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

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

Russell Busse—Associate Editor, Little, Brown BFYR
Caitlyn Dlouhy—Vice President/Editorial Director, Caitlyn Dlouhy Books, Atheneum BFYR/Penguin Random House
Emma D. Dryden—Independent Editor/Founder, drydenbks
Kait Feldmann—Associate Editor, Arthur A. Levine Books/Scholastic
Cathy L. Goldsmith—President/Publisher, Beginner Books/Dr. Seuss Publishing/Penguin Random House
Connie Hsu—Executive Editor, Roaring Brook Press/Macmillan Publishing
Carmela Iaria—Vice President/Executive Director School and Library Marketing, Penguin Young Readers/Penguin Random House
Cheryl Klein—Editorial Director, Lee & Low Books
Tiffany Liao—Editor, Henry Holt BFYR/Macmillan Publishing
Kendra Levin—Assocaite Editorial Director, Viking Children’s Books, Penguin Random House
Arthur A. Levine—Publisher, Arthur A. Levine Books/Scholastic 
Lily Malcom—Vice President, Executive Art Director, Dial BFYR, Penguin Random House
Eileen Robinson—Publisher, Move Books Children’s Publishing
Sara Sargent—Executive Editor, HarperCollins Children’s Books
Jill Santopolo—Editorial Director, Philomel Books/Penguin Young Readers Group, Penguin Random House
Phoebe Yeh—Vice President/Co-publisher, Crown BFYR, Penguin Random House
Nick Thomas—Editor, Arthur A. Levine Books/Scholastic
Weslie Turner—Assistant Editor, Arthur A. Levine Books/Scholastic
Harold Underdown—Independent Editor
Sara Shandler—Senior Vice President/Editorial Director, Alloy Entertainment
Mark Siegel—Editorial Director, First Second Books/Macmillan
Cecilia Yung—Executive Art Director/Vice President, G. P. Putnam’s Sons/Nancy Paulsen Books/Penguin BFYR, Penguin Random House
Laurent Linn—Art Director, Simon & Schuster BFYR
Al Imparato—Imaging Specialist, Simon & Schuster
Patti Ann Harris—Art Director, Orchard Books/Cartwheel Books/Scholastic
Donna Mark—Creative Director, Bloomsbury Children’s Books
Daniel Nayeri—Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group

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

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

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

TBA

MARCH 22-25: NEW YORK PITCH CONFERENCE, NEW YORK, NYNew!

Kat Brzozowski—Associate Editor, St. Martin’s Press/Macmillan
Bess CozbyAssociate Editor, Tor/Forge Books/Macmillan
Brendan DeneenEditor at Thomas Dunne Books/Macmillan
Elizabeth Poteet—Assistant Editor, St. Martin’s Press/Macmillan
Michelle VegaEditor, Berkley Publishing Group/Penguin Random House
Samantha Zuckergood—Editor, St. Martin’s Press/Macmillan

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

TBA

APRIL 7: SCBWI SPRING SPIRIT, CITRUS HEIGHTS, CANew!

Alex Ulyett—Associate Editor, Viking Childrens/Penguin Random House 
Michael Strother—Editor, Harlequin Teen

APRIL 27-29: PIKES PEAK WRITERS CONFERENCE, COLORADO SPRINGS, CONew!

Kelsy Thompson—Editor, Flux/Jolly Fish
Stacy Whitman—Founder/Publisher, Tu Books/Lee & Low Books 
Gabrielle Piraino—DeFiore and Company

APRIL 28-29: AUSTIN SCBWI 2018 WRITERS & ILLUSTRATORS WORKING CONFERENCE, AUSTIN, TX

Alvina Ling—VP, Editor in Chief,Little, Brown BFYR  
Mallory Kass—Senior Editor, Scholastic  
Lucy Cummins—Simon & Schuster Art Director 

MAY 2-4: NONFICTION WRITERS CONFERENCE, ONLINE

TBA

JULY 19-21: REALM MAKERS SPECULATIVE FICTION WRITERS CONFERENCE, ST LOUIS, MONew!

Jesse Doogan—Editor, Tyndale Publishing
Diana Pho—Editor, Tor Books
Lisa Mangum—Editor, Shadow Mountain Publishing

JACKSON SUNDOWN

Pelican Publishing

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

I'VE GOT FEET

Amicus 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