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

MAY 20-24: BLUERIDGE MOUNTIANS CHRISTIAN WRITERS CONFERENCE, ASHEVILLE, NC

Nancy Lohr—Acquisitions Editor, JourneyForth Books

JUNE 22-23: ARKANSAS SCBWI CONFERENCE, LITTLE ROCK, ARNew!

Sarah Jane Abbott—Assistant Editor, Paula Wiseman Books and Beach Lane Books, Simon & Schuster
Jessica Anderson—Assistant Editor, Christy Ottaviano Books, Henry Holt & Company/Macmillan Children’s Group

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

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 14-16: MIDSOUTH FALL CONFERENCE, FRANKLIN, TNNew!

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

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

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

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

Emma Ledbetter—Senior Editor, Atheneum/SimonKIDS 

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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