I’ve attended conferences ever since I started taking writing seriously-about 12 yrs ago. At that time I was living in Wyoming and Wyoming Writers Inc. holds a top-notch conference every June. If you’re into westernalia, you can’t beat a Western Writers of America conference. Since moving to Arkansas, I’ve attended White Country Creative Writers (Searcy, AR), The Arkansas Writers Conference (Little Rock) and a wonderful conference: Ozark Creative Writers (Eureka Springs) each fall.
I just got home from the annual Blue Ridge Writers Conference in Blue Ridge, GA. Helpful? Imperative, especially for new writers.