I was just feeling a little sulky because all the interesting conferences seemed so far away and unaffordable, and then I stumbled across a post about this on the Verla Kay message board. Perfect! Pullman--well, 'nuff said--and I've read and enjoyed some of Kenneth Oppal's work, and heard lots of great stuff about Turner (I've put her first book on hold at the library so I can read at least it ahead of time). Plus it appeals to the logical/scientific side of me as well as the artistic side.
Anyone want to join me? :D