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Were You Born To Be a Successful Author?

Until a writer has completed the top-to-bottom task of creating a publishable literary or commercial novel, he or she will never truly know how daunting, nuanced, and frustrating the task can be.

- Michael Neff

According to our biased and successful alums, Algonkian hosts the most productive writer retreats, novel writing courses, and conference events for the writing, market-positioning, and publication of commercial genre and upmarket novels. But you will have to decide for yourself. We are not a fit for everyone. Keep in mind that our ultimate goal is to realistically increase your odds of becoming a published author by showing you how to inhabit that upper percentile of writers who will have their work taken seriously by professionals in the business. We don't believe good writers are born. We believe they are made by virtue of their own tenacity and ability to... [more]







December 2 - 5, 2016.

Hallie Ephron stars as mentor faculty at the French Quarter Author-Mentor. She is a famous American novelist, book reviewer, journalist, and writing teacher. She is the author of nine novels including "Never Tell a Lie," "There Was an Old Woman," and "Come and Find Me," as well as an Edgar Award finalist and four-time finalist for the Mary Higgins Clark Award. Hallie grew up in a family of writers, her parents Phoebe and Henry writing screenplays for famous films such as There's No Business Like Show Business. Hallie's how-to book, "Writing and Selling Your Mystery Novel: How to Knock 'Em Dead with Style," was nominated for a 2006 Edgar Award, and her novel "Never Tell a Lie" was made into a Lifetime television movie.

The French Quarter Author-Mentor Novel Workshop provides an ideal mix of experienced professionals dedicated to working one-on-one with aspiring authors to not only teach them the knowledge and skills they must have to be successful, but also provide them with valuable commentary on their completed novel or work-in-progress. All writers will work with a best selling author, an entertainment exec, a senior publishing house editor of best sellling authors, as well as two top literary agents and a seasoned writing workshop leader who is also a successful fiction writer .... [More]








November 2 - 6, 2016.

Only once before have such experienced writer-mentor professionals gathered on the wondrously scenic and soothing Monterey Peninsula for the express purpose of working intimately with aspiring authors, fiction and memoir writers. In fact though, literary people of all kinds have journeyed for over a century to this location on the California west coast. They come in search of inspiration, individuality, purpose and vision, but more importantly, they all eventually come to share an understanding that art has preceded their arrival in the form of a brutally beautiful sea and windswept white shore, in the poetry of the twisted cypress, and in the kaleidoscope of abundant wildlife... [continued]











ROLLING ADMISSIONS.

The Algonkian Novel Writing Courses were brainstormed by the faculty and director of Algonkian Writer Conferences, and later tested by NYC publishing professionals for practical and time-sensitive utilization by genre (YA, SF/F, mystery/thriller, WF, etc.) writers as well as upmarket literary writers who desire to become career authors. Therefore, if you wish to begin or restart your novel, rewrite it with guidance, or just reality-check the progress with our faculty professionals, you've come to the right place.

The goal is to get you as close to the brass ring as possible, to make your novel as commercially competitive as it needs to be on all levels while avoiding critical missteps, bad advice, and exorbitant prices for classes and mentorship. And it does not matter what stage your novel is currently in, or where you are in your writing life. The program steps and methodology, as well as the faculty, enable you to learn and grow as a writer together with your novel, and at your own pace. Once you accomplish the program, your work is thoroughly reviewed by our professionals and together you set publication goals, discuss agent representation options, and engage in manuscript and project edits as needed and appropriate ... [continued]






      by Michael Neff


Will Writer Cat Overcome?
WE CAN ONLY HOPE THAT WRITER CAT WILL REALIZE THE COMPLETE TRUTH.

If not, he's in for a rough road because he'll never become published unless and until he revises his opinion. At a conservative estimate, upwards of 250,000 writer cats in the U.S. are currently struggling to write or find an agent for their first commercial novel or memoir. If you understand this business, you also know why an enormous percentage are unable to make it happen. Below are the top seven reasons why otherwise passionate writers will join the 99.9% never to become commercially published. BTW, these conclusions are based on Algonkian experience with writers of every stripe imaginable... [continued]






      by Michael Neff


Without Proper Advice Though, No Publication
OUTSIDE OF EXCESS NARCISSISM, BAD ADVICE IS A WRITER'S WORST ENEMY.

If you ever run or attend writer conferences, you will never cease to hear utterances of bad writing advice, the popular kind that circulates like a ruinous viral meme through the nervous systems of America's aborning fiction and novel writers. And each time you are exposed, you either chuckle or swear, depending on your mood and the circumstance. You might make a daring attempt to kill the meme in its tracks before it can infect someone else... [continued]





Were You Born to Be a Successful Author?

According to our biased and successful alums, Algonkian hosts the most productive writer retreats, novel writing courses, and conference events for the writing, market-positioning, and publication of commercial genre and upmarket novels. But you will have to decide for yourself. We are not a fit for everyone. Keep in mind that our ultimate goal is to realistically increase your odds of becoming a published author by showing you how to inhabit that upper percentile of writers who will have their work taken seriously by professionals in the business. We don't believe good writers are born. We believe they are made by virtue of their own tenacity and ability to acquire the knowledge necessary to achieve commercial success.







At Algonkian events, only top literary agents, authors, and publishing house editors are selected as faculty. The critical advice you receive regarding market positioning, story premise and plot, character arc and evolution, competitive narrative voice, and all else, is provided only by these professionals. You receive comprehensive pre-event assignments and readings ( e.g., Write to Market ) as well as access to a story-building online assignment forum; and at the conclusion of events, we brainstorm individual publication plans for our writers going forward. As an Algonkian alum you are invited, at no cost, to join our online community, the Algonkian Author Salon, in order to further perfect your work as needed while having it followed by agents who frequent the website searching for projects to represent.

Below are introductions to both our online and offline events, writer conferences and workshops, including the New York Pitch Conference. Links to more info regarding the books displayed below and their relationship to Algonkian can be found at Algonkian Commentary and on Algonkian AS News.



ALGONKIAN WRITER CONFERENCES WEBSITE
  Algonkian Workshops, Conferences, and Retreats
Information and connections to Algonkian events throughout the year including the New York Pitch, Algonkian and Monterey Novel Retreats, the Write to Market Conference and The Santa Barbara A-M, plus writer commentary, syllabus, articles, the new agent blog, and more. Notable links include the Algonkian FAQ and the Event Comparison page ... Read More


ALGONKIAN AUTHOR SALON.COM
  Online Community For Writer Groups and Showcasing Work to Agents
The Algonkian Author Salon serves as an effective bridge between aspiring authors and business professionals in commercial publishing. AAS editors actively network with major New York publishers, as well as top literary agents. Writers at the Algonkian Author Salon may join or form effective writer critique groups ... Read More


THE NEW YORK PITCH CONFERENCE
  Algonkian Workshops, Writer Conferences, Retreats
The flag ship of the Algonkian writer events. If you can make it here you'll make it national, and perhaps even land a few foreign rights sales. Best acquisition editors and workshop leaders in NYC take you through the paces of writing and pitching successful a commercial novel. Success rate speaks for itself. Notables include New York Pitch Conference News Page and Faculty page ... Read More


ALGONKIAN NOVEL WRITING COURSES AND MS REVIEW
  16 Course-Module Novel Incubator
Write or rewrite your novel as you progress through the online Algonkian program a step at a time, the aim to make it as commercially competitive as possible on all levels. Your work is reviewed by a faculty professional who acts as your mentor, and together you set publication goals and discuss representation options while engaging in edits as needed ... Read More


ALGONKIAN AUTHOR CONNECT AT AUTHORSALON.COM
  Algonkian Online Forums and RSS Feed Board
Home of the Algonkian Novel Writing Program forums and 16 assignment modules covering all aspects of market, structure, and craft; banners to Eudora and Ray, All The Epiphany You Can Swallow, and more; AAS Commons and as well as writer news feeds by Salon.Com, Women on Writing, Chuck Sambuchino, Writer Unboxed, and Evil Editor ... Read More


A Gallery of Memories to Celebrate Our 13 Year Anniversary
  Algonkian Conference Event Photos and Captions
We can't believe it either. After starting on the banks of the Potomac in 2002, Algonkian has grown from a single novel workshop to an ongoing series of successful events from Santa Barbara to New York city. In honor of the anniversary, we've included a few pics from past events, even Harper's Ferry. Highlights include, "Bring Me Coffee or I'll Make a Napkin Puppet!" ... Read More











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At the Monterey Writer Retreat you can be as goal-focused or hesitant in approach as you wish. You can show us your manuscript, improve your skills, clear your head, have your work read by our onsite writer mentors, whatever works for you, whatever helps you grow and find your vision as a writer... [more]







THE NEW YORK PITCH CONFERENCE




It began at Algonkian Park and evolved into "The Fiction Class" by Susan Breen. Going into 2016, Algonkian events have assisted and networked writers into dozens of agent and publishing contracts. More information can be found on our commentary page.  


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