Were You Born To Be a Successful Author?
According to our biased and successful alums, Algonkian hosts the most productive writer retreats, novel writing courses, and conference events for the writing, market-positioning, and publication of commercial genre and upmarket novels. But you will have to decide for yourself. We are not a fit for everyone. Keep in mind that our ultimate goal is to realistically increase your odds of becoming a published author by showing you how to inhabit that upper percentile of writers who will have their work taken seriously by professionals in the business. We don't believe good writers are born. We believe they are made by virtue of their own tenacity and ability to... [more]
The Algonkian Novel Writing Courses were brainstormed by the faculty and director of Algonkian Writer Conferences, and later tested by NYC publishing professionals for practical and time-sensitive utilization by genre (YA, SF/F, mystery/thriller, WF, etc.) writers as well as upmarket literary writers who desire to become either career commercial authors or literary authors. Therefore, if you wish to begin or restart your novel, rewrite it with guidance, or just reality-check the progress or status with our faculty professionals, you've come to the right place.
The goal is to get you as close to the brass ring as possible, to make your novel as commercially competitive as it needs to be on all levels while avoiding critical missteps, bad advice, and exorbitant prices for classes and mentorshiop. And it does not matter what stage your novel is currently in, or where you are in your writing life. The program steps and methodology, as well as the faculty, enable you to learn and grow as a writer together with your novel, and at your own pace. Once you accomplish the program, your work is thoroughly reviewed by our professionals and together you set publication goals, discuss agent representation options, and engage in manuscript and project edits as needed and appropriate ... [continued]
February 25 - 28, 2016.
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. All writers will work with a Pulitzer winner, a Hollywood Producer, a senior publishing house editor, as well as two literary agents and a seasoned writing workshop leader.
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 unique world that provides us with the ideal location for both a stimulating and productive writer event.
The St. Augustine 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 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... [continued]
WE CAN ONLY HOPE THAT WRITER CAT WILL REALIZE THE COMPLETE TRUTH.
Will Writer Cat Overcome?
If not, he's in for a rough road because he'll never become published unless and until he revises his opinion. At a conservative estimate, upwards of 250,000 writer cats in the U.S. are currently struggling to write or find an agent for their first commercial novel or memoir. If you understand this business, you also know why an enormous percentage are unable to make it happen. Below are the top seven reasons why otherwise passionate writers will join the 99.9% never to become commercially published. BTW, these conclusions are based on Algonkian experience with writers of every stripe imaginable... [continued]
OUTSIDE OF EXCESS NARCISSISM, BAD ADVICE IS A WRITER'S WORST ENEMY.
Without Proper Advice Though, No Publication
If you ever
run or attend writer conferences, you will never cease to hear utterances of bad
writing advice, the popular kind that circulates like a ruinous viral meme
through the nervous systems of America's aborning fiction and novel writers. And
each time you are exposed, you either chuckle or swear, depending on your mood
and the circumstance. You might make a daring attempt to kill the meme in its
tracks before it can infect someone else, or you might just stare at the writer
with a dumbfounded look on your face and ask him, or her... [continued]
Were You Born to Be a Successful Author?
According to our biased and successful alums, Algonkian hosts the most productive writer retreats, novel writing courses, and conference events for the writing, market-positioning, and publication of commercial genre and upmarket novels. But you will have to decide for yourself. We are not a fit for everyone. Keep in mind that our ultimate goal is to realistically increase your odds of becoming a published author by showing you how to inhabit that upper percentile of writers who will have their work taken seriously by professionals in the business. We don't believe good writers are born. We believe they are made by virtue of their own tenacity and ability to acquire the knowledge necessary to achieve commercial success.
At Algonkian events, only top literary agents, authors, and publishing house editors are selected as faculty. The critical advice you receive regarding market positioning, story premise and plot, character arc and evolution, competitive narrative voice, and all else, is provided only by these professionals. You
receive comprehensive pre-event assignments and readings ( e.g., Write to Market ) as well as access to a story-building online assignment forum; and at the conclusion of events, we brainstorm individual publication
plans for our writers going forward. As an Algonkian alum you are
invited, at no cost, to join our online community, the Algonkian Author Salon,
in order to further perfect your work as needed while having it
followed by agents who frequent the website searching for projects to
introductions to both our online and offline events, writer conferences and workshops, including the New York Pitch Conference. Links
to more info regarding the books displayed below and their relationship
to Algonkian can be found at Algonkian Commentary and on Algonkian AS News.
ALGONKIAN WRITER CONFERENCES WEBSITE
Algonkian Workshops, Conferences, and Retreats
Information and connections to Algonkian events throughout the year
including the New York Pitch, Algonkian and Monterey Novel Retreats, the
Write to Market Conference and The Santa Barbara A-M, plus writer
commentary, syllabus, articles, the new agent blog, and more. Notable
links include the Algonkian FAQ and the Event Comparison page ...
ALGONKIAN AUTHOR SALON.COM
Online Community For Writer Groups and Showcasing Work to Agents
Algonkian Author Salon serves as an effective bridge between aspiring
authors and business professionals in commercial publishing. AAS editors
actively network with major New York publishers, as well as top
literary agents. Writers at the Algonkian Author Salon may join or form
effective writer critique groups ...
THE NEW YORK PITCH CONFERENCE
Algonkian Workshops, Writer Conferences, Retreats
The flag ship of the Algonkian writer events. If you can make it
here you'll make it national, and perhaps even land a few foreign rights sales.
Best acquistion editors and workshop leaders in NYC take you through
the paces of writing and pitching successful a commercial novel. Success rate speaks for itself. Notables include New York Pitch Conference News Page and Faculty page ...
ALGONKIAN NOVEL WRITING COURSES AND MS REVIEW
16 Course-Module Novel Incubator
Write or rewrite your novel as you progress through the online Algonkian
program a step at a time, the aim to make it as commercially
competitive as possible on all levels. Your work is reviewed by a
faculty professional who acts as your mentor, and together you set
publication goals and discuss representation options while engaging in
edits as needed ...
ALGONKIAN AUTHOR CONNECT AT AUTHORSALON.COM
Algonkian Online Forums and RSS Feed Board
of the Algonkian Novel Writing Program forums and 16 assignment modules
covering all aspects of market, structure, and craft; banners to Eudora
and Ray, All The Epiphany You Can Swallow, and more; AAS Commons and as
well as writer news feeds by Salon.Com, Women on Writing, Chuck
Sambuchino, Writer Unboxed, and Evil Editor ...
A Gallery of Memories to Celebrate Our 13 Year Anniversary
Algonkian Conference Event Photos and Captions
can't believe it either. After starting on the banks of the Potomac in
2002, Algonkian has grown from a single novel workshop to an ongoing
series of successful events from Santa Barbara to New York city. In
honor of the anniversary, we've included a few pics from past events,
even Harper's Ferry. Highlights include, "Bring Me Coffee or I'll Make a
Napkin Puppet!" ...