Last weekend I went to Genrecon in Brisbane for the first time. As the name suggests it’s a conference for genre writers (horror, sci fi, romance, crime and fantasy). It has a very different feel to RWAustralia, or either of the reader conventions I’ve been to. Many of the sessions were discussion panels about various issues (what writers get wrong, luck vs hard work) but I did go to a few craft sessions.
Even though I’ve been published for 7 years I think it’s so important to keep learning, but to also learn from other genres as good writing is good writing.
There was also an academic stream and I caught a session on crime noir (which I find fascinating even thought I don’t think I could write it).
I would definitely go again, though I’ll have to wait 2 years as it’s not a yearly conference :(
If you are in Australia I do recommend it.