I'd like to know what would entice you (or has enticed you) to attend writing festivals/conferences, near or far. Here's the situation: I'm on the board of a writing festival. We hope to grow our festival, but we're not sure how to make it more appealing to writers outside our community (or even within our community, since as I figure it, fewer than 2% of the writers in the area attend our spring or fall festivals).
So--What would you be interested in hearing presentations about? What kinds of speakers would you want/expect? What would make a trip to the coast of BC worthwhile? And what would make you turn tail and never revisit the idea of attending?
This is our festival's website, if you want to make specific suggestions. (Please do!)