WIFYR, it sound's like a dog sneezed, but it's actually an acronym for Writing and Illustrating For Young Readers. It is a wonderful conference held at the Waterford School in Sandy, Utah each year that has specific classes tailored to picture book, middle grade, young adult and branches into fantasy, science fiction and paranormal writing, as well as illustration. The morning consists of a small class with writers in your genre honing your skills. The afternoon is open to a variety of classes to chose from, more like the traditional conference.
I learned so much at this years conference, both in the morning and the afternoon. The presenters are top notch authors and illustrators who really know their stuff. You can learn more about the conference by checking out this link http://www.wifyr.com/
It's a little pricey, as conferences go, but it's well worth it. Attending the afternoon classes cuts the price way down and you still come away with a wealth of knowledge. If you can go, do it. All the dogs are talking about it.