I attended my first writer's conference about a month ago, and I have to say, I'm really glad I did. I met a lot of writers whose books and stories I have read for the first time in the past year, as well as publishers and editors. They were all friendly and willing to answer questions from a newbie like myself, and I'm sure some of my questions were dumb. But no one let on. They were a lot of fun. I don't know what I expected, since I was pretty nervous. Tess Gerritsen, Joe Konrath, Alison Janssen, Thomas Keevers, Libby Fischer Hellman and Dana Kaye are only some of the writers who I had the pleasure to meet. There were more, but i'm better with faces than I am with names.
So if you've never attended a writer's conference, I highly recommend doing so, and this is a great one to start with.
There were multiple panels every hour, and my only regret is that I couldn't attend all of them. I definitely plan to return next year. I learned a lot, as both a writer and a fan.
Besides, I caught the napkin that Joe Konrath threw into the audience, and I still have it. Think he'll autograpgh it for me next year if I ask him?