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

 

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 11–15: THRILLERFEST, NEW YORK, NY

Ali FisherEditor, Tor Teen and Starscape

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

JULY 20-23: PNWA CONFERENCE  , SEATTLE, WA

Laura Apperson—Editor, St. Martin’s Press
Diana Carlile—Editor, Wild Rose Press
Lisa Dawn—Editor, Wild Rose Press
John Raab—Editor, Suspense Publications
Shannon Raab—Editor, Suspense Publications

AUGUST 24-27: KILLER NASHVILLE, FRANKLIN, TN

Misty Williams—Publisher,Fiery Seas Publishing

AUGUST 25-27: RED HOT CAROLINAS CONFERENCE, CHARLOTTE, NC

Carter Hasagawa—Candlewick Press
Aubrey Poole—Jimmy Patterson Books/Hachette Book Group
Alison Weiss—Sky Pony Press
Laurent Linn—Art Director, Simon & Schuster BFYR

SEPTEMBER 8-10: ROCKY MOUNTAIN COLORADO GOLD CONFERENCE, DENVER, CO

Stacy AbramsEditorial Director, Entangled TEEN, Entangled Publishing
Alicia ClancyAssistant Editor, St. Martin’s Press

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

Stephanie Pitts—Editor, GP Putnam’s Sons Publishing

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

Andrew Karre—Executive Editor, Dutton BFYR, Penguin Random House 
Natalia Remis—Assistant Editor, Scholastic Press/Blue Sky Press, Scholastic Inc

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

Patrice Caldwell—Editor, Scholastic
Alison Weiss—Editor,Sky Pony Press
Saho Fujii—Art Director from Little, Brown Books
Kate Thompson—Editor in Chief, Wisconsin Historical Society

SEPTEMBER 22-23: SCBWI ARIZONA REGIONAL CONFERENCE, AZ

Naomi Kristen—Sr. Editor, Chronicle Books
Kat Brzozowski—Editor, Swoon Reads/Feiwel & Friends
Russel Busse—Associate Editor, Little Brown Books for Young Readers
Chad Beckerman—Creative Director, Amulet Books/Abrams BFYR/ComicArt, Abrams Publishing

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

Stacey Barney—Senior Editor, Penguin/Putnam BFYR

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

Mary Lee Donovan—Editorial Director/Director of Editorial Operations, Candlewick Press
Yolanda LeRoy—Editor, Charlesbridge Publishing

SEPTEMBER 28-30: MARANATHA CHRISTIAN WRITERS CONFERENCE, MUSKEGON, MI

Eddie Jones—Acquisitions Editor, Lighthouse Publishing
Courtney Lasater—Editor, Keys for Kids Ministries
Jillian Manning—Custom Editor, Zondervan/Zonderkidz/Blink/HarperCollins

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

Katie Carella—Senior Editor, Scholastic Inc.
Robyn Chapman—Associate Editor, First Second, Macmillan
Christina Pulles—Editor. Sterling Children’s Books
Hayley Wagreich—Associate Editor, Alloy Entertainment
Laurent Linn—Art Director, Simon & Schuster BFYR
Irene Vandervoort—Art Director, Sterling Children’s Books

OCTOBER 6-8: SCBWI-HOUSTON FALL CONFERENCE, HOUSTON, TXNew!

Dierdre Jones—Editor, Little Brown Books for Young Readers
Anna Roberto—Editor, McMillan/Feiwel & Friends
Martha Rago—Executive Creative Director, Random House for Young Readers
Karl Jones—Associate Editor, Penguin Young Readers Group (E-critique)

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

Matt Ringler—Editor, Scholastic Books
Emily Feinberg—Editor, Roaring Brook Press 

OCTOBER 13-14: PUT YOUR HEART IN A BOOK CONFERENCE, ISELIN, NJ

Elayne Becker—Junior Associate Editor, Tor/Forge Books, Tor Teen, & Starscape
Jennie Conway—Editorial Assistant, Macmillan/St. Martin’s Press

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

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

OCTOBER 19–22: FLORIDA WRITERS CONFERENCEALTAMONTE SPRINGS, FL

Alicia Clancy—Assistant Editor, St. Martins Press
Deb Haggerty—Publisher and Acquisition Editor, Elk Lane Publishing
Diana Pho—Acquisition Editor, Tor Books

OCTOBER 21: SCBWI OKTOBER FEST FALL REGIONAL CONFERENCE, OAKLAND, CA

Andrew Karre—Executive Editor, Dutton Books
Alvina Ling—Editor-in-chief, LIttle, Brown Books for Young Readers
Maria Middleton—Art Director, Random House
Traci Todd—Executive Editor, Abrams Appleseed

OCTOBER 25–28: THE RHYME REVOLUTION WEEKEND, NEW HARMONY, IN

Emma Ledbetter—Editor, Antheneum/Simon and Schuster

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

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OCTOBER 27-29: LA JOLLA WRITER’S CONFERENCE, LA JOLLA, CA

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

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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

A RAMBLER STEASL HOME by Carter Higgins

Jeannette Larson, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children’s

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

BLACK FLOWERS, WHITE LIES by Yvonne Ventresca; published by Sky Pony Press

Julie Matysik, Sky Pony Press

DEAR DRAGON by Josh Funk

Leila Sales, Viking Children’s

MONSTER TRUCKS by Anika Denise, illustrated by Nate Wragg

Nancy Intel, Harper Children’s