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Novel Writing Courses and "Novel Writing on Edge" Work and Study Forums

From Concept to Query

Welcome to Algonkian Author Connect. Our Novel Writing and Editorial Program's course methodology, editorial consults, and sell sheet approach, when coupled with the "Novel Writing on Edge" maxims and essays, as well as supplemental AAC content, creates for aspiring fiction authors the perfect online location for the conception, writing, and overall production of very good, if not brilliant, genre and literary novels.  Click on "About Author Connect" to learn more about the mission, and on the AAC Development and Pitch Sitemap for the big picture.

Early stage novel writers are the most content, blissfully unaware of all they do not know. Middle stage novel writers are anxious, each day awakening to a state of ever-diminishing certainty. The more pitiable though are the late stagers, wisely understanding that even a small portion of remaining ignorance might yet be their undoing.

- Michael Neff

Novel Writing Program You might well ask, for starters, what is the best approach for utilizing the four forums below as efficiently as possible? If you are new to AAC, or a member and not an Algonkian alum, the single best approach is to begin with the forum, "Novel Writing on Edge." Read the introduction and the novel writing topics arrayed in the forum, and once done, proceed to the more inclusive NWOE novel writing and development guide which is broken into three major sections, all of them crucial, and linked to the NWOE main website.

att.jpg However, if you are an alum, the best course of action is to obtain a login to the Algonkian Novel Writing and Editorial Program (at no cost - request from AAC admin via the contact form), then proceed with the courses while also absorbing the NWOE guide on a parallel track.

att.jpg It is also advisable to learn from a "negative" by paying close attention to the forum that focuses on bad novel writing advice. The next forum is a great overview by writers that covers four of the best books on novel writing. Don't neglectIt's worth a close look, i.e, if you're truly serious about writing a good novel. 

att.jpg On a parallel track we would be remiss not to remind you to also examine and reflect upon the AAC content in the primary forum sections. All contain valuable and often fascinating insights and advice regarding the world of books, novel pitching, and even reviews of novel writing videos.


  1. Bad Novel Writing Advice - Cash and Coffee Contest

    Putrid Advice The best "bad novel writing advice" articles culled from Novel Writing on Edge. The point isn't to axe grind, rather to warn writers about the many horrid and writer-crippling viruses that float about like asteroids of doom in the novel writing universe. All topics are unlocked and open for comment.

    att.jpg Margaret Atwood Said What?
    att.jpg Don't Outline the Novel?
    att.jpg Critique Criteria for Writer Groups

  2. Novel Writing on Edge - Nuance, Bewares, Actual Results

    Putrid AdvicePlatitudes, entitled amateurism, popular delusions, and erroneous information are all conspicuously absent from this collection. From concept to query, the goal is to provide you, the aspiring author, with the skills and knowledge it takes to realistically compete in today's market. Just beware because we do have a sense of humor.

    Novel Writing on Edge I've Just Landed So Where Do I go Now?
    Novel Writing on Edge Labors, Sins, and Six Acts - NWOE Novel Writing Guide
    Novel Writing on Edge Crucial Self-editing Techniques - No Hostages

  3. Art and Life in Novel Writing

    Literary AgentMisc pearls of utility to novel writers plus takeaways on craft learned from books utilized in the AAC novel writing program including "Write Away" by Elizabeth George, "The Art of Fiction" by John Gardner, "Writing the Breakout Novel" by Donald Maass, and "The Writing Life" by Annie Dillard: 

    Publication Eight Best Prep Steps Prior to Agent Query.
    Writing Goals Writing and the Disquiet of Self Doubt
    Publication Blake "Save the Cat" Snyder

  4. Algonkian Novel Writing and Editorial Program

    Novel Development ProgramDevelop, write, or rewrite the novel here. Updated narrative, developmental, and advanced reality-check courses. Primarily for genres requiring strong dramatic plot lines, e.g., suspense, crime, serious women's fiction, upscale and general fiction, historical and SFF genres. att.jpg More on NWEP and Application.

  5. Algonkian Writer Conferences - Events, FAQ, Contracts

    Algonkian Writer Conferences Algonkian events nurture intimate, carefully managed environments conducive to practicing the skills and learning the knowledge necessary to approach the development and writing of a competitive commercial or literary novel. We believe you were not born to be a good or great author, but that you stand on the shoulders of great authors gone before and only by hard work will you succeed. 

    Algonkian Pre-event Assignments, Articles, and Guides
    Algonkian Upcoming Events and Programs
    Algonkian Contracts, Careers, and Comments



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