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.

Check out the images on the right to see the editors and/or publishers for that book. Clicking on the image will take you to a page for that book.

EDITORS: 2018 Writers’ & Illustrators’ Conferences

SEPTEMBER 22-23: AGENTS EDITORS WRITERS, BELGRADE, ME

Carter Hasegawa—Editor, Candlewick Press

SEPTEMBER 27-29: MARANTHA CHRISTIAN WRITERS CONFERENCE, MUSKEGON, MI

Eddie Jones—Founder, Lighthouse Publishing
Brian G. Phipps—Editor, Zondervan/HarperCollins
Courtney Lasater—Editor, Keys For Kids

SEPTEMBER 29-30: SCBWI-HOUSTON ANNUAL CONFERENCE, HOUSTON, TX

Alexandra Arnold—Editor, Katherine Tegan Books/HarperCollins 
Nancy Brennan—Art Director, Viking Children’s Books
Joanna Cardenas—Editor, Kolkila/Penguin Random House 
Elizabeth Law—Editor, Holiday House (E-CRITIQUE FACULTY)
Annie Nybo—Editor, Albert Whitman & Company (E-CRITIQUE FACULTY)
Kristin Daly Rens—Editor, Balzer & Bray/HarperCollins (E-CRITIQUE FACULTY)
Talia Benamy—Editor, Philomel/Penguin Random House (E-CRITIQUE FACULTY)

OCTOBER 18-21: FLORIDA WRITERS ASSOCIATION CONFERENCE, ORLANDO, FL

Samantha Zukergood—Acquisition Editor, St. Martin’s Press
Lawrence Knorr—Publisher, Sunbury Press Books

OCTOBER 19-20: MID-ATLANTIC FALL CONFERENCE, DULLES, VA

Elise Howard—Editor/ Publisher, Algonquin Young Readers
Racheal Stein—Editorial Associate, Clarion
Mekisha Telfer—Associate Editor, Roaring Brook Press/Macmillan

OCTOBER 25-28: RHYME REVOLUTION CONFERENCE, NEW HARMONY, IN

Emma Ledbetter—Senior Editor, Atheneum/SimonKIDS 

NOVEMBER 9-10: SCBWI MIDDLE OF THE MAP CONFERENCE, OVERLAND PARK, KS

Susan Chang—Editor, Tor Books 
Annie Nybo—Editor, Albert Whitman & Company
Jasmin Rubero—Art Director, Penguin Random House

NOVEMBER 9-11: KAUAI WRITERS CONFERENCE, LIHUE, KAUAI, HI

Bronwen Hruska—Publisher, SOHO Press


A CHIP OFF THE OLD BLOCK

Nancy Paulsen, Nancy Paulsen Books

This is NOT a Dragon Party

Meredith Mundy, Sterling Children’s

Diva Delores and the Opera House Mouse

Sterling Children’s Books