Check out the best writer’s conference around: The Oklahoma Writers Federation Conference. Information at www.owfi.org
Always held the first weekend in May. Be sure to come by and say hello.
It also offers the best and cheapest contest I've ever found in North America. Entries accepted in January. Thirty-six categories--you can enter one manuscript in each category for $30. Membership is cheap and worth it just for the contest.
My other favorite conference is Killer Nashville in Nashville, TN. This one is for lovers of mysteries, thrillers, suspense, etc and is very author friendly. Held in August.
Robyn Conley, the book doctor, offers FREE line-editing and critique over the first ten pages of ANY genre: www.robynconley.com for more info and submission guidelines.
If you love ghost stories, check out Olyve Hallmark Abbott on Amazon. She also has a mystery and a book on frontier life.