Conference! Whoohooo!!! I would echo everything Colleen said about the conference experience.
Not only can we gather with other writers and learn more about our craft, but we can also deepen our friendship with sisters in Christ. We laugh, learn, eat, worship and pray together. Conference is a place to make memories.
Like the time when:
--Colleen pitched my book for me because I was too shy to talk about it (you find that hard to believe, right?)
--A woman went on and on about how great my book was and it was Denise's.
--I ordered calamari thinking it was noodles and Kristin gave it to me straight--then explained to the server so I could reorder something normal.
--Robin Lee Hatcher, Gayle Roper, and others walked into the room and I was totally star struck.
--Karen Ball made us laugh till we hurt when she talked about the goldfish (who will ever forget that one?) .
The learning, the worship, the fun, the food, it is all awesome. You'll meet friends with whom you can share your best (and worst) writing and they'll love you anyway.
Trust me, I know this. When I battled an illness this past year, many of my conference friends sent cards, emails, chocolates, gifts, and prayers my way. Shoot, Colleen even gave me an extra shot of morphine! Only a conference friend would do that! *g*
You see, it's more than just a conference. It's life changing--usually in ways you'd never imagine.
So share a conference memory, break out the chocolate and start packing!!!