Every year there is a buzz about the RWA National Conference. It opens registration around the first of February and immediately on the Yahoo groups a debate about the pro's and con's of conference attending begins.
So here is my two, three or four cents...
If you can afford, go.
I live in Utah. So after the registration fee, hotel, and airfare I'm looking at $1500-$2000 for Nationals. A hefty fee. Is it worth it? Yes it is. The Networking, contacts, and workshops double the value. And I always buy the CD's because it's impossible to attend everything. I listen to a session once a week and the motivation I couldn't get any other way.
So yes if you can afford to go, Go!
And if you can't, find a small RWA chapter conference close to you to attend. Sometimes the contact with the visiting agent and editors are even better at those.
So what are your opinions on conferences?