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.

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Editors at 2016 Writers’ & Illustrators’ Conferences

 

SEPTEMBER 30-OCTOBER 2: 24TH ANNUAL SCBWI CAROLINAS FALL CONFERENCE,  CHARLOTTE, NC
Jill Davis—Executive Editor, Katherine Tegan BooksTHE TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS IN KENTUCKY by Evelyn Christensen
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 Crayon
Giuseppe Castellano—Art Director,The Penguin Group

OCTOBER 6-8: OZARK CREATIVE WRITERS CONFERENCE, EUREKA SPRINGS, AR
Donna Essner—Treehouse Publishing Group
Tiffany Schofield—Five Star Publishing/Gale Cengage LearningOCTOPUSES ONE TO TEN by Ellen Jackson; Illustrated by Robin PAge, Published by Beach LAne Books

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

OCTOBER 7-9: EXPLORE YOUR STORYBOOK WORLD, DES MOINES, IA
Jim Hoover—Associate Art Director, Viking Children’s Books
Karl Jones—Associate Editor, Penguin Young Readers Group
Kathleen Merz—Acquisitions & Managing Editor, Eerdmans Books for Young Readers

OCTOBER 15: SET YOUR CRAFT A-SALE, THOUSAND OAKS, CAA BEAR'S YEAR by Kathy Duval; Illustrated by Gerry Turley; Edited by Lee Wade; Schwartz & Wade, Random House
Julie Bliven—Non-Fiction Editor, Charlesbridge
Stephanie Pitts—Assistant Editor, Schwartz & Wade Books, Random House Children’s Books
Alexandra Arnold—Associate Editor, Katherine Tegan Books, HarperCollins  

OCTOBER 20-23: SURREY INTERNATIONAL WRITERS’ CONFERENCE, SURREY, BC, CANADA
Andrew Wooldridge—Publisher and owner of Orca Book Publishers

OCTOBER 21-22: SCBWI MID ATLANTIC FALL CONFERENCE, STERLING, VASEALED WITH A SECRET by Lisa Schroeder; Editor: Amanda Maciel at Scholastic
Wendy Lamb—VP/Publisher Wendy Lamb Books, Penguin Random House
Adrienne Szpyrka—Associate Editor, Running Press Kids 
Christina Pulles—Senior Editor, Sterling
Nancy Brennan—Art Director, Viking

OCTOBER 21-23: (PDF) SCBWI WISCONSIN FALL CONFERENCE, GREEN LAKE, WI
Lauren Rille—Art Director, Simon & Schuster
Beth Terrill—Editor, North-South Books
Kelsey Murphy—Editor, HarperCollins
Bonnie Bader—Editor, Grosset & Dunlap/Penguin
Phillip Martin—Editor, Crickhollow
Mary Ann Rivers—Publisher, Brain Mill Press
Ruthie Knox—Publisher, Brain Mill Press ORPHAN ARMY: NIGHT SIDERS by Jonathan Maberry; Editor: David Gale, Simon & SChuster

OCTOBER 22: SCBWI-HOUSTON CONFERENCE: SURRENDER TO THE STORY, 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
Patrick Collins—Creative Director, Henry Holt Books for Young Readers 
Andrew Karre—Executive Editor, Dutton Books for Young Readers
Harold Underdown—Independent Editor, Founder The Purple Crayon

OCTOBER 29: ROBUST REVISIONS, HYDE PARK, NY
Emma Dryden—Former Vice President/Publisher, Atheneum Books for Young  SHUFFLE, REPEAT by Jen Klein, Editors: Michelle Nagler, Chelsea Eberly, Publisher: Random House Children's Readers and Margaret K. McElderry Books

NOVEMBER 4-5: SCBWI-KANSAS FALL CONFERENCE, OVERLAND PARK, KS
Kelsey Murphy—Balzer + Bray, HarperCollins
Sylvie Frank—Editor, Paula Wiseman, Simon & Schuster
Chad Beckerman—Creative Director, Abrams

NOVEMBER 4-5: WRITE IN THE HARBOR, GIG HARBOR, WA
Samantha McMahon—Acquiring Editor, SoulMate Publishing

NOVEMBER 5: PRAIRIE WRITERS AND ILLUSTRATORS DAY, PALATINE, IL  SOPHIE'S SQUASH GOES TO SCHOOL by Pat Zietlow Miller; Illustrated by Anne Wilsdorf; Editor: Anne Schwartz at Schwartz & Wade, Random House
Giuseppe Castellano—Executive Art Director, Penguin Random House
Jordan Kost—Creative Director, Albert Whitman & Company
Nikki Garcia—Assistant Editor, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Kendra Levin—Senior Editor, Viking Children’s Books, Penguin Random House
Viana Siniscalchi—Associate Editor, Balzer + Bray , HarperCollins Children’s Books

NOVEMBER 11-12: SCBWI-NEW MEXICO HANDSPRINGS, ALBUQUERQUE, NM
Wendy McClure—Editor, Albert Whitman
Victoria Rock—Children’s Publishing Director, Chronicle Books

NOVEMBER 11-12: 2016 WESTERN PA SCBWI FALL CONFERENCE, PITTSBURG, PATHIS IS OUR BABY BORN TODAY by Varsha Bajaj; Illustrated by Eliza Wheeler; Published by Nancy Paulsen Books, Penguin Random House
Jasmin Rubero—Assistant Art Director, Dial Books for Young Readers
Brett DuquetteSenior Editor, Sterling Publishing
Mary ColganSenior Editor, Boyds Mills Press
Rebecca Weston—Associate Editor, Random House Children’s Books
Jennifer Ung—Associate Editor, Simon Pulse, Simon & Schuster Children’s Books

NOVEMBER 12: NESCBWI EDITOR/AGENT DAY, TBA
Lana Popovic—Chalberg & Sussman AgencyTHE DANGEROUS LEGACY by Darren Simon, Published by Tell-Tale Publishing
Jenny Bak—Editor, JIMMY Patterson, Little Brown
Julie Bliven—Editor, Charlesbridge
Karen Boss—Editor, Charlesbridge
Melissa Kim—Editor, Islandport Press

NOVEMBER 12-13: FALL CRAFT WEEKEND, PRINCETON, NJ
Carolyn Bull—Art Designer, Hachette Book Group, Little Brown
Dana Chidiac—Assistant Editor, Dial BFYR, Penguin
Kristin Daly Rens—Executive Editor, Balzer & Bray, Harper Collins 
Alexa Pastor—Assistant Editor, Simon and Schuster BFYR
Jessica Tice-Gilbert—Senior Art and Novelty Designer, Cartwheel, Scholastic

NOVEMBER 18-20 SCBWI BRITISH ISLES CRACKIN’ CHARACTERS CONFERENCE, WINCHESTER, HAMPSHIRE
David McDougall—Senior Art Director, Walker BooksPIGLOO by Anne Marie Pace, Illustrated by Lorna Hussey; Published by Heny Holt
Polly Whybrow—Editor, Illustrated Publishing at Bloomsbury
Louise Bolongaro—Publisher/Head of Picture Books, Nosy Crow

Editors at 2017 Writers’ & Illustrators’ Conferences

JANUARY 21: SCBWI PROFESSIONAL SERIES, WHITE PLAINS, NY
Alison Weiss—Editor, Sky Pony Press

MARCH 10-11: SPRINGMINGLE & ILLUSTRATORS’ DAY, DECATUR, GA
Louise May—Lee and Low Books/BeBop Books, President/Editorial Director
SCBWI-Southern Breeze (AL, GA, and the FL panhandle)

MARCH 18-19: FROM DREAMING TO DOING, BUCKEYSTOWN, MD
TBA

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

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