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    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.

              - Director Michael Neff
Algonkian Writer Conferences began in 2002 on the banks of the Potomac River in northern Virginia. After Michael Neff and company came upon Algonkian Park for the first time, with its beautiful setting and cottages, it seemed a natural place for a workshop, and thus, Algonkian Writer Conferences was born. 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, the SF Write to Market Conference, and our Algonkian writer retreats.

And now, the big question:

Is there a single best way to work towards becoming a published commercial author? There is, and without trying to give offense to anyone, we frankly reject the stereotypical conference carnival as a satisfactory solution for aspiring commercial authors. We don't deny that several writer conferences out there stir up lots of energy and make for a good time. Regardless, given they are generally mob-heavy and juggling speakers, panels, brunch for hundreds, and whatnot, they cannot possibly schedule the time and effort it takes to prepare each individual writer for the ruthlessly competitive reality of the commercial market.

On our end of the pole, we maintain intimate, carefully managed environments far more conducive to practicing the skills and learning the knowledge needed to realistically approach the creation of a competitive novel. See our Frequently Asked Questions for more details on our advantages, methods and goals. 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 should receive professional, highly focused reaction not only to your prose and narrative, but to your entire work, including the story premise, lines of complication, plot arc, theme and character arc, and all else.

There are 250,000+ first-novel manuscripts being written each year in America. What percent of those will eventually fail to be published by a major house? 99.99%... The statistics can't be denied. The job of Algonkian isn't to make this process risk free and easy. 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.

Take a minute and read our commentary page and the writer interviews there to get a better feel for what we're talking about.

















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Upcoming Algonkian events with only the best faculty, story analysis, pitch training, cross-market craft and market-positioning methodology. New writer retreats enable you to work on your novel or nonfiction in a pragmatic, mentored environment while also locating you in a genuinely scenic and relaxing place. All events are enhanced with new pre-event studies, extended consult time with professionals, and an emphasis on making novel as competitive as possible... [more]

It started at Algonkian Park and evolved to "The Fiction Class" by Susan Breen. Going into 2015, Algonkian events have assisted and networked writers into dozens of agent and publishing contracts. More information can be found on our commentary page.  




Algonkian Writer Retreats and Workshops: like other Algonkian events, these retreats enable you to work on your novel or nonfiction in a pragmatic, mentored environment while also locating you in a genuinely scenic and relaxing place. Retreats are enhanced with new pre-event studies, extended personal consult time with business professionals, and an emphasis on making each writer's work as competitive as possible in the current marketplace...


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2020 Pennsylvania Ave, NW
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Washington, D.C. 20006








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