This year I'm going to the RWA conference in San Antonio. I haven't been in a number of years and am looking forward to seeing old friends and enjoying several days of immersing myself in workshops, fellowship, and learning. I also belong to ACFW and try to alternate years going to ACFW and RWA.
I've been a member of RWA since a friend hauled me to my first RWA conference in Dallas. I will tell you that I was overwhelmed with information, but determined to get published. I cried every night of the conference realizing I was so far from publication, but I had a road map. After that conference, a chapter was established in my town, and I went every month. They taught me how to write, showed me the business side of writing, and gave me contacts. Only another writer will understand when you say, "My hero isn't cooperating."
RWA is an educational organization. I've had other writers (male) comment how organized RWA conferences are. He learned so much. He went to a science fiction conference and workshops were named, but they sat around and just talked on the topic. Most RWA members are women (need I say more) and we are nurturers. (I'll teach you.) RWA members have migrated to Mystery and SF and it has effected how those conferences are now organized.
If your interested in learning to write, check out either RWA or ACFW websites. They list local chapters where you can learn and make friends. A word of warning: you will have to join the national organization as well as the local chapter. The picture is at my first signing at RWA. Ignore the huge glasses and my eyes half closed. I'll sign at conference my latest book, A Ranch to Call Home this year.