That's not a hypothetical question. As part of my job as editor for a writers organization, I'll soon be planning a writers conference for early in 2014.
So here's your chance to help design the perfect conference. As a writer, what would you most like to see in a conference—something you've not been able to get at the ones you've attended.
Just a few guidelines: Please limit your suggestions to what's feasible. (Forget a free, all-expenses paid, two-week conference in Tahiti. Ditto kidnapping top editors of major publishers and not releasing them until they sign multi-book contracts.)
The location and dates are already set. The organizers envision meeting at a major hotel over four days: beginning Thursday evening and concluding by noon Sunday.
The other distinctive: This conference would focus on the needs of book authors (none of the usual classes for beginning writers on writing basics and how to break into magazines).
Your turn: Over four days, what do you most need to improve and expand your range of skills? You're helping invent the ideal conference for book writers. What does it look like?