The Villa Rosa Inn

The Santa Barbara 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 Santa Barbara event, aspiring authors will: 1) work one-on-one with top 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 ... [more]

How Does The Santa Barbara Author-Mentor Workshop Differ from Other Writer Events?

In several fundamental ways, as we note above, but we will elaborate. First of all, and most importantly, the Santa Barbara AMW creates a way for the writer to get close and relaxed with authors and professionals in a manner that larger events disallow. Private face time with the right people is priceless.

Second, attendees are taught (even before the workshop begins by means of pre-event assignments and mailings) to address all the major conflict/complication, plot, theme, narrative/voice, dialogue, scene construction, and character arc-and-development issues that affect their novel.

Third, writers are prepped in advance for their interactive sessions with authors and literary agents, and the sessions are not rushed. The authors and agents are relaxed during the sessions and not bombarded by hundreds of conference goers.

Fourth, the Santa Barbara AMW requires the writer to complete exercises far more advanced and beneficial than those conducted at other conference workshops.

Fifth, amateur opinions do not arise to compromise the quality of the workshop. Judgments on a writer's work are approved, filtered, and/or provided by professionals in attendance.

Come Prepared to Write and Learn From The Best

Because this workshop accepts far fewer writers than most conferences, those writers who are accepted are given more time to establish relationships with professionals who are present; and unlike several major celeb conferences, Santa Barbara AMW doesn't simply import name authors or agents to give inspirational messages and smile over cocktails.

Our prize-winning faculty are there to meet with writers in a setting conducive to productive discussion of writing and publishing. Writers with manuscripts will have an opportunity to pitch their work, and writers with works-in-progress will be able to network and learn about the publishing biz. To read more information about our approach, click on Frequently Asked Questions.

The Santa Barbara AMW employs the Algonkian workshop syllabus as well as the Algonkian study guide and reference manual. Once you've examined them, it will be obvious that literary craft at the Santa is taught more exhaustively than craft at other workshops and conferences. [more]

The Villa Rosa Inn: Where It Happens

The Villa Rosa Inn is one of the finest Santa Barbara inns, combining an ideal location with the sort of personalized attention you'd expect from the area's top bed and breakfast inn. Every room at the Villa Rosa boasts a spectacular view, whether of the ocean, the harbor, the mountains, or their beautiful garden courtyard. The inn also offers deluxe rooms with fireplaces. Its location is only 84 steps away from Santa Barbara's stunning East Beach, as well as an easy stroll away from famous Stearns Wharf, with its numerous shops, restaurants, and activities.

The inn provides a deluxe continental breakfast daily, so you can sit back and enjoy the morning. For total relaxation, you can lounge by the pool or soak in the spa in the garden courtyard. Later in the day, you can enjoy mingling with other writers and faculty around complimentary wine and cheese or evening port and sherry.

The Villa Rosa Inn is a unique environment that offers all of the amenities associated with larger resort hotels, while maintaining the intimacy of a small inn. The quality of construction, the ambiance of the interior design and the attentive, personable staff ensure that no detail is overlooked.

We could not have chosen a more suitable location for this type of intimate workshop.

Algonkian Writer Conferences
2020 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Ste 443
Washington, DC 20006

Algonkian Home Office:
Phone: 1-800-250-8290

The Santa Barbara Author-Mentor is a unique and intimate novel workshop that takes place on February 28 - March 3, 2013. It 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.

Faculty include Pulitzer Prize-winning authors Jane Smiley and Robert Olen Butler, literary agent of renown Kimberley Cameron, agent and major film producer Ken Atchity, writer/author and popular columnist Cary Tennis, and Algonkian director and editor, Michael Neff. More on them below.

Kimberley Cameron Kimberley Cameron
Literary Agent

Kimberley Cameron was the co-founder of Knightsbridge Publishing Company with offices in New York and Los Angeles. In 1993 she became partners with Dorris Halsey of The Reece Halsey Agency, founded in 1957. Among its clients have been Aldous Huxley, William Faulkner, Upton Sinclair, and Henry Miller. She opened Reece Halsey North in 1995 and Reece Halsey Paris in 2006. Her associate Elizabeth Evans opened Reece Halsey New York in 2008, and in 2009 the agency became Kimberley Cameron & Associates. Kimberley has been a guest speaker at numerous writer's conferences over the years. She is looking for exceptional writing in any field, particularly writing that touches the heart, and makes us feel something. She's been successful with many different genres, and especially loves the thrill of securing representation for debut authors.

Robert Olen Butler Robert Olen Butler
Author, Teacher, Reviewer

Robert Olen Butler has published twelve novels including "The Alleys of Eden," "Sun Dogs," "Countrymen of Bones," "On Distant Ground," "Wabash," and and "The Deep Green Sea," as well as six volumes of short fiction including "Tabloid Dreams," "Weegee Stories," and "A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain," which won the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. A recipient of both a Guggenheim Fellowship in fiction and a National Endowment for the Arts grant, he also won the Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Foundation Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award. He has twice won a National Magazine Award in Fiction and has received two Pushcart Prizes. His works have been translated into nineteen languages. He holds a distinguished Frances Eppes Professorship at Florida State University.

Jane Smiley Jane Smiley
Author, Teacher, Reviewer

Jane Smiley won a 1985 O. Henry Award for her short story "Lily", which was published in The Atlantic Monthly. Her best-selling "A Thousand Acres" received the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1992. It was adapted into a film of the same title in 1997. Her novella "The Age of Grief" was made into the 2002 film The Secret Lives of Dentists. "Thirteen Ways of Looking at the Novel" (2005), is a non-fiction meditation on the history and the nature of the novel that roams from eleventh century Japan's Murasaki Shikibu's The Tale of Genji to 21st-century American women's literature. From 1981 to 1996, Smiley taught undergraduate and graduate creative writing workshops at Iowa State University. In 2001, Smiley was elected a member of The American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Ken Atchity Ken Atchity
Literary Agent and Film Producer

With more than forty years experience in the publishing world, and over fifteen years in entertainment, Ken Atchity and his organization are responsible for launching dozens of books and films. His life's passion is finding great storytellers and turning them into bestselling authors and screenwriters. As well as being a famed literary agent at AEI, he has produced 26 films, including "Joe Somebody" (Tim Allen; Fox), "Life or Something Like It" (Angelina Jolie; Fox), "Shadow of Obsession" (NBC), "The Madam's Family" (CBS), "Henry's List of Wrongs" (New Line), and Ripley's Believe-It-Or-Not (starring Jim Carrey; Paramount-- approaching production). His 14 books on writing cover every stage of a writer's career.

Cary Tennis Cary Tennis
Author, Columnist, Teacher

Cary Tennis writes's famous SINCE YOU ASKED advice column, which boasts a readership of over half a million readers per month. In an unusual format for advice columns, "Since you Asked" publishes long letters, sometimes of 1,000 words, and equally long responses. The fiction side of Cary attended the masters program in creative writing at SF State and is currently working on an upmarket novel entitled "Burning The Rain Girl." He runs writing workshops in San Francisco and online, employing The Amherst Writers and Artists method. He also hosts creative getaways on Northern California's Tomales Bay and is currently planning a destination writing getaway in Italy for summer 2013.

Michael Neff Michael Neff
Author, Teacher, Algonkian Director/Creator

Due to his "Algonkian method" novel writing events and editorial expertise, Michael Neff, Algonkian founder and director, has ushered dozens of authors over the past several years into agent and publication contracts with major houses, including such novels as On Maggie's Watch by Ann Garvin, Lipstick In Afghanistan by Roberta Gately, Croak by Gina Damico, and The Wisdom Of Hair by Kim Boykin. He routinely works closely with senior publishing house editors in New York to locate and tap potential in budding new authors working in a variety of genres including upmarket literary and general fiction, serious and light women's fiction, narrative non-fiction, historical fiction, mystery, SF and YA fantasy. Michael has also created, directed, and contributed as editor to several literary journals and projects including The Potomac Journal of Poetry and Politics, Del Sol Review, In Posse Review, and Double Room. Michael is a published author (YEAR OF THE RHINOCEROS, Red Hen Press), and his fiction has appeared in such prestigious publications as North American Review, Quarterly West, Mudlark, The Literary Review, and Conjunctions, among many others.

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