Writers’ conferences are excellent ways for writers to get face time with agents and editors, as well as update their skills on the craft of writing. Notice in the list below that there are two very nice local conferences: the DFW Writers’ Conference here in the DFW area, and Writers’ League of Texas Agents Conference in Austin.
Here are some upcoming conferences for writers that are filled with agents and editors, ripe for the plucking:
Writer’s Digest Conference, Jan. 20-22, New York, NY $525
Attending agents: Last year we had 55 agents for our gigantic pitch slam, and this year we’re aiming for 60-70! Keep checking the website, as we will sporadically add groups of attending agents as we lock them in. Thanks!
Space Coast Writers Guild Conference, Jan. 27-28, Cocoa Beach, FL $95
Attending agents: Paige Wheeler (Folio Literary); Jenny Bent (Bent Literary) and Lois Winston (Ashley Grayson Literary).
Roanoke Regional Writers Conference, Jan 27-28, Roanoke, VA $60
Attending agents: Judith Weber and Nat Sobel (Sobel Weber Associates).
San Francisco Writers Conference, Feb. 16-20, 2012, San Francisco, CA $595/no agents, $645 w/agents
Attending agents: Kimberly Cameron (Kimberly Cameron & Associates); April Eberhardt (April Eberhardt Literary); Stephany Evans (FinePrint Literary); Jeff Kleinman (Folio Literary); Daniel Lazar (Writers House); Katharine Sands (Sarah Jane Freymann Agency); Ken Sherman (Ken Sherman and Associates); Nephele Tempest (Knight Agency); Ted Weinstein (Ted Weinstein Literary); and more.
Florida Christian Writers Conference, March 1-4, 2012, Leesburg, FL $775
Attending agents: Amanda Luedeke (MacGregor Literary); Mary Sue Seymour (The Seymour Agency); and Andy Scheer (Hartline Literary).
Las Vegas Writers Conference, April 19-21, 2012, Las Vegas, NV $400
Attending agents: Mary Kole (Andrea Brown Literary); Rita Rosenkranz (Rita Rosenkranz Literary); Lauren Ruth (BookEnds); Jeff Kleinman (Folio Literary); Malaga Baldi (Balaga Agency); and likely more.
DFW Writers Conference, May 19-20, 2012, Hurst, Texas (Dallas/Forth Worth) $295/350 at door
Attending agents: Elizabeth Evans (Jean V. Naggar Literary); Eddie Schneider (JaBerwoky Literary); Sara Crowe (Harvey Klinger, Inc.); Paul Levine (Paul S Levine Literary); Lucienne Diver (Knight Agency); Sarah Lapolla (Curtis Brown Ltd); Sally Harding (Cooke Agency); Mereditch Barnes (Lowenstein Assoc.); Laurie McLean (Larsen Pomada Literary); Becky Vinter (Fine Print Literary); Jennie Goloboy (Red Sofa Literary), and likely more.
Attending editors: Krista Marino (Random House); Devi Pillai (Orbit Books); Meghan Stevenson (Penguin), and likely more.
Crested Butte Writers Conference, June 2012, Crested Butte, CO $330/$380 at door
Attending agents: Likely three agents in attendance. Stay tuned for more details.
Writers’ League of Texas Agents Conference, June 22-24, 2012, Austin, TX $319/$489 at door + $50 per agent, +$50 editor, +$35 keynote luncheon, +$50/$70 pre-conference agent workshop
Attending agents: Michelle Brower (Wendy Serman Assoc.); Beena Kamlani (Viking Press); Jud Laghi (The Jud Laghi Agency); Jennifer Laughran (Andrea Brown Literary); Laurie McLean (Larsen Pomada Literary); Elena Meclin (Pippin Properties; Rita Rosenkranz (Rita Rosenkranz Literary); Susan Schulman (Susan Schulman Literary); Stefanie Von Borstel (Full Circle Literary)
Attending editors: Beena Kamlani (Viking Press); Peter Joseph (St. Martin’s Press); Alan Rizler (Independent Consulting Editor)
Jackson Hole Writers Conference, June 28-30, 2012, Jackson Hole, WY $365/$390 at door
Attending agents: Lisa Bankoff (ICM); Katharine Sands (Sarah Jane Freymann Literary); and Alex Glass (Trident Media).