I have attended writing conferences and have learned a lot. While it is something to budget for, conferences provide writer education that makes learning the craft of writing much easier.
There are upcoming conferences that my readers might be interested in attending.
CCWC is held in Estes Park Colorado in mid-May.
Greater Philly Conference is held at the end of July and early August.
Pikes Peak Writers Conference is held in late April.
Romance Writers of America Conference is in July.
Sisters in Crime has a page dedicated to conferences in 2015.