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
JANUARY 12-14: SCBWI-FLORIDA REGIONAL CONFERENCE, MIAMI, FL
Melissa Manlove—Chronicle Books
FEBRUARY 2-4: SCBWI-INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE, NEW YORK, NY
FEBRUARY 15-17: PUBWEST, PASADENA, CA
FEBRUARY 15-18: SAN FRANCISCO WRITING CONFERENCE, SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Weslie Turner—Arthur A. Levine Books, Scholastic
FEBRUARY 21-25: FLORIDA CHRISTIAN WRITERS CONFERENCE, LEESBURG, FL
Jesse Florea—Focus on the Family
Deb Haggerty—Elk Lake Publishing
Courtney Lasater—Keys for Kids Ministries
FEBRUARY TBA: SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA WRITERS CONFERENCE, SAN DIEGO, CA
MARCH 3: ILLUSTRATION CONFERENCE, SALT LAKE CITY, UT
Richard Erickson—Art Director, Deseret Book/Shadow Mountain Publishing
MARCH 9-11: SCBWI GOLDEN GATE CONFERENCE, PACIFIC GROVE, CA
Kendra Levin—Viking Children’s Books, Penguin Random House
Neal Porter—Holiday House
Marissa Moss—Creston Books
WINTER TBA: WRITERS IN PARADISE CONFERENCE, ST PETERSBURG, FL
WINTER TBA: SLEUTHFEST, BOCA RATON, FL
MARCH 10-11: SCBWI-SOUTHERN BREEZE WRITING AND ILLUSTRATING FOR KIDS CONFERENCE, HOOVER, AL
Nicki Carmack—Creative Director, Peachtree Publishers
Justin Krasner—Workman Publishing
Deb Slier—Star Bright Books
MARCH 17-18: SCBWI-MARYLAND/DELAWARE/WEST VIRGINIA CONFERENCE, LINTHICUM HEIGHTS, MD
APRIL 6-7: SCBWI-OKLAHOMA SPRING CONFERENCE , OKLAHOMA CITY, OK
MAY 2-4: NONFICTION WRITERS CONFERENCE, ONLINE