Just got back from the Midsouth SCBWI conference and am jazzed.
I didn't get my first page read, :( but it was such a good exercise. I feel not only did I get a really good first page but a whole first chapter. Later that week the Florence-Lauderdale library had a free class on the Alabama Virtual Library (AVL). I thought I would learn about how to get books from other libraries ( I did) but it was so much more! For those that are writing non-fiction it is like paradise. All these research bases available to you not only from home, but if you are traveling you can still access the information (FREE!) In this economy when it is costly to travel it's good to know you can do a lot of the research without ever having to crank your vehicle.
Our library also has classes on digital photography,Microsoft power point, genealogy online, excel spreadsheet. The list goes on and on. Have you checked out your local library? What are some of the free things offered you have found useful?