I'm a member of two Romance Writers of America (RWA) chapters - my local group, West Houston RWA, and an online group, Contemporary Romance RWA. Both are, of course, superb. It's been amazing to get to know and spend time with so many other writers (it's a solitary profession, even for those of us lucky enough to be married to another writer!)
Every July, the annual RWA conference takes the 'spend time socializing and learning' concept and hyperbolizes it. Last year was my first conference, and it was a nonstop round of workshops, meals, book signings, and more dancing than I do the rest of the year combined. (That's not a high bar, to be fair.)
I expect this year will be the same. I'm excited to see some old friends and make new ones, to attend a ton of self-publishing workshops (relevant to my interests!), to attend parties, and, yes, even to dance. (I'm wearing my cowboy boots with my swishy black dress to the awards night.) Since we'll be in San Antonio, I'm also looking forward to all the non-Texans complaining about the heat. (Confidential to non-Texans: we complain about the summer heat all the time, until y'all show up and we get to act like it ain't nothing.)
Are you going to the conference? Tweet me @dakimel - I'd love to meet you!