Jubilee Jambalaya Writers Conference is a small conference, but one that is enjoyable. It is a good way to learn a few things on writing, publishing, marketing, etc. Check it out http://www.terrebonne.lib.la.us/writers ((now I don't work for them, I'm just spreading the news to newbie writers looking for a place to learn the trade.))
This year a few favorite authors will be there: Heather Graham, Erin McCarthy, Deborah LeBlanc, Kathy Love, Roxanne Becnel, Farrah Rochon, Laura Joh Rowland, F. Paul Wilson and many more talented authors. Many from the regional area too.
Now if you live near New Orleans there is also a RWA writers group which meets in Metairie every third Saturday. www.solawriters.org -- I've learned a great deal from these meetings.
See you there.