I've never attended a writer's conference. I think about it now and again, but I always talk myself out of attending for one reason or another. I picture lots of hungry writers trying to sidle up the agents and editors, and the idea of joining the scrum makes me hyperventilate. What are your thoughts? I'd love to hear your take on the pros and cons of conferences. Do they really help you make contacts? Ever found a crit partner at one of them?