I live in England, so there's no chance of me appearing. I belong to the Internet Writing Workshop, where people from all over the world critique each other's work. A few months ago, one of the American members visited London, and we got together. That was one of the best days of my life. Blog on!http://francene-wordstitcher.blogspot.com/
I hope you have a wonderful time! I love going to conferences and hob-nobbing with so many other people with whom I share a common interest. In fact, it was at my very first conference that I met the guy who would, 2 years later, be The One to accept my manuscript for publication. So don't be afraid to network! My friendship with him payed off!
I'm hoping to go to a conference next year. Somehow there's no time this year, what's with that? Hopefully the Mayans were wrong.