This is going to sound like a sales pitch, but if you have the opportunity, go to Whispering Pines Retreat. Different than a convention, you get to spend quality time getting to know other writers, publishers and agents in an informal setting. The presenters at session two this year were; Rachel Orr of Prospect Agency, Voices Carry-Discovering and Developing Your Authorial Voice; Tricia Lin of Simon and Schuster, Building a World that Bolsters Your Story; Natascha Morris of Bookends Literary Agency, Writing Characters That Leap Off the Page; Tara Sullivan, author, The Editing Toolbox; and Charlotte Wenger of Page Street Publishing, Pacing Out Your Picture Book.
The presenters mingle with you throughout the weekend at meals and activities. An in depth 25 minute critique by one of the presenters is also part of the retreat. The setting is beautiful and peaceful, the rooms are comfortable and the food is absolutely delicious!