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

 

 

OCTOBER 19–22: FLORIDA WRITERS CONFERENCEALTAMONTE SPRINGS, FL

Alicia Clancy—St. Martins Press
Deb Haggerty—Elk Lane Publishing
Diana Pho—Tor Books

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

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

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

Emma Ledbetter—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

Emma Ledbetter—Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Ariel Richardson—Chronicle Books
Jill Santopolo—Philomel Books
Saho Fujii—Art Director, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

NOVEMBER 4: SCBWI-ILLINOIS PRARIE WRITERS & ILLUSTRATORS DAY, PALATINE, IL

Alex Arnold—Katherine Tegen Books
Kelly Delaney—Alfred A. Knopf BFYR
Caitlyn Dlouhy—Caitlyn Dlouhy Books
Hannah Ehrlich—Director of Marketing & Publicity, Lee & Low Books
Karen Kohn—Art Director, Ask Magazine
Tiffany Liao (off-site, critiques)—Henry Holt BFYR
Annie Nybo, (off-site, critiques)—Albert Whitman & Company
Kristin Rens (off-site, critiques)—Balzer + Bray

NOVEMBER 3-4: ATLANTA WRITERS CONFERENCE, ATLANTA, GA

Jennie Conway—St. Martin’s Press, Macmillan Publishers
Sylvan Creekmore—St. Martin’s Press, Macmillan Publishers
Whitney Ross—Tor/Forge/Starscape/Tor Teen

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

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EDITORS: 2018 Writers’ & Illustrators’ Conferences

JANUARY 12-14: SCBWI-FLORIDA REGIONAL CONFERENCE, MIAMI, FLNew!

Melissa Manlove—Chronicle Books

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FEBRUARY 2-4: SCBWI-INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE, NEW YORK, NY

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FEBRUARY 15-17: PUBWEST, PASADENA, CA

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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, FLNew!

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

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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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MARCH 10-11: SCBWI-SOUTHERN BREEZE WRITING AND ILLUSTRATING FOR KIDS CONFERENCE, HOOVER, ALNew!

Nicki Carmack—Creative Director, Peachtree Publishers

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MARCH 17-18: SCBWI-MARYLAND/DELAWARE/WEST VIRGINIA CONFERENCE, LINTHICUM HEIGHTS, MD

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APRIL 6-7: SCBWI-OKLAHOMA SPRING CONFERENCE , OKLAHOMA CITY, OK

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MAY 2-4: NONFICTION WRITERS CONFERENCE, ONLINE

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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

GILLY"S TREASURES by Julie Murphy, Illustrated by Jay Fontano

Cedar Fort 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