My comment: Enjoyed the honesty in your article, most reports on conferences, colonies and writing classes, are "it was so worth..." and then I go... and then I’m amongst the ones that wonders "what the heck?" Yet, once in awhile one meets an incredible teacher and author, as when I met the late Leonard Bishop at an Asilomar Conference. I also witness a once struggling author meet his beginnings at a conference. I was not able to attend the San Francisco Writers Conference - even though I wanted to very much – I am so grateful they nominated me a finalist in poetry and gave me new hope about my poetry. My take on all the tons of stuff out-there for writers: I investigate it as an investment in time and finances, but most of all I continue to write.