Good luck with that last part.
Anyway the blurb is as follows "What can a professor, a journalist, a novelist, and a poet teach you about new media? ...we’ll construct a composite of how working writers use technology to invest in their careers, experiment and launch new works, and grow their income opportunities."
It should be noted that they've "got a good-sized room (actually three rooms combined)" so you won't feel at all squashed while you are listening. This is not surprising as the event takes place at the Chicago Hilton Boulevard Room A, B, C 2nd Floor from 13.30 until 16.30 or you can always follow virtually on Twitter with the #awp12 hashtag 2/29-3/3. (That I like.)
It is part of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) conference but seems to be free. There may well be snacks but I can't guarantee that. Find out more here http://www.awpwriter.org/conference/2012schedThurs.php or direct from Robert Lee Brewer who is on the panel http://robertleebrewer.blogspot.com/. There are a lot of literary events going on in Chicago http://www.awpwriter.org/conference/2012offsite.php#.T03lR4dOj4s.
And thanks to Oula Lehtinen for the use of this photo.