January 2018 Regional Conference: Save the Dates!!


Dates - 01/12/2018 – 01/14/2018


Sheraton Miami Airport Hotel
3900 NW 21st Street – Miami, FL 33142


Confirmed faculty: (More to come!)



Melissa Manlove, Senior Editor at Chronicle Books (editor of the bestselling GOODNIGHT, GOODNIGHT CONSTRUCTION SITE, which she found in the slush pile).

Michael Strother, Editor at Little, Brown Agent, formerly at S&S and Harlequin Teen.

Amy Fitzgerald, Editor at Carolrhoda books, the trade imprint of Lerner Publishing.



Jennie Dunham of Dunham Literary, Inc.

Marcia Wernick of the Wernick & Pratt Agency

Nicole Resciniti, president of the Seymour Agency

Lorin Oberweger of Adams Literary



Sara Pennypacker, best-selling and award-winning author (Golden Kite for Picture Book Text; Syd Fleischman Award for Humor.)

Jonathan Maberry, best-selling and award-winning author. (Multiple Bram Stoker Wards.)

Shutta Crum, author of fifteen picture books



Judith Schachner, author/illustrator of the popular Skippyjon Jones series and more


Novel Intensive:

Jennie Dunham

Jonathan Maberry

Lorin Oberweger


Picture Book Intensive:

Melissa Manlove



Illustrator Intensive:

Judith Schachner

Art Director TBA