I was at the annual Life, The Universe, and Everything writing conference in Provo for the last few days.
LTUE isn’t a con in the normal sense. There is very little fannish stuff. It’s mostly writing for writers by writers. Some panels can be a little artsy and fannish, but mostly they tend to be writers giving nuts and bolts advice about the business.
If you are an aspiring writer, or currently writing and trying to improve your skills, I highly recommend it. I’ve been every year since 2009. Also, it’s comparatively super cheap.
The guest list is always excellent, with a lot of really talented people to learn from (and sometimes disagree with, but even that is educational).
Plus, on the personal side it is a lot of fun because friends come in from all over the country. This year there were a bunch of folks I know from Texas and Florida who flew in (over the last couple of years, we’ve started having a miniature LibertyCon West contingent to hang out with).
I’d encourage you to check out LTUE. As far as writing education goes, its the best bang for the buck out there.