Every year, I try to attend a few writing conferences and retreats. This is something I only started doing in the years since I became a fulltime writing teacher. I didn’t realize that these events existed while I was an undergraduate, and although I wanted to attend AWP and some other events in graduate school, I never had the money to fly across the country and get a hotel room.   When a friend who teaches at my alma mater suggested that we put together an undergraduate writing retreat that could be attended by our students, I was really excited. Getting together with writers–especially writers you’ve never met–and talking about your craft is such a great experience, and I loved the idea of giving…