The biggest drawback is cost. And it is a big drawback. Volunteering doesn't bring any discounts -- I'm guessing because writers would volunteer the shit out of a conference if it meant they could go for free.
So next I look at the panels. They look interesting. Damn. Yes, but synopses have let me down before.
Time commitment isn't a factor. It'll cut into my writing time, which if my work isn't sellable then what's the point, anyway, right?
So then I ask myself: I own a library's worth of how-to books, wouldn't the time be just as well spent reading those and applying what you've already learned?
Networking, I answer, cringing. I know few other writers. But then what about the writing groups you've joined?
And why do I keep switching between first and second person? You're worse off than we thought.
TANGENT START: Last night at Jimmy Johns, Jer picked the receipt off the table.
Jer: When did we get a receipt?
Christy: It's always been here. It's been inside of you all along.
I'm no closer to making a decision. All I know is, if I wait another week the price goes up $100. In summation: I think it would be useful. It'd give me a chance to meet other writers. I could still look into volunteering to learn more about the organization. And if the money figures itself out, I'm in.