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: 2018 Writers’ & Illustrators’ Conferences

JULY 19-21: REALM MAKERS SPECULATIVE FICTION WRITERS CONFERENCE, ST LOUIS, MO

Jesse Doogan—Editor, Tyndale Publishing
Diana Pho—Editor, Tor Books
Lisa Mangum—Editor, Shadow Mountain Publishing

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

Andrea Davis Pinkney—Vice President/Executive Editor, Scholastic Books
Laura Godwin—Vice President/Publisher, Godwin Books/Macmillan
Naomi Kirsten—Senior Editor, Chronicle Books
Elizabeth Law—Editor, Holiday House
Amanda Maciel—Executive Editor, Scholastic
Krista Marino—Senior Executive Editor, Delacorte Press/Random House Children’s Books
Sangeeta Mehta—Independent Editor
Sara Sargent—Executive Editor, HarperCollins Children’s Books
Francesco Sedita —President/Publisher, Penguin Workshop/Penguin Young Readers
Namrata Tripathi—Vice President/Publisher, Kokila/Penguin Young Readers 
Andrea Welch—Executive Editor, Beach Lane Books/Simon & Schuster
Arthur Levine—Arthur A. Levine Books/Scholastic
Laurent Linn—Art Director, Simon & Schuster BFYR
Lily Malcom—Vice President/Executive Art Ddirector, Dial BFYR/Penguin Random House
Lauren Rille—Art Director, Simon & Schuster
Cecilia Yung—Executive Art Directo/Vice President, G. P. Putnam’s Sons/Nancy Paulsen Books/Penguin BFYR

SEPTEMBER 6-9: RWA COLORADO GOLD CONFERENCE, DENVER, CO

Bess Cozby—Editor, Tor/Forge Books
Elayne Becker—Associate Editor, Forge Books/Tor Teen/Starscape

SEPTEMBER 13-15: HAMPTON ROADS WRITERS CONFERENCE, VIRGINIA BEACH, VA

L. Diane Wolfe—Senior Editor, Dancing Lemur Press

SEPTEMBER 13-16: PNWA CONFERENCE, SEATTLE, WA

Sylvan Creekmore—Editor, Crooked Lane Books
Alicia ClancyAssistant Editor at St. Martin’s Press

SEPTEMBER 14-15: SCBWI NORTHERN OHIO REGIONAL CONFERENCE, ELYRIA, OH

Stephanie Pitts—Editor, G.P. Putnam’s Sons, Penguin Young Readers Group
Kirk Benshoff—Art Director, Scholastic Inc.
Kat Brzozowski—Editor, Swoon Reads/Feiwel and Friends, Macmillan

SEPTEMBER 14-16: MIDSOUTH FALL CONFERENCE, FRANKLIN, TN

Patti Ann Harris—Creative Director, Orchard Books/Cartwheel Books, Scholastic
Carter Hasegawa—Associate Editor, Candlewick Press
Cheryl Klein—Editorial Director, Lee & Low Books
Bess Cozby—Editor, Tor/Forge Books

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

TBA

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

THE VIKING'S CHOSEN

Rebecca Gober, Clean Teen

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

Caroline Abbey, Bloomsbury

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

Reka Simonsen, Atheneum

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