Just noticed this on gamasutra
Australian Workshop on Interactive Entertainment
13 February 2004, Sydney
Can't recall if it's been mentioned in the forums before (i think it may have been a few months ago?) thought i'd drop it in since it's on in a couple days.
Looks pretty interesting if you're in sydney.
Bit expensive though maybe (nothing compared to AGDC prices though!)
I've never met the guy or anything, but from interviews of him i've read, and articles he's written, he seems to have a *very* high opinion of himself as a game designer...particularly considering the last game he designed that released was probably over 10 years ago...
(Heres hoping i'm actually thinking of the right person :) )
So, i don't think you're particularly missing out by not speaking alongside him :)