Whether you are a beginner or have been writing for some time, you should make it a point to go to writing conferences. The first SCBWI Miami Conference I attended was after I had only been writing for a year.
I knew almost nothing.
Maybe it was too early for me to go? I read and re-read the conference brochure thinking about which speakers I would skip in favor of a nap in my hotel room.
I didn’t skip one word.
Napping was for losers!
I learned so much, and I found a group of other newbies to hang with.
So what do you write?
Mystery? Mystery Writers of America is having Sleuthfest in March 2018. http://sleuthfest.com/
Romance? Romance Writers of America will hold their annual conference in Denver this year. https://www.rwa.org/events
If you write for children, like me, you can still register for this weekend’s conference in Miami. (And you still have time to get your costume together for Saturday night!) https://florida.scbwi.org/
No matter what you write, there is a conference for you. Go. You’ll be surprised how much you learn.