The advantages of taking a sketchbook to a conference are manifold:
A) You can draw the drink one of your friends has ordered to remind you that even though said drink contains alcohol, it's actually quite yummy (very useful info for people who normally don't like alcohol!!!.)
B) You can draw the silly things your friends have talked you into buying at the stores in Disneyland.
And the bestest, biggest, wonderfullest avantage of bringing a sketchbook to a writer's conference?
C) You can take note-taking during a research workshop to the next level. :-) The following pages from my sketchbook are the notes from Candice Hern's workshop on Regency fashion accessories at the Beau Monde Conference.