Take a look at the fun place Mysteries and Margaritas today, where I'm the featured guest. This is a great group of mystery writer ladies who know that getting together for fun and mayhem is the way to go.
And while you're there, check out their books-- there's quite a selection. For all avid mystery readers, you're likely to find some new favorites.
This kind of event makes it enjoyable to be a writer. Who wants to sit in a solitary room being antisocial? This is the most social bunch I've seen, warm and welcoming. Also sharp and funny.
Part of the bonus of going to writer conferences-- you get to meet the greatest people.