Agenda, Workshop Content, and Prep [ HOME ]
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) Apply advanced story and narrative technique to their novel-in-progress.
3) Hone and improve their writer voice and style.
4) Learn the necessary inside mechanics of the publishing business.
5) Leave the workshop with a detailed plan to work towards publication of their novel.
Group workshop sessions will be interspersed with agent and author consultations, workshop assignments, as well as consults with workshop leaders.
Pre-Conference Study and Exercises
Please note, upon successful application and registration, students will be emailed a novel reading list, as well as pre-workshop assignments that focus on any one of several areas vital to plot and character development. Additionally, writers who so desire may request an analysis of their novel or work-in-progress ahead of time by Algonkian professionals.
The pre-workshop analysis focuses on several aspects of the structure, premise, and narrative. Writers may thus take advantage of this opportunity to improve their novel before they discuss and pitch during the workshop.
Workshop Study Details
In the context of the novel, or novel-in-progress, writers in the Santa Barbara AMW will study and apply an array of narrative, scene, and structure technique, thus enabling them to begin, enhance, and/or reconstruct their work in more powerful and innovative ways. Exercises are derived from analysis of a select group of works by such dramatists and authors as Sue Monk Kid, Mitch Albom, Gail Godwin, Annie Proulx, Michael Chabon, Flannery O'Connor, Barbara Kingsolver, Tennessee Williams, Robert Graves, Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Nabokov, and others.
The workshop approach to the novel will follow the daunting yet popular Algonkian syllabus. By immersing in the craft and narrative learned from select authors, the writer's expectations and goals for their own novel are considerably raised. Writers will be provided with considerable reference materials, including the ALGONKIAN WORKSHOP STUDY GUIDE which includes character analysis, dramatic complication guides, theme notes, structure and narrative checklists, and much more.
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