The Writers' Workshop was very useful this year. It was led by a literary agent who talked about the agency and publication aspects of writing. I feel a lot more confident about submitting my works now than I did before. That's probably because I understand more of it and recognize how that aspect of the business functions. It is no longer a nebulous group of people sitting behind big desks who stamp manuscripts with a big red REJECTED label. Yup, putting a face to the industry really helps.
I made friends with a couple of published authors this year. I hope to see them and develop the friendships further at next year's Polaris.
The only sad part is that I slept through most of Saturday (the main day) because of depression. I've been fighting depression for several months and was hoping the convention (that I always look forward to) would help break through it. Alas, I am now reduced to contacting my doctor again...or maybe my psychiatrist because my doctor didn't take it seriously enough when I raised the issue last time.