Extract from Publishing … and Other Forms of Insanity site:
In the dead of winter, writing conferences slow down. That being said, there are some noteworthy conferences in warmer climes during the month of January.
In Florida, the cities of Key West, Palm Beach and St. Petersburg host writing workshops in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, as well as panel discussions, readings, and presentations. (Please note that some of these conferences are waitlisted. I have included them so you can plan ahead for next year.)
I strongly encourage all serious writers to attend a conference. Workshops and conferences are the best way to find an agent, and they offer wonderful opportunities for networking with other writers and learning about the publishing industry from insiders.
You can find a monthly list of conferences and workshops, as well as links to help you find conferences in your area…