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   Unique Craft-and-Market Workshops and Conferences
   For Novel Planners, Beginners, and VeteransPhone: 1-800-250-8290

"From The Heart, But Smart: Premise, Platform, and
    Execution in Today's Tough Novel Market"

Algonkian Five Day Novel Camp  November 14 - 18, 2007
TEN STUDENTS MAXIMUM | Tuition, Private Room, Brkfst/Lunch: $825.00
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For the small-group novel camp in VA, Algonkian has brought together three of its best professionals--Robert Bausch, Deborah Grosvenor, and Michael Neff--to teach students the inner workings of craft and market. During 45+ hours of actual workshop time, students will engage in those rigorous narrative and complication/plot exercises necessary to produce a publishable manuscript.

The three areas of emphasis will be PREMISE, PLATFORM, and EXECUTION.

One of the best boutique agents in the business, Deborah Grosvenor has helped launch the careers of such famous authors as Tom Clancy and Stephen Coonts. Deborah also represents many of Washington's finest and she is actively seeking new fiction ms. An interview with her can be [found here]. Students will discuss the literary biz with Deborah as well as pitch their manuscripts to her.

Robert Bausch has taught literature and creative writing at George Mason University, The University of Virginia, and The American University. He is the author of six novels, including ON THE WAY HOME, THE LIVES OF RILEY CHANCE, A HOLE IN THE EARTH, THE GYPSY MAN (winner of the 2003 DLB Award for Distinguished Fiction). His collection of short stories, THE WHITE ROOSTER AND OTHER STORIES won the DLB Award for Distinguished Short Fiction in 1995.

Writer and editor, Michael Neff, will be the chief fiction editor and workshop leader at Algonkian. He is the founder and chief editor of WebdelSol.Com, the largest publisher of periodical contemporary fiction in the U.S. He edits the Del Sol Press (recently publishing Michael Brodsky's Detour). More on him can be [found below].

   Algonkian Park Prologue
(+ "Novel-to-Film" Feature)

Alongside the shores and waters of the upper Potomac River, writers will study and apply techniques of craft, style, and complication learned from such dramatists and authors as Ann Patchett, Sue Monk Kidd, Flannery O'Connor, Tennessee Williams, Michael Chabon, E. Annie Proulx, Nathaniel West, Gail Godwin, Robert Graves, Nabokov, R.P. Warren, and many others. Writers, regardless of experience, will come away from this five day intensive with the specific knowledge it takes to create an intellectual and emotionally powerful novel. The workshop leader will not only review promising novel concepts and pass them on to an agent who works with Algonkian, but will also devote workshop time to film adaptation, high concept pitching, and other aspects of novel-to-film. We want to help you get published, and discuss the potential of turning your novel into film (if it's ok with you!). Students will also learn ALL THEY NEED TO KNOW about the publishing market. As a bonus, the perfect query letter and synopsis are included.

STEPS: Click on the following to review the Algonkian Novel Workshop syllabus, author list, agent information, and other. Next, put in your application for the workshop by using our application form. Following your acceptance into the workshop, please register by using our secure credit card option below, or else by mail to the address noted below. (please note that if cancellation is necessary for whatever reason, registration will be returned in full up to four weeks prior to the workshop date. After four weeks, payments may be credited towards a future workshop.). Transportation to and from the airport and dinner are not included.

The total fee for our camps at Algonkian Park is $825.00 and that includes tuition, a private cottage room for five nights, breakfast, lunch, the Algonkian Workshop book, "Immersed in The Art of Fiction," and a professional manuscript consulation. Please call our home office at 1-800-250-8290 if you have any questions.

REGISTRATION for workshop due following APPLICATION acceptance.

The Syllabus
Author List



The Algonkian Park is located 30 miles from Washington, D.C. A good map and directions can be found here. It is 12 miles from Dulles International Airport (the perfect place to fly into--cab fares from Dulles to Algonkian are about $25.00). The cottages are fully furnished with TV, phones, linens, dishes, central air and heat. All cottages feature fireplaces, decks with grills, equipped kitchens, cathedral ceilings, and expansive riverside views of the Potomac. Participants each have their own room in the cottage. The address of the Algonkian Park Management headquarters is 47001 Fairway Drive, Sterling, Virginia, and their phone number is 703-450-4655. If you have any questions about the cottages or facilities, ask for Heather, the manager.

The Algonkian Author's Workshop is five days. Check-in is on Tuesday, the day before the workshop, anytime after 3 PM. Participants usually check-out by Sunday evening or Monday (no later than 11 AM on Monday). Sessions begin Wednesday morning and last till the following Sunday. Sessions and exercises are intensive and continue through the day. The workshop begins promptly at 8:30 AM, lunch at noon, and ends at 5:00 PM. Participants can unwind before dinner but are expected to work on their assignments in the evenings if necessary.

Breakfast and lunch will be supplied daily, as well as snacks, sodas, coffee, and tea. Dinner can either be delivered to custom fit or available at local restaurants and pubs. We'll be dining out somewhere wonderful almost every night and everyone is welcome!

Weather permitting, day trips are known to include the Veramar Winery or Great Falls Park, and of course, THE BEST used bookstore on the east coast, located at Lake Anne Village.

Look forward to seeing you there! Don't hesitate to call us at 1-800-250-8290 if you have questions.

About The Chief Editor and Workshop Leader

Michael Neff is a fiction editor, writer, teacher, and publisher. He is the founder and chief editor of WebdelSol.Com, the largest publisher of periodical contemporary fiction in the U.S. He edits the Del Sol Press (recently publishing Michael Brodsky's Detour) and publishes several highly acclaimed national literary magazines including 5_Trope, In Posse Review, La Petite Zine, Perihelion, and The Potomac. He also edits the "Paris Review of the Internet," Del Sol Review, often publishing exceptional Algonkian students. His own work has appeared in such classic literary publications as The Literary Review, North American Review, Mudlark, Quarterly West, Pittsburgh Quarterly, Conjunctions, and American Way Magazine.

Michael has ten years editorial experience in the literary publication business and in working with other editors and writers to hone short fiction and novels into publishable work. In 2001, he was chosen by Writer's Digest as their finalist fiction judge. Fiction published and edited by Michael routinely attracts attention from the best agencies in the country. An interview with him by Poets and Writers magazine can be found here, and his popular agent interview series can be found here.

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