A week ago, Kristin and I went to Readercon. Readercon is only the second Writer's convention that I've gone to, and the first with a genre focus. It was also the first convention that I went to with Kristin, and where we decided to start dating three years ago. As such, it's an important convention for us.
Readercon is a convention with a focus on the literary side of speculative fiction. It's less fan focused that writer focused, and discusses topics such as culture, historical influences, and why we all hate paranormal romance (unless we happen to be writers of it). It's not really a very how-to con, but it's still interesting. The best panel we went to was on world-building and culture, and how to make them realistic. The writers mentioned a few ideas, but there was a limit to what could be covered in an hour.
But mainly, it's a place to meet new people, especially writers and editors, and have interesting conversations.
But then, that's what most conventions are like. Later this year, we'll be going to Worldcon and World Fantasy.