This list of writing conferences features art directors and editors who are acquiring picture books, middle grade, and young adult books. It 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: 2017 Writers’ & Illustrators’ Conferences

APRIL 28-30: DIVERSE INPIRATIONS: CONNECTING THE DOTS

Christine Klocek-Lim—Editor, Evernight Publishing

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

Daniel Nayeri—Editor, Workman Publishing Company

MAY 5-6: OKLAHOMA WRITERS FEDERATION CONFERENCE, OKLAHOMA CITY, OK

Bess Cozby—Editor, Tor/Forge, Macmillan

MAY 11-13: LDS STORYMAKERS, PROVO, UT

Michelle Frey—Executive Editor, Knopf BFYR
Liz Alley—Product Manager, Deseret Book
Heidi Taylor—Publishing Manager, Deseret Book/Shadow Mountain
Heather Rubert—Editor, Future House Publishing
Helena Steinacker—Editor, Future House Publishing

MAY 12-13: ATLANTA WRITERS CONFERENCE, ATLANTA, GA

Laura Apperson—Assistant Editor, St. Martin’s Press at Macmillan Publishers
Diana Pho—Editor, Tor Books
Amy Stapp—Editor, Forge and Tor Teen, Macmillan Publishers

MAY 12-15: SCBWI EUROPOLITAN CONFERENCE, BRUSSELS, BELGIUM

Natalie Doherty—Commissioning Editor, Penguin Random House
Kendra Levin—Executive Editor at Viking Children’s Books, an imprint of Penguin Random   House
Stephanie Amster—Creative Director of Children’s and Educational Books, Bloomsbury
Laurent Linn—Art Director, Simon & Schuster BFYR

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

Kendra Levin—Executive Editor, Penguin Random House
Melissa Manlove—Senior Editor, Chronicle Books
Guiseppe Castellano—Executive Art Director, Penguin Random House

MAY 26-28: THE ART OF STORY, MONTREAL QUEBEC, CANADA

Melissa Manlike—Senior Editor, Chronicle Books
Wendy Loggia—Senior Executive Editor, Delacorte Press
Giuseppe Castellano—Executive Art Director, Penguin Random House

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

Sarah Jane Abbott—Assistant Editor, Simon & Schuster
Lionel Bender—Editorial Director/Co-Founder, Bender Richardson White
David DeWitt—Art Director, Little Bee Books
Emily Feinberg—Editor, Roaring Book Press, Macmillan
Samantha Gentry—Assistant Editor, Crown BFYR, Random House Children’s Books, PRH
Celia Lee—Editor, Scholastic’s illustrated list: Cartwheel, Little Shepherd, Orchard, Scholastic Press, Branches
Wendy Loggia—Senior Executive Editor, Delacorte Press, Random House Children’s Books
Maria Middleton—MG Art Director, Random House Children’s Books.
Katherine Perkins—Associate Editor, Putnam, Penguin Young Readers, RHP
Rachel Stark—Assistant Editor, Sky Pony Press
Traci Todd—Executive Editor, Appleseed, Abrams Books

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

Sarah Jane Abbott—Assistant Editor, Paula Wiseman Books/Beach Lane Books, Simon & Schuster
Brett Duquette—Associate Editor, Sterling Publishing
Harold Underdown—Independent Editor

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

Emily Feinberg—Editor, Roaring Brook Press
Emma D. Dryden—Consulting Editor, drydenbks

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

Kait Feldmann—Associate Editor, Arthur A. Levine Books, Scholastic
Nick Thomas—Editor, Arthur A. Levine Books, Scholastic

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

Martin Biro—Editor, Kensington Press
Bess Cosby—Editor, Tor/Forge, Macmillan

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

Miralee Ferrel—Editor, Mountain Brook Ink
Renae Green—Editor, Armonia Publishing

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

Arthur A. Levine—Publisher, Arthur A. Levine Books, Scholastic
Kait Feldmann—Associate Editor, Arthur A. Levine Books, Scholastic Twitter @kaitfeldmann
Nick Thomas—Editor, Arthur A. Levine Books/Scholastic
Weslie Turner—Assistant Editor, Arthur A. Levine Books, Scholastic
Emma D. Dryden—Independent Editor, drydenbks
Zareen Jaffery—S&S Books for Young Readers
Allyn Johnston—VP & Publisher, Beach Lane Books, Simon & Schuster
Kendra Levin—Executive Editor, Viking Children’s Books, Penguin Random House
Arianne Lewin—Executive Editor, G. P. Putnam’s Sons, Penguin Random House
Sara Sargent—Executive Editor, HarperCollins Children’s Books
Nancy Paulsen—President/Publisher, Nancy Paulsen Books, Penguin Young Readers
Laurent Linn—Art Director, Simon & Schuster BFYR
Cecilia Yung—Executive Art Director/Vice President, Penguin BFYR

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

Donna J. Essner—Acquisitions Editor/Partner, Amphorae Publishing Group

JULY 16-21: MONTROSE CHRISTIAN WRITERS CONFERENCE, MONTROSE, PA

Vie Herlocker—Editor, Sonfire Media

AUGUST 24-27: KILLER NASHVILLE, FRANKLIN, TN

Misty Williams—Publisher,Fiery Seas Publishing

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

Cynthia Platt—Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

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

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

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

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

Stacey Barney—Senior Editor, Penguin/Putnam BFYR

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

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

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

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

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

Jill Santopolo—Editor, Philomel
John Sanford—Art Director, Cricket Media

OCTOBER 21: SCBWI-SAN FRANCISCO/NORTH BAY OKTOBERFEST FALL CONFERENCE, OAKLND, CA

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

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

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

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NOVEMBER 3-5: NORTH CAROLINA WRITERS NETWORK FALL CONFERENCE, WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC

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EDITORS: 2018 Writers’ & Illustrators’ Conferences

 

WINTER TBA: SCBWI INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE, NEW YORK, NY

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

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WINTER TBA: SLEUTHFEST, BOCA RATON, FL

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FEBRUARY 15-17: PUBWEST, PASADENA, CA

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

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

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FULL MOON LORE illustrated by Ashley Stewart; written by Ellen Wahi; publiished by Sleeping Bear Press

Sleeping Bear Press

GRACE HOPPER: QUEEN OF COMPUTER CODE by Laurie Walker

Sterling Children’s Books

CALL ME SUNFLOWER by Miriam Spitzer Franklin

Sky Pony Press

A RAMBLER STEASL HOME by Carter Higgins

Jeannette Larson, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children’s

TEN EASTER EGGS by Vijaya Bodach; Illustrated by Laura Logan; Publisher: Cartwheel Books/Scholastic

Scholastic

BJORN'S GIFT

Crispin Books, Crickhollow Books

GILLY"S TREASURES by Julie Murphy, Illustrated by Jay Fontano

Cedar Fort Publishing

THE DANGEROUS LEGACY by Darren Simon, Published by Tell-Tale Publishing

Cindy Vallar; Tell-Tale Publishing

BUSY BUILDERS, BUSY WEEK by Jean Reidy, Illustrated by Leo Timmers

Caroline Abbey, Bloomsbury

MISSION TO PLUTO: The First Visit to an Ice Dwarf and the Kuiper Belt

Erica Zappy, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children’s

OCTOPUSES ONE TO TEN

Beach Lane Books/Simon & Schuster

TREASURE AT LURE LAKE by Sahri Schwartz

Cedar Fort Publishing

THE MANY REFLECTIONS OF MISS JANE DEMMING by J. Anderson Coates

Reka Simonsen, Atheneum

ACHOO! WHY POLLLEN COUNTS by Shennen Bersani

Arbordale Publishing