This month's issue of The Writer gives some pertinent tips on choosing a writing conference. The questions to be asked as one is considered encompass the admissions policy--"open" indicating that it is new-writer friendly, the credentials of the speakers/workshop leaders, the number of people expected to attend, the purpose and focus of the workshops and whether they encompass multiple or specialized genres, and the obvious considerations of when and where the conference is being held.
The question, "Why do I want to attend?" might be the most important of all---and congruently, "What are the advantages to me as a writer?"
I've never attended a writers conference before, but I'm beginning to think that perhaps I should expand my horizons by "mingling" with others who love the same thing. I need a conference that (1) will not break my bank and (2) will provide value for what I do invest. This afternoon I ran across one that just might fit the bill.
Meanwhile, here is a link to Shaw Guides, a free online listing of conferences and workshops.