agency
Victoria Cappello—The Bent Agency
Sarah Lapolla—Bradford Literary Agency
Soumeya Bendimerad Roberts—Writers House
Stacey Graham—Red Sofa Literary
Steven Salpeter—Curtis Brown
Taylor Martindale Kean—Full Circle Literary

APRIL 7-9: WESTERN WASHINGTON SCBWI SPRING CONFERENCE, REDMOND, WA

TBA

APRIL 8: PHILADELPHIA WRITING WORKSHOP, PHILADELPHIA, PA

Kelly Peterson—Corvisiero Literary
Vanessa Robins—Corvisiero Literary
Elizabeth Copps—Maria Carvainis Agency
Adriana Dominguez—Full Circle Literary
Eric Smith—P.S. Literary
Marie Lamba—Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency
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APRIL 21-23: NESCBWI CONFERENCE, TBA

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APRIL 22: IDAHO CONFERENCE ON YOUTH & CHILDREN’S LITERATURE AND WRITING, BOISE, ID

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APRIL 22: KENTUCKY WRITING WORKSHOP, LOUISVILLE, KY

Brent Taylor—TriadaUS Literary Agency, Inc
Lesley Sabga—The Seymour Agency
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APRIL 27-30: STOKERCON, LONG BEACH, CA

TBA

APRIL 28-30: PIKES PEAK WRITERS CONFERENCE, COLORADO SPRINGS, CO

Sharon Pelletier—Dystel & Goderich Literary Management
Kristin Nelson—Nelson Literary Agency
Natalie Lakosil—Bradford Literary Agency
Heather Flaherty—The Bent Agency
Lisa Abellera—Kimberley Cameron and Associates

MAY 5-6: 2017 IDAHO WRITERS CONFERENCE, BOISE, ID

TBA

MAY 5-6: NORTHERN COLORADO WRITERS CONFERENCE, FORT COLLINS, CO

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MAY 5-7: THE MUSE AND THE MARKETPLACE, BOSTON, MA

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MAY 6: SEATTLE WRITING WORKSHOP, SEATTLE, WA

Clelia Gore—Martin Literary Management
Mandy Hubbard—Emerald City Literary
Lindsay Mealing—Emerald City Literary
Carlie Webber—CK Webber Associates Literary Management
Thao Le—Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency
Amy Levenson—Blue Heron Literary
Paul S. Levine—Paul S. Levine Literary
Nephele Tempest—The Knight Agency
Eve Porinchak—Jill Corcoran Literary Agency
Adria Goetz—Martin Literary Management
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MAY 6-7: DFW WRITERS CONFERENCE, DALLAS, TX

Sharon PelletierDystel & Goderich Literary Management
Brent Taylor—Triada US Literary
Laura Zats—Red Sofa Literary
Michael Stearns—Upstart Crow Literary
Barbara Collins Rosenberg—The Rosenberg Group
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MAY 11-13: LDS STORYMAKERS, PROVO, UT

Sara Crowe—Pippen Properties
Elizabeth Harding—Curtis Brown Literary
Ammi-Joan Paquette—Erin Murphy Literary Agency
Nicole Resciniti—The Seymour Agency
Gordon Warnock—Fuse Literary

MAY 12-13: LAKEFLY WRITERS CONFERENCE, OSH KOSH, WI

TBA

MAY 19-21: PENWRITERS CONFERENCE, PITTSBURGH, PA

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MAY 20-21: WRITERS & ILLUSTRATORS WORKING CONFERENCE, AUSTIN, TX

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MAY 21 -25: BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAIN CHRISTIAN WRITING CONFERENCE, ASHEVILLE, NC

TBA

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

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

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JUNE 9-13: KACHEMAK BAY WRITERS’ CONFERENCE, HOMER, AK

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

TBA

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

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

TBA

JUNE TBA: SANTA BARBARA WRITERS CONFERENCE, SANTA BARBARA, CA

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

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

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

TBA

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

TBA

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

TBA

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

TBA

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

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

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

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SEPTEMBER 7-10: MYSTERY WRITERS CONFERENCE, CORTE MADERA, CA

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SEPTEMBER 21-23: INSCRIBE FALL CONFERENCE, TBA

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

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

Agents of the Andrea Brown Literary Agency
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NOVEMBER 3–4: C.D. WRIGHT WOMEN’S WRITERS CONFERENCE, CONWAY, AR

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

For Author: Kathleen Rushall

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

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

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