Here's a list of writing conferences happening this summer.
There are plenty of opportunities for writers to meet agents face to face at writers' conferences and pitch their work in 2015. Remember: Meeting agents in person is a great way to get past the slush pile. If an agent is interested in your work and requests a sample or book proposal, you can write "Requested Material" on your submission, making sure it gets a fair read and consideration.
Know that there are two types of conferences. There are general writers' conferences, that address a variety of subjects, and then there are specialized conferences, which usually tend to focus on a single genre-such as western, romance, or mystery. You will find both kinds in this list below.
Jackson Hole Writers Conference, June 25-27, 2015, Jackson Hole, WY
Attending agents: Sarah Levitt (Zoë Pagnamenta Agency); Elizabeth Winick Rubinstein (McIntosh & Otis); Katherine Fausset (Curtis Brown, Ltd); and Ken Sherman (Ken Sherman Associates).
Writer's Digest Conference East, July 31 - Aug. 2, 2015, New York, NY
The website is live, and we have 54 agents already confirmed to be there as part of the conference's Pitch Slam. Be aware that the pitch slam timing is already more than 3/4 sold out.
Michigan Writing Workshop, Sept. 12, 2015, outside Detroit, MI
Attending agents: Alice Speilburg (Speilburg Literary); Brent Taylor (TriadaUS); Amanda Luedeke (MacGregor Literary); and Mark Gottlieb (Trident Media).
San Diego Writers' Conference , Oct. 9, 2015, San Diego, CA
Attending agents: Paul S. Levine (Paul S. Levine Literary); Jill Marr (Sandra Dijkstra Literary); Courtney Miller-Callihan (Sanford J. Greenberger Associates); Taylor Martindale (Full Circle Literary); Patricia Nelson (Marsal Lyon Literary); literary agent Jennifer Azantian (Azantian Literary); Annie Bomke (Annie Bomke Literary Agency).
Writing Conference of Los Angeles, Oct. 10, 2015, Los Angeles
Attending agents: Jamie Weiss Chilton (Andrea Brown Literary); Paul S. Levine (Paul S. Levine Literary); Nephele Tempest (The Knight Agency); Patricia Nelson (Marsal Lyon Literary); literary agent Ken Sherman (Ken Sherman & Associates); literary agent Valerie Noble (Donaghy Literary); Eve Porinchak (Jill Corcoran Literary).
Indiana "Get Published" Writing Workshop, Oct. 24, 2015, Indianapolis
Attending agents: Alice Speilburg (Speilburg Literary), Victoria Lea (Aponte Literary), Laura Crockett of TriadaUS, and Amanda Luedeke (MacGregor Literary).
Connecticut Writing Workshop, Nov. 13, 2015, Hartford, CT
Attending agents: Lane Heymont (The Seymour Agency); Kimiko Nakamura (Dee Mura Literary); Kaylee Davis (Dee Mura Literary); Penny Moore (FinePrint Literary).
Boston Writers Conference, Nov. 14, 2015, Boston, MA
Attending agents: Rick Richter (Zachary Shuster Harmsworth), literary agent Lane Heymont (The Seymour Agency), literary agent Ruben Pfeffer (Ruben Pfeffer Content), literary agent Kimiko Nakamura (Dee Mura Literary), literary agent Ann Collette (Rees Literary Agency), literary agent Lana Popovic (Chalberg & Sussman), literary agent Amaryah Orenstein (GO Literary), literary agent Kaylee Davis (Dee Mura Literary).
Alabama Writers Conference, February 19, 2016, Birmingham, AL
Attending agents: Julie Gwinn (The Seymour Agency); Kurestin Armada (P.S. Literary); Veronica Park (Corvisiero Literary); and Lauren MacLeod (Strothman Agency).
Atlanta Writing Workshop, February 20, 2016, Atlanta, GA
Attending agents: Cherry Weiner (Cherry Weiner Literary); Kurestin Armada (P.S. Literary); Pamela Harty (The Knight Agency); Veronica Park (Corvisiero Literary); Sally Apokedak (Leslie H. Stobbe Literary Agency).
Tampa Writers Conference , March 25, 2016, Tampa, FL
Attending agents: Lucienne Diver (The Knight Agency); Marlene Stringer (Stringer Literary Agency); Nicole Resciniti (The Seymour Agency); Saritza Hernandez (Corvisiero Literary); and Amanda Leuck (Spencerhill Associates).
Fort Lauderdale "Get Published" Conference, March 26, 2016, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Attending agents: Nicole Resciniti (The Seymour Agency); Greg Aunapu (Salkind Literary); Kurestin Armada (P.S. Literary); Cricket Freeman (The August Agency).