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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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Hover over the images on the right to see the editors and/or publishers for that book. Clicking on the image will take you to a page for that book.

Editors at 2016 Writers’ & Illustrators’ Conferences


FEBRUARY 11-14: SAN FRANCISCO WRITERS CONFERENCE, SAN FRANCISCO, CAVALIANT by Sarah McGuire, Published by Egmont USA
Annie Berger—Editor, Harper Children’s

FEBRUARY 27: ELEVATED ILLUSTRATION 2016 SCBWI UTAH SOUTHERN UTAH IDAHO ILLUSTRATOR’S CONFERENCE, SALT LAKE CITY, UT
Giuseppe Castellano—Art Director, Penguin Random House

MARCH 4-6: SCBWI GOLDEN GATE CONFERENCE, PACIFIC GROVE, CA
Rana DiOrio—Publisher, Little Pickle PressSURVIVAL STRATEGIES OF THE ALMOST BRAVE by Jen White, Published by FSG/Macmillan
Emma Ledbetter—Associate Editor, Atheneum Books for Young Readers, Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing
Jill Santapolo—Executive Editor, Philomel Books, Penguin

MARCH 12: SCBWI SPRING FEVER CONFERENCE, BALDWINSVILLE, NEW YORKNew!
Stephanie Stein—Associate Editor HarperCollins Children’s Books

MARCH 19-20: Team SCBWI in MD/DE/WV, BUCKEYSTOWN, MD
Mallory Grigg—Art Director, Random House Penguin
Andrew Harwell—Senior Editor, HarperCollins Children’s Books
Traci Todd—Executive Editor, Abrams BFYR/AmuletGHOST LIGHT BURNING By Jan Fields, Illustrated by Vallerio Fabretti; Published by ABDO

APRIL 9: SCBWI ILLUSTRATOR INTENSIVE, SAN DIEGO, CA
Lauren Rille—Art Director, Simon and Schuster

APRIL 15-17: PIKES PEAK WRITERS’ CONFERENCE, COLORADO SPRINGS, C0
Annie Berger—Associate Editor, HarperCollins
Caitlin Dareff—Assistant Editor, St. Martin’s Press
Jennifer Letwack—Assistant Editor, Thomas Dunne/St. Martin’s press MOTHMAN'S CURSE by Christine Hayes, Published by Roaring Brook Press/Macmillan

APRIL 16:SCBWI-OKLAHOMA SPRING CONFERENCE, OKLAHOMA CITY, OK
Sara Sargent—Executive Editor, HarperCollins Children’s Books
Karl Jones—Editor, Grosset & Dunlap
Carter Hasegawa—Editor, Candlewick
Jason Henry—Senior Designer, Dial Books For Young Readers

APRIL 29-MAY 1: THE ART OF STORY, OTTAWA, ON, CANADASPIT & STICKS by Marilyn Grohoske Evans / Illustrated by: Nicole Gsell / Published by Charlesbridge
Alex Arnold—Associate Editor, Katherine Tegen Books, Harper Collins

Grace Kendall—Editor, Farrar Strauss Giroux
Whitney Leader-Picone—Art Director, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Books for Young Readers
Christian Trimmer—Senior Editor, Simon and Schuster

APRIL 29-MAY 1: NESCBWI 2016 CONFERENCE, SPRINGFIELD, MADR CRITCHLORE'S SCHOOL FOR MINIONS by Sheila Grau; Published by Amulet Books
Merideth Harte—Art Director, Sterling Publishing
Jim Hoover—Art Director, Viking Children’s Books
Julie Bliven—Editor, Charlesbridge
TJ da Roza—Editor, Jolly Fish Press
Zaneta Jung—Editor, Sterling Publishing
Celia Lee—Editor, Scholastic
Kendra Levin—Editor, Viking/Penguin COLD WAR ON MAPLEWOOD STREET by Gayle Rosengren; Published by Putnam
Aubrey Poole—Editor, Sourcebooks
Eileen Robinson—Editor, Move Books
Harold Underdown—Consulting Editor
Alison Weiss—Editor, Sky Pony Press

APRIL 29-MAY 1: WILD, WILD MIDWEST REGIONAL CONFERENCE, NAPERVILLE, ILUPDATE!
Melissa ManloveEditor, Chronicle Books
Jill Santopolo—Executive Editor, Philomel Books, Penguin Young Readers GroupDOVE ARISING by Karen Bao, Published by Viking Books for Young Readers
John Sandford—Senior Art Director, Cricket Media
Wendy McClure—Editor, Albert Whitman & Co
Semadar Megged—Art Director, New Directions

MAY 4-6: NONFICTION WRITERS CONFERENCE, ONLINE
TBA

MAY 6-7: LDS STORYMAKERS, PROVO, UT

Tracey Keevan—Senior Editor, Disney-Hyperion BooksTEN EASTER EGGS by Vijaya Bodach; Illustrated by Laura Logan; Publisher: Cartwheel Books/Scholastic

MAY 7: HOW TO CRAFT THE PERFECT PICTURE BOOK, THOUSAND OAKS, CA
Kristine Brogno—Art Director, Chronicle Books

MAY 13-15: BIG SUR ON CAPE COD, NORTH FALMOUTH, MA
Nicole Raymond—Editor, Candlewick PressTOUGH COOKIE by Kate Louise, Illustrated by Grace Sandford; Published by Sky Pony Press
Christine Krones—Editor, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Yolanda Scott—Editor, Charlesbridge Publishing

MAY 14-15: AUTHORS’ AND ILLUSTRATORS’ WORKING CONFERENCE, AUSTIN, TXNew!
Claudia GabelSenior Executive Editor, Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins
Stephanie PittsAssistant Editor, Schwartz & Wade Books/Penguin Random House
Kristen NoblesArt Director, Candlewick Press
BE A FRIEND by Salina Yoon; Publisher: Bloomsbury
MAY 21-22: SCBWI OREGON SPRING CONFERENCE, WILSONVILLE, OR
Kelly Delaney—Editor, Knopf Books for Young Readers, Random House
Katherine Harrison—Associate Editor, Knopf Books for Young Readers, Random House
Sylvie Frank—‎Editor, Paula Wiseman Books, Simon & SchusterCASH KAT by Linda Joy Singleton; Illustrated by Christina Wald; Published by Arbordale Publishing
Martha Rago<—Art Director

MAY 25-27: SCBWI-SINGAPORE WRITERS AND ILLUSTRATORS CONFERENCE, SINGAPORE
Daphne Lee—Editor, Scholastic Malaysia
Sarah Odedina—Oneworld Publications
Kajiya, Bunsho—Shogakukan Asia OCTOPUSES ONE TO TEN by Ellen Jackson; Illustrated by Robin PAge, Published by Beach LAne Books

MAY 27: PICTURE THIS-ILLUSTRATING A STORY, OAKLAND, CA
Jim Hover—Art Director, Viking Children’s Books, Penguin Random House

JUNE 8-11: WRITE TO PUBLISH, NILES, IL
Jesse Florea—Editor,Clubhouse Magazine, Focus on the Family
VOICES OF THE WESTERN FRONTIER by Sherry Garland, illustrated by Julie Dupré Buckner, Published by Pelican Publishing
JUNE 10-12: ADVANCED WRITERS’ RETREAT, CONCEPTION, MO
Taylor Norman—Associate Editor, Chronicle Books

JUNE 10-12: 21ST CENTURY NONFICTION CHILDREN’S CONFERENCE, NEW ROCHELLE, NY
Johanna Arnone—Editor, Muse MagazineTHE NATURAL HISTORY OF US by Rachel Harris, Published by Soencer Hill Contemporary
Michelle Bisson—Senior Managing Editor, Capstone
Domenica DiPiazza—Editorial Director, Lerner
Alyssa Pusey—Senior Editor, Charlesbridge
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JUNE 13-17: WRITING AND ILLUSTRATING FOR YOUNG READERS, SALT LAKE CITY, UT
Rotem Moscovich—Senior Editor, Disney-Hyperion
Lisa Mangum—Managing Editor, Shadow Mountain PublishingPIGLOO by Anne Marie Pace, Illustrated by Lorna Hussey; Published by Heny Holt
Heidi Taylor—Publishing Manager, Shadow Mountain, Deseret Book

JULY 17-23: WOW RETREAT 2016, HELEN, GA
Kathy LAndwehr—Editor, Peachtree Publishing/Author
Sylvie Frank—Editor, Paula Wiseman Books is an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing
Kelly Barrales-Saylor—Editor, Albert Whitman & CompanyWHOSE STORY IS THIS, ANYWAY? by Mike Flaherty, Illustrated by Oriol Vidal, Published by Sterling Children's Books

SEPTEMBER 4-7: SCBWI AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND CONFERENCE, SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA
TBA

SEPTEMBER 16-17: SCBWI OHIO-NORTH CONFERENCE, TBA

SEPTEMBER 16-19: SCBWI MID-SOUTH CONFERENCE, FRANKLIN, TN
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SEPTEMBER 17-18: SCBWI-ROCKY MOUNTAIN LETTERS & LINES FALL CONFERENCE, GOLDEN, CO
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OCTOBER 22: SCBWI-HOUSTON CRAFT & CRITIQUE CONFERENCE, HOUSTON, TX
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NOVEMBER 4-5: SCBWI-KANSAS FALL CONFERENCE, OVERLAND PARK, KS

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