From the Conversations and Connections website:
Want to write better? Want to get published? Attending pricey, academic-style, lecture-hall writer’s conferences won’t quite get you there, no matter how good the bagels are.
Here’s what will: a comfortable, congenial environment where you can meet other writers, editors and publishers. You need to speak with the people who make editorial decisions, as well as with others who are trying to perfect their craft, just like you.
You’ll find this at Conversations & Connections, a conference devoted to giving you practical advice on getting published.
Since 2007, Conversations & Connections has been a top-pick among writers in the DC, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh areas.
View the schedule: http://writersconnectconference.com/schedule14/