I'm in a post-conference love fest haze right now. I can't think of writing any other post but one that tells each and every one of you to register for your nearest writers conference or workshop.
The networking might be even better than the workshops, you'll be inspired, held up, supported, critiqued. You'll laugh, work, cry, and come away knowing why you're a writer.
My conference of choice is SCBWI New England -- www.nescbwi.org -- but there are many.