Cons often have writing tracks, allowing you to combine learning with fun
Arkham (Staying Sane)

Finding Your Tribe: The Fun of Cons

All work and no play turns writers into robots - and not in a good way. You need to get out and have some fun now and then. You also need to network with other people of a like mind. So why not combine the two and find a convention that appeals to the secret fandoms (or not-so-secret fandoms) of your brilliant mind? Cons are the perfect way to recharge that writing brain of yours.