I was investigating the San Francisco Write to Market Conference when I came across this page, Algonkian Writer Conferences Pre-Event Writer Assignments. This conference seems much more like an intensive workshop and the assignments are intriguing. Just reading about story statement, clear antagonist, deciding on genre, and more gave me a lot to consider in reviewing my manuscript.
These are just examples of what is covered and certainly a person would get much more out of having a group discuss these elements. However, I wanted to share this page with you so you can think about these factors in your own writing.
For more information on the national conference itself, check out http://writetomarketconference.com/
Hope you have a great weekend!