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Godspeed You and Great Writers are Not Born

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.

The rules governing the art of fiction, or good storytelling, remain in place regardless of genre and have pretty much endured since Apollonius of Rhodes (with some modifications added by Shakespeare, etc.) wrote his imaginative and suspenseful Argonaut tales. But if you happen to be one of those who believes that writing fiction, or a novel, should be accomplished "from the heart" or "without plan," thereby rejecting notions of market-placement and plot line development (among other things), then it is truly best for all if you move on to other writer events or perhaps even an MFA. Godspeed you.

If you are still reading, please know that until a writer has completed the top-to-bottom task of creating a publishable literary or commercial novel, he or she will never know how truly daunting and frustrating the task can be. This fact isn't meant to be demoralizing, it's meant to prepare you for reality. Our ultimate goal, therefore, 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. Great writers are not born. They are made by virtue of their own tenacity and ability to acquire the knowledge necessary to achieve commercial success.


Our most frequently asked question, and the answer as follows:
    My novel is at an early stage. Is this event right for me?

    Our events are for writers at all stages, and the earlier the stage, the more the writer benefits. If we're working on story development, premise, appropriate narrative skills, and scene creation, for example, then the sooner you master these, the better for your novel, and for you as a writer. Also, why spend an extra two or three years on a development arc that won't work? Or a premise that won't sell? Why not proactively solve these critical elements, and in a way that will lead to actual commercial success?

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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]







February 28 - March 3, 2019.

The St. Augustine 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 Pulitzer winner, a Hollywood Producer, a senior publishing house editor, as well as two literary agents and a seasoned writing workshop leader.

Founded in 1565, St. Augustine is the oldest city in America. But what is the oldest city in America like? Imagine the French Quarter in New Orleans meets Santa Cruz, California, and as a bonus, a miles-long strip of white Cocoa Beach thrown in for good measure. The best of classic Florida and old-world Spain fuse to form a unique world that provides us with the ideal location for both a stimulating and productive writer event.

The St. Augustine Author-Mentor Novel Workshop creates an intimate and professional environment that combines private meetings with small-group workshops, thus enabling aspiring authors to wisely approach the writing and publication of their novel. At the St. Augustine event, aspiring authors will: 1) work one-on-one with authors and savvy market professionals; 2) acquire the market skills and advanced story and narrative technique they must know to become published; 3) learn the necessary inside mechanics of the publishing business; and 4) leave the workshop with a detailed plan to work towards publication of their novel... [continued]








The Algonkian Writer Retreat and Novel Workshop now includes new pre-event craft studies as well as a pre-event phone consultation, a broader range of faculty, new and vital workshops, as well as extended personal time with business professionals. In keeping with the spirit of this place and the goals of this unique workshop retreat, you can be as goal-oriented or as hesitant in approach as you wish. You can show us your manuscript, improve your skills, have your work read by our writer mentors, attend our workshops, pitch a literary agent or two, whatever works for you, whatever helps you grow and discover your vision as a writer... [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]




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












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At the Algonkian Writer Retreat you have lots of options. You can go to a workshop or three, discuss your novel with us, have your synopsis and writing samples read by our onsite mentors, or just clear your head and find your path, whatever works for you, whatever helps you grow as an aspiring author... [more]


In keeping with the spirit of writers gone before on the California coast, you can be as goal-focused at the Monterey Writer Retreat, or as 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 author-agent mentors, whatever helps you grow and find your vision as a writer ... [more]


The new SCI-FI and FANTASY workshops at the New Worlds, New Voices conference are some of Algonkian's best. Extensive pre-event and post-event work. Like other Algonkian workshops, it begins before you arrive and continues after you depart. The NWNV faculty is dedicated to helping you become a published SFF author. For all sub-genres and stages... [more]


It began at Algonkian Park and evolved into "The Fiction Class" by Susan Breen. Going into 2018, 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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