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It takes not only heart, but brains and savvy to be successful in today's extremely competitive market. To that end, a method has been developed by Algonkian to maximize a writer's chance for publication, and in larger writer events and small-group events held nationwide, we work with serious writers in all genres who wish to either begin the novel, greatly improve their novel-in-progress, or study and apply advanced novel craft while learning the demands of the market as well as the need for platform (where appropriate). See our FAQ below for more information.


How Can You Possibly Get So Many Writers Published?


How Are Algonkian Events Unlike Other Conferences?


Which to Attend First, WTM, NYC or Algonkian?


If I Wish to Attend, Will I Automatically Be Accepted?


What is The Algonkian Novel Writing Program Online?


How Did Algonkian Get Started?


What is The Purpose of Algonkian?


What Genres Do You Work With?


Do You Have a Syllabus?


How Does Algonkian Differ From An MFA Approach?


How Do Writers Interact With Agents?


Any Pre-Conference Work Involved?


What is a Typical Conference Schedule Like?




How Can You Possibly Get So Many Writers Published?

By taking the time and making the effort to put together competitive programs and materials that give aspiring authors the edge they need. Compare our approach to those at other writer conferences or workshops.

 


How Are Algonkian Events Unlike Other Conferences?

  • No bells or lines or timers - sufficient time and productive dialogues with faculty.
  • MS and narrative reviewed and critiqued by faculty only, not attendees.
  • Comprehensive 86-page novel-and-fiction study guide.
  • Pre-event online assignment and article forum.
  • Small and relaxed groups that facilitate interaction.
  • Extensive pitch and story prep before agent sessions.
  • Unique and challenging pre-conference assignments that focus on all major novel elements.
  • The only commercial writer events on the planet with a syllabus (correct us if we're wrong).
  • Focus on the major areas of marketing, high-concept premise, platform and competitive execution.
  • Superior in-shop writing assignments and story dissection.
  • Less fluff and more work - seven hours per day of workshops as well as evening assignments (we do give breaks).
  • No inappropriate backslapping - emphasis on pragmatism and truth telling (btw, the market is tougher).
  • No tedious lectures or Writing 101 panels.
  • Faculty chosen for wisdom as well as compassion - no snobs.

 


Which To Attend First, WTM, NYC or Algonkian or ...?

It is preferable to attend an Algonkian workshop event or at least the Write to Market Conference before the New York Pitch Conference. Why? Because it makes more sense to straighten out as many wrinkles in the novel as possible before presenting it to New York publishing. New York Pitch is generally considered the top of the literary food chain.

 


If I Wish to Attend, Will I Automatically Be Accepted?

We have an application process designed to separate serious writers from the hobbyists. Nothing will harm a workshop faster than someone who doesn't belong. Other factors in the selection process include event size and type. Regardless, we work with new writers as well as advanced writers, and even published authors. We want attendees who are willing to shelve the ego and acquire the craft and market knowledge they need to realistically approach the creation, or completion, of a competitive commercial novel.

 


What is the Algonkian Novel Writing Program Online?

The best novel writing program in the U.S. (online or off). The Algonkian method is incorporated and enhanced into sixteen course modules that guide the writer a step at a time through the novel writing process. Writers complete the program at their own pace and at the conclusion their work is edited and reviewed by Algonkian faculty with an aim toward commercial publication.

 


How Did Algonkian Get Started?

We held the first group workshop at Algonkian Park in Virginia, back in 2002. The name stuck. Then we began holding larger events, improving the method while adding on more faculty and network.

 


What is The Purpose of Algonkian?

To enable writers in all genres a chance at becoming published authors by providing them with the craft skills, professional connections, and savvy they need to succeed in today's fiercely competitive market. Every writer leaves an Algonkian event with a detailed plan for working towards the publication of their novel.

 


What Genres Do You Work With?

Almost all genres. Upscale/literary, memoir and narrative non-fiction, mystery/thriller and detective/cozy genres, urban fantasy, YA and adult fantasy, middle-grade, historical fiction, general fiction and women's fiction. Our agent and publisher faculty handle all genres.

 


Do You Have a Syllabus?

Yes, a complete syllabus and a list of authors studied can be found here. We believe that in order to stand a realistic chance of having a novel manuscript published, the writer must first learn the fundamentals and complexities of craft employed by the best authors. Secondly, and just as important, the writer must understand the publishing market.

 


How Does Algonkian Differ From An MFA Approach?

Algonkian emphasizes writing-to-get-published, creation in the context of heart, wit, and market knowledge. We teach writers to think pragmatically about the development of their ms while retaining their core values for the work. Our motto is "From the Heart, but Smart." College MFA programs do not prep a writer for the cold reality of the current publishing climate. Many of our most grateful writers are graduates of MFA programs.

 


How Do Writers Interact With Agents?

Each student pitches his or her novel to the agent. The model for the pitch is a "book jacket" the student creates with the help of the workshop leader prior to the pitch session. The process is part of a longer evolution the student begins even before arriving at the conference. Once the pitch is accomplished, the agent interacts with the student in a Q&A session. The workshop leader then follows up with the student to create a plan for publication, i.e., a step-by-step post-conference process the writer must undertake in order to stand a realistic chance of having his or her manuscript published.

 


Any Pre-Conference Work Involved?

Yes, and lots of it. Writers are given written assignments, pitch models, and several books to read. They are also required to conduct "protagonist sympathy analysis" on current literary sellers. All of this prepares the student before arrival.

 


What is a Typical Conference Schedule Like?

Workshop schedules are broken into three basic parts: novel structure, narrative/prose enhancement, and market (see the syllabus for more details). The first four days and nights of the conference are devoted to readings, discussions, and written exercises, as well as interactive meetings with faculty. Writers have homework each night that must be complete by the following morning. The fifth day is dedicated to one-on-one ms consults and finalizing each student's publication plan. The conference begins the night of arrival, and then each day by 8:00 A.M. and on to 5 P.M. (or as necessary) .... Please see the New York Pitch Conference and the Write to Market Conference for more information concerning their schedules.

 




 







Algonkian Algonkian Novel and Memoir Retreat - - This event is an evolution of our Algonkian Park Workshop, now enhanced with new pre-event studies as well as greatly extended personal consult time with business professionals. Professionals Caitlin Alexander, Michael Neff, and Robert Bausch consult with writers one-on-one on matters of plot, narrative, market, characters, memoir, and all else.  






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