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.

Subscribe to Updates!

To make it easier for you to keep up with these events, I’ve added a Subscribe to Updates feature on my sidebars. Usually, these updates will go out on Tuesdays. I welcome updates and corrections! Please send me a note through my Contact page. Follow my tweets for more writing workshop info.

Hover over 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 at 2016 Writers’ & Illustrators’ Conferences

 

MAY 7: HOW TO CRAFT THE PERFECT PICTURE BOOK, THOUSAND OAKS, CA
Kristine Brogno—Art Director, Chronicle Books

MAY 13-15: BIG SUR ON CAPE COD, NORTH FALMOUTH, MATOUGH COOKIE by Kate Louise, Illustrated by Grace Sandford; Published by Sky Pony Press
Nicole Raymond—Editor, Candlewick Press
Christine Krones—Editor, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Yolanda Scott—Editor, Charlesbridge Publishing

MAY 14-15: AUTHORS’ AND ILLUSTRATORS’ WORKING CONFERENCE, AUSTIN, TX
Claudia GabelSenior Executive Editor, Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollinsOCTOPUSES ONE TO TEN by Ellen Jackson; Illustrated by Robin PAge, Published by Beach LAne Books
Stephanie PittsAssistant Editor, Schwartz & Wade Books/Penguin Random House
Kristen NoblesArt Director, Candlewick Press

MAY 21-22: SCBWI OREGON SPRING CONFERENCE, WILSONVILLE, OR
Kelly Delaney—Editor, Knopf Books for Young Readers, Random House
Katherine Harrison—Associate Editor, Knopf Books for Young Readers, Random HousePIGLOO by Anne Marie Pace, Illustrated by Lorna Hussey; Published by Heny Holt
Sylvie Frank—‎Editor, Paula Wiseman Books, Simon & Schuster
Martha Rago<—Art Director

MAY 25-27: SCBWI-SINGAPORE WRITERS AND ILLUSTRATORS CONFERENCE, SINGAPORE
Daphne Lee—Editor, Scholastic Malaysia
Sarah Odedina—Oneworld PublicationsOur Moon: New Discoveries About Earth's Closest Companion by Elaine Scott, Published by Clarion
Kajiya, Bunsho—Shogakukan Asia

MAY 27: PICTURE THIS-ILLUSTRATING A STORY, OAKLAND, CA
Jim Hover—Art Director, Viking Children’s Books, Penguin Random House

JUNE 4: CHILDREN’S WRITERS OF THE HUDSON VALLEY CONFERENCE, POUGHKEEPSIE, NY
Sylvie Frank—Editor, Paula Wiseman Books
Kelsey Horton—Editor, HarpercollinsORPHAN ARMY: NIGHT SIDERS by Jonathan Maberry; Editor: David Gale, Simon & SChuster
Emma Ledbetter—Associate Editor, Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Matt Ringler—Senior Editor, Scholastic

JUNE 8-11: WRITE TO PUBLISH, NILES, IL
Jesse Florea—Editor,Clubhouse Magazine, Focus on the Family

JUNE 9: SCBWI-MIDATLANTIC AUTHORS WORKSHOP, ROANOKE, VA
Kelsey Murphy—Assistant Editor at HarperCollins Children’s Books, Balzer + Bray

JUNE 10-11: SCBWI FLORIDA MID-SUMMER WORKSHOPS, DISNEY WORLD, ORLANDO, FL New!SKY PIG by Jan Coates, Sky Pig Buy This Book Sky Pig By Jan L. Coates Illustrated by Suzanne Del Rizzo, Published by PAjama Press
Laurent Linn—Art Director, Simon & Schuster BFYR
Meredith Mundy—Executive Editor, Sterling Children’s Books
Lorin Oberweger—Independent Editor
Anne Pollert-Morgan—Editorial Manager, Sourcebooks Fire

JUNE 10-11: SCBWI DAKOTAS: THE BUSINESS OF WRITING & ILLUSTRATING FOR CHILDREN, SIOUX FALLS, SDNew!
Julie Gassman—Managing Editor, Capstone
Rebecca Glaser—Associate Publisher, Amicus Publishing
Nathan Gassman—Creative Director, Capstone

JUNE 10-12: ADVANCED WRITERS’ RETREAT, CONCEPTION, MOVOICES OF THE WESTERN FRONTIER by Sherry Garland, illustrated by Julie Dupré Buckner, Published by Pelican Publishing
Taylor Norman—Associate Editor, Chronicle Books

JUNE 10-12: 21ST CENTURY NONFICTION CHILDREN’S CONFERENCE, NEW ROCHELLE, NY
Johanna Arnone—Editor, Muse Magazine
Michelle Bisson—Senior Managing Editor, Capstone
Domenica DiPiazza—Editorial Director, Lerner
Alyssa Pusey—Senior Editor, CharlesbridgeCLAYTON STONE, AT YOUR SERVICE by Ena Jones; Publisher: Holiday House
More TBA

JUNE 13-17: WRITING AND ILLUSTRATING FOR YOUNG READERS, SALT LAKE CITY, UT
Rotem Moscovich—Senior Editor, Disney-Hyperion
Lisa Mangum—Managing Editor, Shadow Mountain Publishing
Heidi Taylor—Publishing Manager, Shadow Mountain, Deseret Book

THE CHARMED CHILDREN OF ROOKSKILL CASTLE by Janet Fox; Literary Agent:: Erin Murphy of Erin Murphy Literary Agency

JULY 17-23: WOW RETREAT 2016, HELEN, GA
Kathy LAndwehr—Editor, Peachtree Publishing/Author
Sylvie Frank—Editor, Paula Wiseman Books is an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing
Kelly Barrales-Saylor—Editor, Albert Whitman & Company

JULY 21-23: MIDWEST WRITERS WORKSHOP, MUNCIE, IN
Liz Pelletier—Chief Executive Officer/Publisher of Entangled

JULY 28-31: PNWA: TODAY WE WRITE, SEATTLE, WA
Kisa Whipkey—Acquisitions & Editorial Director, REUTS Publications

JULY 29-AUGUST 1: SCBWI INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE, LOS ANGELES, CAPOPPY MAYBERRY: THE MONDAY by Jennie K. Brown; Published by Tantrum BooksNew!
SCBWI executive staff and Advisors are included in this list
Stephen Mooser—President of the SCBWI
Lin Oliver—Executive Director of SCBWI
Bonnie Bader—Publishing Advisor, SCBWI
Deborah Halverson—Independent Editor/Editorial Advice @ DearEditor.com
Emma D. Dryden—Independent Editor, Dryden Books/SCBWI Advisor
Harold Underdown—Independent Editor, Industry News @ The Purple Crayon
Kat Brzozowski—Editor, Thomas Dunne Books, St. Martin’s PressTHIS IS OUR BABY BORN TODAY by Varsha Bajaj; Illustrated by Eliza Wheeler; Published by Nancy Paulsen Books, Penguin Random House
Neal Porter—Publisher, Neal Porter Books, Roaring Brook Press
Justin Chanda—Vice President & Publisher, Simon & Schuster
Lauren Rille—Associate Art Director, Simon & Schuster
Allyn Johnston—VP & Publisher, Beach Lane Books, Simon & Schuster
Andrea Welch—Senior Editor, Beach Lane Books, Simon & Schuster
Laurent Linn—Art Director for Simon & Schuster BFYR
Saho Fuji—Art Director, Little, Brown BFYRWHAT'S THAT SMELL,by Lauren McLaughlin; illustrated by Debbie Ohi; edited by Maria Modugno at Random House Children's
Alvina Ling—VP/Editor-in-Chief, Little, Brown BFYR
Susan Rich—Editor-at-Large, Little, Brown BFYR
Arthur A. Levine—Publisher, Arthur A. Levine Books, Scholastic 
Matt Ringler—Senior Editor, Scholastic
Sara Sargent—Executive Editor, HarperCollins Children’s Books
Reka Simonsen—Executive Editor, Atheneum BFYR PAPER & FIRE by Rachel Caine; Published by Berkley Publishing Group, NAL
Krista Marino—Executive Editor, Delacorte Press, Random House Children’s Books
Cecilia Yung—Art Director & Vice President, Penguin BFYR
Stacey Barney—Senior Editor, Penguin/Putnam BFYR

AUGUST 12-14: WILLAMETTE WRITERS CONFERENCE, PORTLAND, OR
Alex ArnoldAssociate Editor, Katherine Tegen Books, HarperCollins
Ben Gorman—Publisher, Not a Pipe Publishing
Kisa WhipkeyEditor, REUTS Publications

SEPTEMBER 4-7: SCBWI AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND CONFERENCE, SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA BE A FRIEND by Salina Yoon; Publisher: Bloomsbury
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 SPIT & STICKS by Marilyn Grohoske Evans / Illustrated by: Nicole Gsell / Published by Charlesbridge
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, AZTUNNEL VISION by Susan Adrian; Editor: Brendan Deneen at St. Martin's
Lisa Mangum—Editor, Shadow Mountain

SEPTEMBER 16-19: SCBWI MID-SOUTH CONFERENCE, FRANKLIN, TN
TBA

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 PublishersA BEAR'S YEAR by Kathy Duval; Illustrated by Gerry Turley; Edited by Lee Wade; Schwartz & Wade, Random House

SEPTEMBER 30-OCTOBER 2: 24TH ANNUAL SCBWI CAROLINAS FALL CONFERENCE,  CHARLOTTE, NC
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 CrayonSEALED WITH A SECRET by Lisa Schroeder; Editor: Amanda Maciel at Scholastic
Giuseppe Castellano—Art Director,The Penguin Group

SEPTEMBER 30, OCTOBER 1-2: WRITE ON THE SOUND WRITERS’ CONFERENCE, EDMOND, WA
TBA: End of April

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

OCTOBER 20-23: SURREY INTERNATIONAL WRITERS’ CONFERENCE, SURREY, BC, CANADANew!SOPHIE'S SQUASH GOES TO SCHOOL by Pat Zietlow Miller; Illustrated by Anne Wilsdorf; Editor: Anne Schwartz at Schwartz & Wade, Random House
Andrew Wooldridge—Publisher and owner of Orca Book Publishers

OCTOBER 21-22: SCBWI MID ATLANTIC FALL CONFERENCE, STERLING, VA
TBA

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
TBA

NOVEMBER 4-5: SCBWI-KANSAS FALL CONFERENCE, OVERLAND PARK, KS
TBA