This list of art directors and editors who are acquiring picture books through young adult is intended to help those who are looking for opportunities to meet editors and hear in person what they would like to acquire and what they look for in a manuscript or portfolio. Many of these editors are from closed houses, but will accept manuscripts from conference attendees. Despite the title, these events are not all conferences; many are workshops or other events. Throughout the year, I will update this page as more organizations post their event information.

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Editors at 2016 Writers’ & Illustrators’ Conferences

AUGUST 27: 10th ANNUAL SF/SOUTH ILLUSTRATORS’ DAY,  SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Allyn Johnston—Publisher, Beach Lane Books, Simon & Schuster
Lauren Rille—Art Director, Simon & Schuster

SEPTEMBER 4-7: SCBWI AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND CONFERENCE, SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA WHAT'S THAT SMELL,by Lauren McLaughlin; illustrated by Debbie Ohi; edited by Maria Modugno at Random House Children's
Zoe Walton—Publisher, Random House Australia
Lisa Berryman—Associate Publisher, HarperCollins
Clare Hallifax—Managing Editor, Scholastic Australia
Sophie Masson—Publisher, Christmas Tree Press
Tara Weikum—Vice President, HarperCollins USA
Maryann Ballantyne—Publisher, Black Dog Books, Walker Books Australia THIS IS OUR BABY BORN TODAY by Varsha Bajaj; Illustrated by Eliza Wheeler; Published by Nancy Paulsen Books, Penguin Random House
Sue Whiting—Publishing Manager/ Walker Books Australia
Sharon Evans—Publisher, Big Sky

SEPTEMBER 9-11: ROCKY MOUNTAIN FICTION WRITERS CONFERENCE, DENVER, CO
Lizzie Poteet—Associate Editor, St. Martin’s Press
Amy Stapp—Editor, Tor/Forge & Tor Teen

SEPTEMBER 15-17: ANWA TIME OUT FOR WRITERS, TEMPE, AZBE A FRIEND by Salina Yoon; Publisher: Bloomsbury
Lisa Mangum—Editor, Shadow Mountain

SEPTEMBER 16-19: SCBWI MID-SOUTH CONFERENCE, FRANKLIN, TN
Katrina Damkoehler—Senior Designer, Random House Children’s Publishing
Allison Moore—Associate Editor, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Darcy Pattison—Independent EditorPIGLOO by Anne Marie Pace, Illustrated by Lorna Hussey; Published by Heny Holt
Jill Santopolo—Executive Editor, Philomel Books, Penguin Young Readers Group

SEPTEMBER 18-19: MAGIC OF 13 SCBWI-OHIO NORTH CONFERENCE, CLEVELAND, OH
Nikki Garcia—Assistant Editor, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Kendra Levin—Senior Editor, Viking’s Children’s Books/Penguin Young Readers Group
Loraine Joyner—Senior Art Director, Peachtree Publishers

SEPTEMBER 22-25: ALGONQUIN NEW YORK PITCH, NEW YORK, NYOur Moon: New Discoveries About Earth's Closest Companion by Elaine Scott, Published by Clarion
Kat Brzozowski— Editor, St. Martins Press/Macmillan
Elizabeth Poteet—Editor, St. Martins Press/Macmillan
Brendan Deneen—Editor, Thomas Dunne Books, St. Martin’s Press/Macmillan
Amy Stapp—Associate Editor, Tor Forge/Tor Teen
Michelle Vega—Editor, Berkley Publishing Group, Penguin Group

SEPTEMBER 30-OCTOBER 2: 24TH ANNUAL SCBWI CAROLINAS FALL CONFERENCE,  CHARLOTTE, NCTUNNEL VISION by Susan Adrian; Editor: Brendan Deneen at St. Martin's
Jill Davis—Executive Editor, Katherine Tegan Books
Stacey Friedberg—Editor, Dial Books for Young Readers
Alyson Heller—Editor, Simon & Schuster
Annie Nybo—Assistant Editor, Margaret K. McElderry Books
Harold Underdown—Freelance Editor/The Purple Crayon
Giuseppe Castellano—Art Director,The Penguin Group

OCTOBER 6-8: OZARK CREATIVE WRITERS CONFERENCE, EUREKA SPRINGS, ARNew!
Donna Essner—Treehouse Publishing GroupOCTOPUSES ONE TO TEN by Ellen Jackson; Illustrated by Robin PAge, Published by Beach LAne Books
Tiffany Schofield—Five Star Publishing/Gale Cengage Learning

OCTOBER 7-8: WIK ’16, HOOVER, AL
Sara Sargent—Editor,Harper Collins Publishing
Orli Zuravicky—Editor, Scholastic Books

OCTOBER 7-9: EXPLORE YOUR STORYBOOK WORLD, DES MOINES, IAA BEAR'S YEAR by Kathy Duval; Illustrated by Gerry Turley; Edited by Lee Wade; Schwartz & Wade, Random House
Jim Hoover—Associate Art Director, Viking Children’s Books
Karl Jones—Associate Editor, Penguin Young Readers Group
Kathleen Merz—Acquisitions & Managing Editor, Eerdmans Books for Young Readers

OCTOBER 15: SET YOUR CRAFT A-SALE, THOUSAND OAKS, CA
Julie Bliven—Non-Fiction Editor, Charlesbridge
Stephanie Pitts—Assistant Editor, Schwartz & Wade Books, Random House Children’s BooksSEALED WITH A SECRET by Lisa Schroeder; Editor: Amanda Maciel at Scholastic
Alexandra Arnold—Associate Editor, Katherine Tegan Books, HarperCollins  

OCTOBER 20-23: SURREY INTERNATIONAL WRITERS’ CONFERENCE, SURREY, BC, CANADA
Andrew Wooldridge—Publisher and owner of Orca Book Publishers

OCTOBER 21-22: SCBWI MID ATLANTIC FALL CONFERENCE, STERLING, VANew!
Wendy Lamb—VP/Publisher Wendy Lamb Books, Penguin Random House
Adrienne Szpyrka—Running Press Kids ORPHAN ARMY: NIGHT SIDERS by Jonathan Maberry; Editor: David Gale, Simon & SChuster
Christina Pulles—Sterling

OCTOBER 21-23: (PDF) SCBWI WISCONSIN FALL CONFERENCE, GREEN LAKE , WI
Lauren Rille—Art Director, Simon & Schuster
Beth Terrill—Editor, North-South books
Kelsey Murphy—Editor, HarperCollins
Bonnie Bader—Editor, Grosset & Dunlap/Penguin
Phillip Martin—Editor, Crickhollow
Mary Ann Rivers—Publisher, Brain Mill PressSHUFFLE, REPEAT by Jen Klein, Editors: Michelle Nagler, Chelsea Eberly, Publisher: Random House Children's
Ruthie Knox—Publisher, Brain Mill Press

OCTOBER 22: SCBWI-HOUSTON CRAFT & CRITIQUE CONFERENCE (TBA), HOUSTON, TX
Susan Dobinick—Associate Editor, Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Katherine Jacobs—Senior Editor, Roaring Brook Press/Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group
Maria Middleton—Associate Art Director, Abrams

OCTOBER 22-23: MN SCBWI CONFERENCE, ST.PAUL, MN
Patrick Collins—Creative Director, Henry Holt Books for Young Readers  SOPHIE'S SQUASH GOES TO SCHOOL by Pat Zietlow Miller; Illustrated by Anne Wilsdorf; Editor: Anne Schwartz at Schwartz & Wade, Random House
Andrew Karre—Executive Editor, Dutton Books for Young Readers
Harold Underdown—Independent Editor, Founder The Purple Crayon

NOVEMBER 4-5: SCBWI-KANSAS FALL CONFERENCE, OVERLAND PARK, KS
Kelsey Murphy—Balzer + Bray, HarperCollins
Sylvie Frank—Editor, Paula Wiseman, Simon & Schuster
Chad Beckerman—Creative Director, Abrams

NOVEMBER 11-12: SCBWI-NEW MEXICO HANDSPRINGS, ALBUQUERQUE, NMTHE DANGEROUS LEGACY by Darren Simon, Published by Tell-Tale Publishing
Wendy McClure—Editor, Albert Whitman
Victoria Rock—Children’s Publishing Director, Chronicle Books

Editors at 2017 Writers’ & Illustrators’ Conferences

MARCH 10-11: SPRINGMINGLE & ILLUSTRATORS’ DAY, DECATUR, GA
Louise May—Lee and Low Books/BeBop Books, President/Editorial Director
SCBWI-Southern Breeze (AL, GA, and the FL panhandle)

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

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