Microsoft and local developers are putting on a road show of sorts. The Windows Phone App Garage is a free, full day event to help Windows Phone developers get up to speed quickly on Windows Phone development.
The typical day in the Windows Phone Garage starts out with an introduction to Windows Phone development that covers the fundamentals of Silverlight and XNA development. From there you learn about what's new for Windows Phone developers which is followed by a Windows Phone application jumpstart. After the break for lunch, the remainder of the day is spent in an open lab where you can get hands on help in your app development.
Again, these are free workshops but space may be limited depending on the venue. There is a Windows Phone App Garage scheduled for Birmingham at the local Innovation Depot. Being just a stone's throw away, we'll drop by to see what we can learn.
You can find out if a Windows Phone App Garage is in your area here.