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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. 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 Do You Get Writers Commercially Published?

How Are Algonkian Events Different From Other Writer Conferences?

Which to Attend First, WTM, NYC or Algonkian Workshop Retreat?

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

What is The New York Pitch Acceptance Rate?

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?

How Does Algonkian Differ From MFA Approach?

How Do Writers Interact With Publishers and Agents?

Any Pre-event Work Involved?

How Do You Get Writers Commercially Published?

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


How Are Algonkian Events Unlike Other Writer Workshops and Conferences?

  • No bells or timers - sufficient time for productive dialogues with faculty.
  • MS and prose narrative critiqued by faculty only, not attendees (no MFA methodology).
  • Comprehensive 86-page novel-and-fiction study guide.
  • Small and relaxed groups that facilitate interaction.
  • Extensive story and pitch prep before sessions with agents or publishers.
  • Unique and challenging pre-conference assignments that focus on all major novel elements.
  • The only events on the planet with a syllabus (correct us if we're wrong).
  • Focus on market-positioning, high-concept story premise, author platform, and competitive execution.
  • Superior in-shop writing assignments and story dissection.
  • No inappropriate back slapping - 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 or gratuitous cruelty.


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

It is preferable to attend an Algonkian workshop or retreat 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. The ideal progression would be Write to Market first, a workshop or retreat second, followed by the New York Pitch Conference. Another alternative (and less expensive) would be to utilize the novel writing program online, then proceed to the New York Pitch.


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 New York Pitch Acceptance Rate?

The rate depends on the season, the genre, and our luck when it comes to receiving quality applications. All of these factors vary from event to event. We do not give out this detailed information due to its irrelevancy to anyone who is not a business competitor.


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. You can find more information on our About page.


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?

Upscale and 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.


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 and Publishers?

The model for the pitch is a "book jacket" the writer creates with the help of the workshop leader prior to the pitch session. The process is part of a longer evolution the writer begins even before arriving at the conference. Once the pitch is accomplished, the agent interacts with the writer in a Q&A session. The workshop leader then follows up with the writer 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-event Work Involved?

Writers are given several different types of relevant assignments, story and pitch models, as well as a considerable amount of reading on the subject of advanced craft that can be directly applied to their work-in-progress. The idea is to prep the writer before the event so they can hit the deck running and share with us a common language. As a bonus, the pre-event work saves wasting time with extra handouts.


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It began at Algonkian Park and evolved into "The Fiction Class" by Susan Breen. Going into 2016, Algonkian events have assisted and networked writers into dozens of agent and publishing contracts. More information can be found on our commentary page.  

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