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About Algonkian Events and Workshops

thumb-algonkian.jpgHaste born of impatience is a writer's second worst enemy. Hubris is the worst.


Algonkian Writer Conferences began in late 2001 on the banks of the Potomac River at Algonkian Park in northern Virginia. With its beautiful setting and cottages, it seemed a natural place for a workshop, and thus, Algonkian Writer Workshops was born. By 2004 it had expanded to include more professionals in the literary business, i.e., agents, editors, and authors, as well as more events such as the pitch conference in New York

At Algonkian events, we maintain intimate, carefully managed environments 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.




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