St. Augustine

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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 ideal location for a stimulating and productive writer event.

The Author-Mentor Novel Workshop in St. Augustine 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... [more]

How Does The St. Augustine 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 St. Augustine AMW creates a way for the aspiring author to get close and relaxed with published authors and business professionals in a manner that larger events disallow. Sufficient private face time with the right people is priceless.

Second, attendees learn (even before the workshop begins by means of pre-event assignments and mailings) to address all the major conflict/complication, plot, narrative/voice, dialogue, scene construction, and character arc-and-development issues that affect their novel. Additionally, writers can schedule a pre-event novel consult with Algonkian faculty to discuss major elements and issues, and in this way also get a head start on the workshop.

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

Fourth, the St. Augustine workshop requires the writer to complete exercises far more advanced and beneficial than those conducted by MFA programs or private writer events.

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, St. Augustine Author-Mentor 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 about the Algonkian approach in general, see the Frequently Asked Questions web page located on the main Algonkian website.

The St. Augustine Author-Mentor employs the Algonkian workshop syllabus, the Algonkian Study Guide, as well as an array of craft essays and articles written by Algonkian faculty. Once you've overviewed them, it will be obvious that literary craft at the St. Augustine event is utilized more exhaustively than at other commercial or academic workshops. [more]

The Bayfront Marin House Bed-and-Breakfast

The Bayfront Marin House Bed-and-Breakfast (reviews) is one of the finest St. Augustine inns, combining an ideal location with the sort of personalized attention you'd expect from the area's top bed and breakfast inn. Its location is only steps away from St. Augustine's numerous shops, restaurants, and activities. The inn provides a deluxe continental breakfast daily, so you can sit back and enjoy the morning. Later in the day, you can enjoy mingling with other writers and faculty around complimentary wine and cheese or evening port and sherry.

The Bayfront Inn Marin House 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 and retreat.

Sample of Bayfront Marin House Rooms (reviews)

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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.

The 2019 St. Augustine A-M takes place on February 28 - March 3 (Thursday to Sunday) with arrival and a meet-up session on the evening of February 27th. Faculty include Pulitzer Prize-winning author Robert Olen Butler, Executive Editor to bestselling authors Lyssa Keusch, bestselling author Hallie Ephron, publisher and entertainment executive Brendan Deneen, literary agent and author Paula Munier, and Algonkian author-agent-editor, Michael Neff. Much more on them below.

Lyssa Lyssa Keusch
Executive Editor
William Morrow

Executive Editor Lyssa Keusch acquires primarily commercial fiction for the William Morrow/Avon imprint of HarperCollins Publishers. Her main focus is on rich, textured, thought-provoking commercial women's fiction, contemporary upmarket or historical fiction, and high-concept thrillers, mysteries and suspense. She is also known to pass along high-concept fantasy work to interested editors at HC. Lyssa has launched the careers of New York Times bestselling authors James Rollins ($15 Million Deal) and Julia Quinn, with whom she is thrilled to continue to work. Among her other authors are New York Times bestsellers J. A. Jance, Jefferson Bass, Samantha James, and Elizabeth Boyle, award-winners Jamie Freveletti, Sean Chercover, Robin Burcell, and Mary Daheim, and international bestsellers Kathryn Fox and Glenn Cooper. While her list is generally comprised of commercial fiction, she enjoys editing the occasional narrative nonfiction project as well, keeping an eye out for memoir.

Robert Olen Butler Robert Olen Butler
Author and Distinguished Professor

Robert Olen Butler has published fifteen novels, including "They Whisper," "Fair Warning," "A Small Hotel," and three works of literary entertainment in the Christopher Marlowe Cobb historical thriller series. He also has published six volumes of short fiction, including "A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain," which won the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Among his other awards are a Guggenheim Fellowship in fiction, the Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Foundation Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the 2013 F. Scott Fitzgerald Award for Outstanding Achievement in American Literature. His works have been translated into twenty languages. He holds a distinguished Frances Eppes Professorship at Florida State University.

Hallie Ephron Hallie Ephron
New York Times Best Selling Author

Hallie Ephron 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.

She is also an award-winning crime fiction book reviewer for the Boston Globe and teaches fiction writing at writer conferences.

Brendan Deneen Brendan Deneen
Publisher and Executive Editor of Macmillan Entertainment

Brendan Deneen is a published author, a publishing house editor for Thomas Dunne Books, as well as the new executive editor of Macmillan Entertainment. He is actively looking for projects and concepts in a range of genres that can be made into novels, films, and long-running TV series. He began his career at the William Morris Agency, then onto Scott Rudin Productions and more development/production experience at Bob and Harvey Weinstein. Now one of the biggest mover-shakers in New York, Brendan has projects set up at Warner Brothers (with Bradley Cooper attached to star), MGM (with Dwayne Johnson attached to star), Universal TV (with Charlize Theron to produce) CBS, Warner Brothers TV, Endemol, Sundance TV, Legendary Pictures, and The Weinstein Company, among others. His debut novel, "The Ninth Circle," was named one of the best books of 2014 by Suspense Magazine and was recently adapted into a stage play.

Paula Munier Paula Munier
Agent and Author

Senior Literary Agent & Content Strategist at Talcott Notch Literary, Paula Munier, has created and marketed exceptional content in all formats across all markets for such media giants as WGBH, Fidelity, and Disney. A writer and editor before becoming an agent, she's sold over 70 projects to the Big Five as well as many other publishers, most recent including the New York Times bestseller "Orphan #8" by Kim Van Alkemade, "Murder in G Major" by Alexia Gordon, "A Good Man With a Dog" by Roger Guay and Kate Flora, "Swiss Vendetta" by Tracee De Hahn, and "Christmas Chocolat" by Kate Defrise. Paula is always looking for good crime fiction, women's fiction, mainstream fiction, high-concept YA and SF/Fantasy fiction, as well as nonfiction. She is the author of several books, including "Writing With Quiet Hands," "Plot Perfect," and "Fixing Freddie: A True Story About a Boy, A Mom, And a Very, Very Bad Eagle."

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 in various genres into agent and publication contracts, including such novels as "On Maggie's Watch" by Ann Garvin, "Lipstick In Afghanistan" by Roberta Gately, "Croak" by Gina Damico, "The Edge of Normal" by Carla Norton, "Murder at Barclay Meadow" by Wendy Eckel, and "The Wisdom Of Hair" by Kim Boykin. Michael is also the "Bay Area Associate" for AEI Film Productions in Los Angeles. As an agent associate, he is actively searching for high concept projects that can be transformed into films or books. He collaborates with Macmillan Entertainment's executive editor, Brendan Deneen, to develop new high-concept projects for film and print, recently serving as a developmental editor for MAGICIAN'S IMPOSSIBLE--to be published in 2016 and recently sold to Fox Studios for television production. 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's novel, ALL THE DARK WE WILL NOT SEE is published by Serving House Books, and his fiction and poetry have appeared in such prestigious publications as North American Review, Quarterly West, Mudlark, The Literary Review, and Conjunctions, among many others.

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