My online writing group is holding its third conference this spring. I've attended one of them, although I had planned on going to both the earlier meetings. Ended up having a flight cancelled for two days and never got there, but that's a whole other story.
My purpose today is to encourage all writers, published or not, professional or amateur, to attend a writing conference of some kind. There are many to select from and in all parts of our country and around the world, if you're really adventurous.
Most of the conferences I've attended have been relatively small but they've had excellent and noted speakers. We can all learn something new, and even if you learn only one new thing, it's worth the time and dollars to go. But more than likely, you'll learn many more than one new thing about the writing craft.
Another benefit is the opportunity to meet and network with people who have the same interest as you. And this is not just a side benefit in my estimation. It's of great importance. There are times when you gain more from this aspect than listening to the speakers.
Many of the conferences have workshops along with the speakers, and that can also be very helpful. It's a hands-on approach.
Google 'writers conferences' or other similar keywords to find conferences that appeal to you, are possible for you to get to, and can afford. Don't pass over small, local groups as some of them can be excellent.
I can promise that you'll return home inspired to write, write, write.