I just spent the most wonderful weekend with a bunch of great people - writers - at the annual NETWO (North East Texas Writers Organization) spring conference. There was a Friday afternoon workshop then time to get to know each other. Several of us sat up chatting after everyone else called it a night which was very nice.
Saturday was filled with sessions by an agent, an editor, a PR guy (excellent info) and several authors. I had a nice but very quick meeting with an editor from Berkley and met some really nice writers. And while I wasn't ready to come home, I'm even more excited about my WIP.
So, the point of this you ask?
You need to go to a writer's conference. Yes, you do and here's several reasons why.
Meeting other writers - I'm made quite a few friends from conferences.
Meeting agents, editors and other industry professions in a relaxing setting - they really aren't scary. :-)
Learning about craft or the business aspect of writing - this year's PR session was GREAT!!!
Networking - getting to know others in the business is always a good thing.
Pitching to agent or editor - this often gets you a request for more and is a step in the door.
And, most importantly...
Recharging your creative self - sometimes life isn't nice and stomps on our creativity. Writer's conferences are a great way to recharge.
It's not to late to find a nearby conference for this year so check out Shaw Guides. They don't list them all but it's a nice place to start. You can search by state, month, season and several other things.
Also, do the Google thing. Your state and writer's conferences should get you some hits.
I encourage each of you to commit to attending at least one conference this year. You won't regret it.