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Bio of Michael Neff - Algonkian Writer Conferences

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NEW INTERVIEW WITH MICHAEL NEFF BY ANDREA HURST OF AUTHORNOMICS wherein he discusses recent agent work, films in the making, Algonkian methods, the problems with muddled pitches and adamant narcissists, and much more.

Articles on fiction and novel craft written by Michael Neff including the Six Act Two-Goal Novel, Storyboarding Your Scene, Studies in Third Person POV, and more.

More information on Michael Neff's role in the formation and evolution of Algonkian Writer Conferences can be found here.

AEI Films and Books (updated filmography on Wikipedia) produces mainstream, HBO/Cinemax, and independent films, while also developing and agenting best selling novels. Michael Neff is an agent and developmental editor for AEI and currently involved in the development of both book and film projects including THE FIVE PENS OF JOHANNES (fantasy novel by Richard Hacker), SISTER ISLANDS (HBO series and book by Melanie Rollins), MESSAGE TO SHIGATSE (film by Don Thompson), THREE ALARM SHIH-TZU (film - Storycreator and Producer Michael Neff), and DEVIL'S BAY (thriller film).




Michael is one of two Developmental Executives for AEI Films and Story Merchant in Los Angeles. He is actively searching for high concept projects that can be transformed into films or books, or both. His recent and upcoming agent deals include RISE OF THE AMERICAN CORPORATE SECURITY STATE (Berrett-Koehler) by Beatrice Edwards, MURDER AT BARCLAY MEADOW (Thomas Dunne) by Wendy Eckel, THE FIVE PENS OF JOHANNES by Richard Hacker, and MY LIFE BEHIND BRAS - A MAMMOIR by Lori Kaplan. He is on the AEI/SM developmental team for SISTER ISLANDS (TV series and novel), MESSAGE TO SHIGATSE (film with Nextpix productions), DEVILS BAY (film), and also story creator and co-producer for THREE ALARM SHIH-TZU, a Disney-esque animal story. In addition, he is collaborating with Macmillan Entertainment's executive editor, Brendan Deneen, to develop new high-concept projects for both film and print.

He is the founder and director of Algonkian Writer Conferences and its associated events. As a result of his "Algonkian method" workshops and his own editorial expertise, Michael and his programs have ushered dozens of authors over the past several years into agent and publication contracts with major houses. In his capacity as the director of the New York Pitch Conference he works with senior publishing house editors 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 fantasy.

Michael contributes as editor and publisher to several journals and literary projects, including but not limited to Del Sol Press, The Potomac Journal of Poetry and Politics, and Double Room. His own work has appeared in such literary journals as the North American Review, Quarterly West, Pittsburgh Quarterly, The Literary Review, American Way Magazine, and Conjunctions. His novel, YEAR OF THE RHINOCEROS, was published by Red Hen Press in 2009. He was one of the winners of the first Imitation William Faulkner Contest sponsored by the University of Mississippi, and has served as judge for various writing contests, including the Writer's Digest Finalist Prize for best short fiction. He is a founder, contributing editor and content provider for Author Salon and its novel writing program, and a founder and contributor to a popular writer blog known as The Writer's Edge that provides assistance to nascent authors.







 





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