After a tremendous time at a writer's conference recently, I came upon some quotes that captured the true purpose for the event perfectly.
Get in the presence of great people - avoid low-flying people.
Observing your close friends will speak volumes about you.
If you want to be great in any area of life, you must place yourself in the presence of people who are manifesting the level of greatness you desire.
You must do the things today that others will not do so that you can have the things tomorrow that others will not have.
- all from "The Resilent Power of Purpose" by Larry DiAngi