Over the last couple of years, I've been lucky enough to attend conferences held by the Romantic Novelists' Association and the Historical Novel Society and they've been buzzy and very interesting. Helpful too, though sometimes you don't realise how helpful until weeks later.
But since I'm about to jump genre from historical romance to historical mystery/crime, I thought it might be sensible at some point to immerse myself in all things criminal. So I've signed up for CRIMEFEST, described on their website as 'a convention for people who like to read an occasional crime novel as well as for die-hard fanatics.'
And it's not just for readers - there's an awful lot going on: interviews, panels, workshops and a chance to pitch your ideas to an agent or publisher. So at the end of May I'm off to Bristol, manuscript in hand (more likely part manuscript) to take a look at yet another different writing conference. If you fancy it too, you'll find details at http://www.crimefest.com/