Newly updated narrative, developmental, and editorial courses that compose the Algonkian Novel Writing Program. Crucial elements analyzed and applied include high-concept premise, counter-trait characters, Six Act Two-Goal Novel, hooks and core wounds, scene selection, set cinema, and more. All genres. Registration here. Program concludes with faculty video-consults to address final edits and query letter. Free to Algonkian alums.
A source of information about the Algonkian Novel Writing Program. In the topic forum below you will find a statement of overall mission and background. This is followed by the program syllabus. If you wish to participate in the program, click here. If you are an Algonkian alum and need a login password, contact us. The program is $799.00 for non-alums, but no cost to alums. Click on the mother forum here for more guidance on how to most effectively utilize this grouping of forums on AAC.
Eight modules related to story premise, importance of antagonist, character sympathy factors, elements of the novel hook, first plot point and arc, the Six Act Two-Goal novel, inciting incidents, major and minor reversals, complications, and more. All writers begin or rewrite their novel here. Prior posts will become visible upon being assigned and entering a password.
Eight modules related to voice, style, scene creation, point of view transitions and character camera filters, narrative enhancement technique, assignments which rework each writer's narrative into competitive prose. Writers complete at least 100 polished pages and receive review from industry professionals. Prior posts will become visible upon being assigned a password.
A forum for our emerging authors to talk about their inspirations, their writing lives, and offer insight into the process as it applies to them, as well as discuss the impact of the Novel Writing Program on their work-in-progress. Prior posts will become visible upon being assigned a password.
A place where each writer honestly and cautiously scoreboxes or rates their own novel-in-progress according to an array of criteria. To be approached upon completion or near completion of the 14th module. Prior posts will become visible upon being assigned a password.
FIRST ASSIGNMENT: Story Statement.
In the late iron-age, Norse settler Erik Fenris and his son Einar must overcome trials of love, loss, war and their Viking destiny, to locate and reunite three hidden shards of an ancient, magical talisman, to break the curse of a power-hungry witch, and free their enslaved kinsmen from her burgeoning wolf-skin warrior army.
SECOND ASSIGNMENT: in 200 words or less, sketch the antagonist or antagonistic force in your story.
Skara, the Volva (witch):
Skara is the physical counterpart, “dark sister” to the elemental, spiritual manifes
Alison Bechdel’s new graphic memoir, The Secret to Superhuman Strength, follows the artist through a lifetime of fitness and exercise. These memories and musings are interspersed with transcendentalists, Romantics, Eastern philosophers, and other literary figures who shed light on our obsession with transformation and transcendence. In the excerpt below, Bechdel follows in Jack Kerouac’s footsteps up the Matterhorn, only to find the hike to be far more difficult than expected, and with surprising lessons in store.
Alison Bechdel’s cult following for her comic strip Dykes
I’m gathering up the Books on Sale this week, so if you’ve spotted some good discounts, let us know in the comments!
The Best Man Plan
The Best Man Plan by Jaci Burton is $1.99! This is book one of the Boots & Bouquets series, and is a one night stand/friends to lovers contemporary romance (sniff, sniff…is that catnip?). Book two, The Engagement Arrangement, comes out on June 29, so if you like this one, the next one wi
The eponymous protagonist of Stark Holborn’s far future set sci-fi novel is an ex-convict with a past she is trying to make amends for, but chance has dealt her a harsh hand and continues to torment her with half glimpsed possibilities along a path to redemption.
The world, or rather universe, of Holborn’s imagination sprawls across several systems, planets and moons, with a civilisation recovering from a civil war with the rebel “Free Limits” brutally supressed by the governing “Accord.” However, the novel’s action focuses on the desolate moon Factus. For all the emphatic nature of their vict
“One writes out of one thing only—one’s own experience. Everything depends on how relentlessly one forces from this experience the last drop, sweet or bitter, it can possibly give. This is the only real concern of the artist, to recreate out of the disorder of life that order which is art.”
James Baldwin – Notes of a Native Son
Over the ages, any revolutionary movement has an element of art tied to it, whether it be paintings, sculptures, writings or music. These mediums are weapons in the fight that shed no blood and take no prisoners, yet they inspire, enrage, motivate, and encourage.
For those of us obsessed with them, stories about skyjackings offer retro fascination, criminal ingenuity and daring, and, in some cases, wackiness. Skyjackings have been around as long as aviation itself, and continue to this day. But they are most associated with their peak in the 60s-70s, when air travel evoked a sense of glamour (well-coiffed stewardess and Dungeness crab served on china). In this so-called “Golden Age” of skyjackings, global political turmoil produced many cults, revolutionary groups, and malcontents. These are colorful characters, who saw skyjackings as financial or poli
Another week, another batch of books for your TBR pile. Happy reading, folks.
Stacey Abrams, While Justice Sleeps
“While Justice Sleeps is a mesmerizing legal thriller that does the rare thing: It uses the novel to get at the truth. Stacey Abrams is a powerful new voice in fiction.”
Lara Bazelon, A Good Mother
“A Good Mother is a high-stakes legal thriller packed with intense courtroom drama, but it’s also a story about the complicated sacrifices and compromises that mothers face. In this impressive debut, Lara Bazelon’s talent for
Ah, the thrilling wives. Sometimes they’re the first, sometimes next, and sometimes they’re last. Often, they know too much. They are charming, hunting, haunted and lovely. Sometimes, they’re found in the twilight, or upstairs. These are the wives of domestic suspense, and no matter who their spouses are, these captivating women are the stars of the show. If you’re looking for your next thrilling read, look no further than The Real Wives of Domestic Suspense. Consider these popular episodes:
My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing
Samantha Downing knocked it out of the park with this particular
Some years ago I was invited to a fancy literary dinner where I was seated between Erica Jong and a senior editor of a mega publishing company. Having just exhausted with Erica the infamous topic of the “zipless f—k,” I turned to the editor and asked, “What do you look for in a manuscript that crosses your desk?”
Frankly, I thought he’d give me a yawn and turn back to whomever he had been talking to. But he replied seriously, “I want to be intrigued by the first sentence and gripped by the time I reach the third paragraph. Thereafter, I want it to sing.”
No doubt I’d overly participated in t
Olive is searching for her missing dog Ginger, but the dog has fallen into a hole and is trapped. Along comes Zen, a homeless dog who helps free Ginger. Together, they make their way back to Olive. This book is perfect for teaching young readers how to trust, make new friends, get out in nature, explore and investigate the world around them and learn about the best doctors, sunshine, diet, fresh air, fresh water, a goodnight's rest, and exercise. Print Length: 24 Pages Genre: Children's ISBN-13: 979-8616441805 Publisher: Independent Zinger in The Woods is available to purchase at Amazon.co
From Little Tokyo, With Love
by Sarah Kuhn
May 11, 2021 · Viking Books for Young Readers RomanceYoung Adult
From Little Tokyo, With Love is a modern day, urban, feminist Cinderella meets nure-onna. It is a YA featuring a biracial girl with a ‘kaiju temper’ who prefers monsters to princesses and I am totally here for it.
Riki is the daughter of a Japanese-American woman who died in childbirth. Her father, who abandoned Riki’s mother w
You all look like you need some Cover Snark!
From Peggy. Thanks, Peggy!
Sarah: I keep reading the title as “Walk Away.” Yes. Walk away. Slowly. Get outta there.
Amanda: No thank you.
Carrie: Aww finally Cousin Itt gets his own story!
Shana: That’s gonna give me nightmares
Carrie: A Man and his Merkin: A Un-hygenic Love Story.
Sneezy: Huh. Been a while since that cut of bikini bottoms were in. This one looks itchy.
Unless all of that’s his pubic hair.
Catherine: That was my first thought
Rescue his parents from Earthlings and stop them from destroying his home planet.
Commander Natalie Jordan is the leader of the Earthling army on the planet Toren. She bears a scar under her right eye and wears a metal mask over her mouth and nose, which creates the most awful, raspy sound when she breathes. She likes the way people cringe and shy away from her when she draws near.
Her goal: do whatever necessary to save Earth from certain destruction, and make her brother—the emperor of Earth—proud. He’s the one who gave her that scar when
1. Story Statement
A young drug addict in Kansas fights his addiction, only to move to Texas and struggle with mental illness and sobriety.
Heroin. Cocaine. Methamphetamine. Benzodiazepines. Addiction. Sobriety. All threaten to take the life of the protagonist, who is the biggest threat of all to himself.
Drug Seeking Behavior: One Addict’s Broken Memories of the Opioid Crisis in the Midwest
Altered Mental Status: Drug Dealers, Madness, and The Endless Plains of Kansas
4. Genre/Comparable Titles