Go Teen Writers wrote the Reinvention of Skylar Hoyt series. I enjoyed all the authors, editors, and publishers that spoke, especially Mark Wilson, who teaches writing at a college in Oregon. The whole four day conference was just amazing and the teens who attended were such hardworking, determined writers who really inspired me.
What really impressed me was the amount of education and information that you could learn in just four days. The amount of quality information shared was almost overwhelming and my daughter and I still trying to digest it even now. Many people attend school for years and never glean as much practical information as can be learned through topic-specific seminars and conferences. This is a great way to get a frugal education. For the mere price of staying in a dorm room and using the shared bathrooms, eating cafeteria food for a week, gas to get there, and a small conference fee, we were able to learn a vast amount of knowledge about writing and publishing. And, we had tons of fun besides!
My son attended the local technical college last year. His comment, after finishing the certificate coursework, was that he had learned everything he wanted to know and didn't have to take a bunch of classes that would be useless to his life goals. Such a direct and frugal approach to education works for me. Education is about learning. It's about what you learn, and how you learn, not where you learn.