If you ever need an example of how a writing conference should be run, how attendees should work together to make everyone feel welcome, and how folks can get the most out of this sort of event while still having fun along the way, I can't think of a better example than the excellent Write Stuff Conference.
It takes place at the Days Inn hotel, Allentown (see the conference website for full details). It's organized by the Greater Lehigh Valley Writing Group. The 2013 Write Stuff will run from Friday evening on March 22nd to Saturday, March 23rd (with pre-conference workshops available on Thursday, March 21st and Friday, March 22nd).
This year will be my fifth time there (my first as one of the workshop presenters - but don't let that put you off). If you've never been before, I urge you to check it out. If you've attended previous Write Stuffs, I know you're already booking the dates in your diary.
I look forward to seeing you there :)