If you dig the pieces we air on The Listening Lounge, you might consider attending the Third Coast International Audio Festival. It's an annual gathering for audio and documentary producers that convenes in Chicago each autumn. This year's conference is scheduled for November 1-3. The conference is an opportunity for producers to come together, listen to each other's work and share ideas and expertise. The three-day conference features listening sessions and panel discussions about topics ranging from the practical to the philosophical and culminates with an awards ceremony honoring the winners of the TCF / Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition.
You don't actually need to travel to Chicago to benefit from the conference. Organizers upload audio files of presentations and sessions on their website.