I've registered for the Donald Maass workship taking place in October, outside of Seattle. I chose that over the Emerald City Conference because I had heard his workshops have completely turned so many people's writing around. Don't get me wrong, I loved Emerald City last year when I went - I just feel that where I'm at right now, the Maass workshop may inspire me more.
Then there's our fantabulous chapter workshop happening next month, which I'll definitely be attending! Plus there's a bunch of other conferences, meetings and events happening with writing groups all over the Western U.S.
How do you pick and choose which events will benefit you most? Do you choose events based on the content, the networking, or the locale you visit? What events do you recommend? It's hard to make such a financial and time committment to something we've never been before. I find that recommendations are a good way to know what's worthwhile. So, please, share your experiences!
I've only been to Emerald City once, but I'm definitely glad I went. I found the most beneficial part about it was the networking and meeting Northwest authors. It was also the first time I pitched and editor and agent, and the more intimate feel of the conference made that experience much better. I felt the two individuals I pitched were more approachable in this environment, both before and after the group pitch sessions.