If you're like me, you enjoy the jolt of inspiration and energy from attending writers' conferences. Unfortunately, we can't always afford the time and money to attend the conferences we'd love to.
So . . . when you need a boost of inspiration and information, explore these virtual writers' conferences until you're able to make it to the real thing.
1) Each July, the Highlights Foundation holds writers workshops at Chautauqua. At this site, you'll be able to explore offerings by topic, author or title from 2002 through 2006. I enjoyed reading some of the inspiration behind Maniac Magee from Jerry Spinelli.
2) If you can't make it to the Maui Writers Conference, here is a great selection of clips from past conferences. Dave Barry is a hoot. And I love what Frank McCourt says about teachers who teach in middle school.
3) Finally, one of the best conferences I've attended was SCBWI's annual conference in L.A. in August. Here are a collection of images from their 2008 conference: