St. Augustine

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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 ideal location for a stimulating and productive writer event.

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 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... [more]

How is the Author-Mentor Unique?

First, this novel writing and development intensive begins before you arrive and continues after you depart. Participants receive specific assignments and readings found in the novel development forums of Algonkian Author Connect. At the conclusion of the retreat, we provide a follow-up novel development program online which includes additional faculty consult. Participation is strictly voluntary, but we strongly encourage it.

Second, the Author-Mentor setting and method allows aspiring authors to get close and relaxed with published authors and business professionals in a manner that larger events disallow. Sufficient private face time with the right people is priceless. The professionals are relaxed, congenial, willing to help, and most importantly, not bombarded by hundreds of conference attendees.

Third, the application of a "model-and-context, genre inclusive pedagogy" that utilizes models of craft taken from successful genre and literary authors, thereby enabling the writer to pick and choose the most appropriate techniques for utilization in the context of their work-in-progress.

Fourth, amateur opinions do not arise to compromise the quality of the workshop. Analysis, critique, and discussion of a writer's work is provided by the editorial and author professionals in attendance.

Our Marvelous Homes in Vilano Beach

Faculty and workshop attendees will be staying in several fascinatingly unique and beautiful homes rented by Algonkian from AirBnB. We've found this arrangement in the St.Augustine and Vilano Beach area to be superior to the option of blocking off rooms in hotels or inns. Why? Because the rooms themselves are bigger and usually nicer, everyone is within easy walking distance of the beach, most of the homes come with decks, and they also provide larger bathrooms as well as kitchen/dining benefits that cannot be found in other places. And in case you're wondering, Vilano Beach is just across the bridge from historic downtown St. Augustine, an easy and scenic drive even when busy.

Below are photos of our current AirBnB accommodations for 2023. Actual addresses will be available to registered writers. Please note that all lodging arrangements will be handled by Algonkian Writer Conferences. Writers need not book anything separately unless they opt to stay elsewhere.

The Workshop Main House

House Two

House Three

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House and Beach

Algonkian Writer Conferences
2020 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Ste 443
Washington, DC 20006

Algonkian Home Office:
Phone: 1-800-250-8290
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Compared to all the other novel workshops in the U.S., the St. Augustine Author-Mentor provides the ideal mix of best selling authors and track-record agents dedicated to working one-on-one with aspiring authors and memoir writers to not only teach them the advanced knowledge and skills they must possess to be successful, but also provide them with a valuable pre-publication edge via careful analysis and honest discussion of their work.

The 2023 St. Augustine A-M takes place on February 24 - 27 (Friday to Monday) with arrival and a meet-up dinner on the evening of February 23.

Distinguished faculty include the legendary best-selling author Hallie Ephron, book-to-film producer Brendan Deneen, six-figure book agent Adam "1000 Deals" Chromy, premiere agent and best-selling author Paula Munier, famous "Pitch Goddess" agent Katharine Sands, and last but not least, the indefatigable Algonkian CEO: Michael Neff.

More on them below.

Hallie Ephron Hallie Ephron
NYT Best Selling Author

Hallie is a famous American novelist, book reviewer, journalist, and writing teacher. She is the author of nine novels including NEVER TELL A LIE, THERE WAS AN OLD WOMAN, and COME AND FIND ME, as well as an Edgar Award finalist and four-time finalist for the Mary Higgins Clark Award. Hallie grew up in a family of writers, her parents Phoebe and Henry writing screenplays for famous films such as There's No Business Like Show Business. Hallie's how-to book, WRITING AND SELLING YOUR MYSTERY NOVEL: How to Knock 'Em Dead with Style," was nominated for an Edgar Award, and her novel NEVER TELL A LIE was made into a Lifetime television movie. She is also an award-winning crime fiction book reviewer for the Boston Globe and teaches fiction writing at events across the U.S.

Michael Neff Michael Neff
Author and Algonkian CEO

Michael is an award winning author, Pushcart nominated poet, widely published short fiction writer, literary agent, writer conference organizer, as well as an accomplished developmental editor. His first published book, a literary historical novel about Washington D.C. during the Reagan years entitled ALL THE DARK WE WILL NOT SEE, was published by the distinguished academic press, Serving House Books. A few years later, an urban fantasy, MAGICIANS IMPOSSIBLE, was created and co-edited by him, and later published by Macmillan Books. His science-fantasy novels, AMERICAN OZ MAKER (pseudonym Warwick Gleeson), and the prequel, WORLD MAKER, have both received multiple awards. The former was chosen by an editorial panel at Kirkus Reviews to be a "Top 150 Best Book" choice in 2019, and in 2020, it achieved Amazon Best Seller status. The prequel in 2018 won four national book awards for SFF. He is also an independent film/tv content scout for Atchity Productions in Los Angeles. More about Michael Neff found here.

Adam Chromy Adam Chromy
President of MT Management

Adam Chromy is a literary agent and president of Movable Type Management. He has sold hundreds of books, dozens of bestsellers, and has managed the careers of many notable authors, including most recently: best-selling novelist Jamie Brenner (THE FOREVER SUMMER at Little, Brown), award winning author Clyde Ford (THINK BLACK at Amistad), screenwriter and author Janna King (THE SEASONAIRES at Pegasus Books and optioned by Blumhouse TV), and bestselling author Annelise Ryan (THE MATTIE WINSTON series at Kensington and in development at Hallmark), and many others. More about this novel dealmaker at his own company, MOVEABLE TYPE MANAGEMENT.

Paula Munier Paula Munier
Agent and Best-Selling Author

Senior Literary Agent & Content Strategist at Talcott Notch Literary, Paula Munier, has created and marketed exceptional content in all formats across all markets for such media giants as WGBH, Fidelity, and Disney. Currently, she has her own three-book deal with St. Martins for the MERCY CARR mystery series, and now on the way to a fourth and fifth book. Her last nonfiction book on craft, WRITING WITH QUIET HANDS, reviewed on Amazon - "Paula Munier knows writing and publishing from all the angles and covers them in such a way as to teach, inspire, and encourage at the same time." - Reed Farrel Coleman, New York Times best-selling author.

To date in 2023, Paula has clocked over 150 official deals with major publishers as an agent for Talcott-Notch Literary Agency. Paula has signed ten authors from Algonkian events, and all have contracts with major publishers. She is always looking for good crime fiction, women's fiction, mainstream fiction, high-concept YA and SF/Fantasy fiction, as well as nonfiction.

Brendan Deneen Brendan Deneen
Book-to-Film/TV Producer

Brendan Deneen is the Director of Media, TV and Film at Blackstone Publishing where he works as both an acquiring editor and book-to-film/TV producer. Previously, Deneen was an Executive Editor at Tor/Macmillan for nearly a decade, where he edited dozens of books, including the New York Times-bestselling WALKING DEAD novels. Over the last twenty years, he has sold book projects to nearly every major movie studio, television network, and streaming platform. Before Macmillan, Deneen was a book-to-film executive for Scott Rudin and at Miramax/Dimension Films. He started his career at William Morris, working for legendary literary agent Owen Laster. Deneen is also an author with over a dozen books by major publishers, including THE NINTH CIRCLE and THE CHRYSALIS.

Katharine Sands
Literary Agent

Over the many years, Katharine Sands (known as the "Pitch Goddess" from coast to coast) has worked with a varied list of authors who publish a diverse array of books including fiction, memoir, and non-fiction. When reading fiction she wants to be compelled and propelled by urgent storytelling, and hooked by characters. Among the books she represents are THE APOTHECARY'S CURSE by Barbara Barnett, nominated for the Bram Stoker Award in the First Novel category; and GIRL WALKS OUT OF A BAR, a memoir by Lisa Smith that was featured by People Magazine. For memoir, femoir, and himoir, she likes to be transported to a world rarely or newly observed.

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