I'm going to my first writer's conference in June! Yeah! It is the Young Writer's and Illustrator's Conference at BYU. (I just noticed I'm a little exclamation point happy, and will try to refrain the rest of my post.) I'm super excited about the conference, and the computer. My husband and I made a deal that as soon as I had a finished novel, then I would be able to attend the conference. Thus the finished novel means a conference!
The writer's group that I attend and co-lead just changed format, because of the addition of two members. I'm actually very happy about the changes. We will email our work a week in advance, giving people a chance to read it on their own, and mark it up, and then get it back to us. It should be much more effective.
And I'm working on applying for a few grants. Here is to hoping that I get them. It will look good and give me something to put in my bio portion of my query letter. I'm still hoping to start querying by the end of March.