There are no great writers, only great re-writers.
Algonkian Writer Conferences began in late 2001 on the banks of the Potomac River at Algonkian Park in northern Virginia. By 2004 it had expanded to include more professionals in the literary business, i.e., agents, editors, and authors. The format also evolved to feature novel analysis and preparation, as well as perfection of the Algonkian Writer Conferences pitch model used to both examine and sell the novel. Over the years, additional novel writing events formed on both coasts, including the New York Pitch Conference and many more.
Algonkian events nurture intimate, carefully managed environments conducive to practicing the skills and learning the knowledge necessary to approach the creation of a competitive novel. If you are beginning a novel or working on a novel-in-progress, or if you have a completed ms and require a strong reality check, you must receive professional, highly focused reaction not only to your prose and narrative, but to your entire work, including the story premise (most important), plot and pinch points, character arcs, conflict lines, theme and all else. Our ultimate goal is to 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.
Arguably the most successful writer conference (if measured by careers and books launched), the New York Pitch Conference and writers workshop is held four times a year and features publishing house editors from major houses such as Penguin, Random House, St. Martins, Harper Collins, Tor and Del Rey, Kensington Books and many more who are looking for new novels in a variety of genres, as well as narrative non-fiction. The event focuses on the art of the novel pitch as the best method not only for communicating your work, but for having you and your work taken seriously by industry professionals. Just as importantly, the pitch is also a diagnostic method for workshopping the plot, premise, and other elements of the story to determine quality and marketability. Therefore our motto:
Workshop the Novel, Pitch the House.
Like most European and American retreats and workshops, writers discover themselves immersed in a scenic and relaxing location. Both events include pre-event development assignments online, the Algonkian Study Guide, ample one-on-one time with commercial professionals (agents and editors, not just authors) as well as pragmatic doses of technique and knowledge--the kind necessary to produce competitive and artful work. Our workshops and retreats, including the St. Augustine Author-Mentor (see below), also include a post-event novel development program online. Thus, our events are the only ones that begin before you arrive and continue after you leave.
Writers work with a team of professionals who possess solid track records and a range of practical experience in the world of creative writing, editing, and publishing. The Algonkian success rate has born out the fact that only a certain kind of professional is truly qualified to provide the accurate and detailed advice a writer needs to succeed in this current marketplace. No longer is the faculty credential of only being an author good enough.
Algonkian Novel Writing Courses online (16 course modules) set the goal of getting you as close to the brass ring as possible by making your novel as commercially competitive as it needs to be on all levels of structure and craft while avoiding critical missteps and the omnipresent tripwires of bad advice. In addition, it doesn't matter what stage the novel is currently in or where you are in your writing life. The program steps, course modules, 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. Your work is reviewed by a professional developmental editor and together you set publication goals, discuss agent representation options, and engage in manuscript edits as necessary and appropriate.
There simply is no other online novel writing program that can compare in terms of rigor, approach, or syllabus. As a bonus, you avoid the usual pitfalls that accompany group feedback from amateurs, not to mention poor guidance from instructors insufficiently versed in the nuances of genre fiction and commercial markets.
If you're looking for a valuable novel writing, pitch prep, and development seminar all in one, we have several to choose from. Algonkian faculty believe that developing and writing a commercially successful novel depends on interweaving three primary subsets. These seminars therefore address in detail a commercial foundation in terms of premise, plot, and "six act" progression; pre-publication novel marketing in terms of title, genre choice, comparables, and pitch; and finally, focus on vital branch elements including protagonist and antagonist creation, scene choice and design, prose style technique, narrative verve, foreshadowing, exposition, pinch points, theme, and more. The aforementioned subsets are filtered by faculty according to each writer's genre, and each receives individual attention and feedback in two stages (one in AM session, one in PM session).
Manuscripts to Market specializes in successfully developing, editing, and market-positioning commercial genre and literary novels, concluding the process with query letter supervision and agent consultation. The primary goal for each novel we take on is simple: to get it published by a major house or distinguished press. The primary goal for the clients we take on is simple also: to remake and mentor them into better writers. Our success and expertise in developing and editing the popular genres of mystery, crime, suspense and thriller, SF/F adult and YA, historical and narrative nonfiction of any type, as well as women's fiction in all sub-genres, is the result of many years in the publishing business (both commercial and literary presses) as well as authoring our own fiction, and editing fiction for others, not to mention leading workshops at the most successful writer event in the country, the New York Pitch Conference. Many of the writers who attend are mentored by us into successful commercial publication.
Come Prepared to Write and Learn From The Best
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.
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.