"There’s a saying by photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson: “Your first ten thousand photographs are your worst.” In writing, we say, “Your first million words are crap." --L.K. Madigan
(Sorry this is a little late, but I have been waiting something regarding it)
My first writing conference wasn't what I expected and there are a number of reasons why. I had a wedding the first night so I missed out on connecting as well with the other attendees. The second day I was late and lucky that I had a friend. The person that was supposed to critique my novel didn't show up (which wasn't the convention's fault, mind you). The other guests, Jane Kurtz and Wendy McClure really made up for it with their wisdom (they discussed myth vs. reality in publishing and plot).
Overall, it was felt like a practice run on what I should do next time. However, it was a step to be around other writers. That is very important and worthwhile, and some of the conversations really gave me a new perspective. I need to re-do my goals big time before I attend another one.