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   Editor, Author, Agent Conference
   For New and Established Writers (All Genres)                                     1-800-250-8290

From The Heart, But Smart: The Proper Application
    of Craft and Market in Fiction and The Novel

Five Days in The Coronado, AZ  |  Feb. 21-25, 2007  |  Limit 15 Students
*** Includes private room, all meals, tuition, transportation, and materials.

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Algonkian has put together a team of five of the best professionals from all points to work with writers attending the Ghost Ranch Writer's Conference. They include from the University of Arizona's creative writing faculty, NEA and James Michener award winning author, Elizabeth Evans; list-building literary agent at Sandra Dijkstra Agency, Elise Capron; President of Pen USA, Kate Gale; fiction writer and editor of DEL SOL REVIEW and DEL SOL PRESS, Michael Neff; and Folio Literary agent, Ms. Paige Wheeler. More below. Please note that meetings with them will be intimate and relaxed (no waiting in lines).

Elise Capron is an agent for the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency--widely regarded as the best on the west coast. Their authors include Amy Tan, Kate White, Janell Cannon, and many more. Elise is list-building and looking for new manuscripts. She is Sandra's assistant and specializes in literary and women's fiction. An interview can be [found here].

Award winning author Elizabeth Evans has published three novels with HarperCollins:SUICIDE'S GIRLFRIEND, ROWING IN EDEN, and CARTER CLAY, which was selected by The Los Angeles Times for "The Best Books of 1999." Other works include THE BLUE HOUR (Algonquin) and the story collection LOCOMOTION (New Rivers). Her awards include an NEA Fellowship and a James Michener Fellowship.

Kate Gale will focus on the writing of publishable fiction. Kate is 2005-2006 President of PEN USA, the founder of Red Hen Press, The Los Angeles Review, and the WRITERS IN THE SCHOOLS program for underserved communities. Her opera, Paradises Lost, was performed in part at the New York City Opera in May of 2006. She holds a Ph.D in literature from Claremont Graduate University.

Paige Wheeler is the past President of Creative Media Agency and a current partner with Jeff Kleinman in Folio Literary Agency. She is actively seeking new manuscripts for commercial, literary, thriller/mystery, SF, YA, and other genres. An interview with Paige can be [found here].

Writer and publisher, Michael Neff, will be the chief fiction editor and workshop leader in Tucson. More on him can be [found below].

At the request of Algonkian, and at no extra cost to students, editor and author Charles Salzberg will provide post-conference market analysis of each student's pitch and synopsis. More information on Charles found here.

For those students writing short fiction to build publishing credentials, we're including with the writers conference, "Immersed in The Art of Fiction II," a comprehensive collection of our lectures and readings from the Algonkian "Art of Fiction" short story workshops. Students will meet in extra intensive sessions with workshop leader Michael Neff to review short fiction craft and market.

Students will also receive a free copy of "SUBMIT" from Erpmedia, a two-set dvd package featuring video interviews with leading short fiction editors discussing both the market and the art.

Ghost Ranch Prologue

Algonkian students will study and apply techniques of craft, style, and complication culled from over 20 of the most powerful and original novelists (and dramatists) including Ann Patchett, Sue Monk Kidd, Flannery O'Connor, Tennessee Williams, Michael Chabon, Gail Godwin, E. Annie Proulx, David Mamet, R. P. Warren, Ionesco, Hemingway, Nabokov, Nathaniel West, Barbara Kingsolver, Emily Brontë, and Robert Graves. 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 syllabus and author list. Next, please apply for the workshop by using our application form. Next, You can use our secure credit card processor below , or else mail your check payable to "Ghost Ranch Writers Conference" following acceptance to the conference. The tuition for the five day conference is $1,295.00 and that includes tuition, shuttle transportation from the airport, a private room for five nights at the C.O.D. Ranch, all meals, the Algonkian workshop book, "Immersed in The Art of Fiction," and private ms consulation.

NOTE: Room reservations will be made via Algonkian.

Students will arrive by Tuesday evening. The conference is five days, beginning Wednesday morning, lasting till the following Sunday. Sessions and exercises are intensive and continue through the day. The workshops begin promptly at 8:00 AM, lunch at noon, and end at 5:00 PM. Participants can unwind before dinner but are expected to work on their exercises in the evenings if necessary. As for supplies, participants should either bring their laptop or else plenty of note paper to write on in order to generate ideas and notes during discussions.

Pre-conference assignments and readings will follow upon registration.



REFUND POLICY: full refund up to January 19, 2007. Credit towards another conference after 1/19.

The C.O.D. Ranch

Though our original location, The Ghost Ranch Lodge, is now history, we've decided to retain the original conference name. Why? Because we like it. Regardless, our new "Ghost Ranch" location is thirty-five miles north of Tucson, in the pristine high desert, at a place called the C.O.D. Ranch, and we couldn't be happier about it. An official dude ranch, the C.O.D. stands on the edge of the Coronado National Forest. Its adobe casitas were hand built, with renovations in the mid-1990s to include comfortable Mexican colonial décor. Horseback riding is popular at the C.O.D. Miles of trails wind through the wilderness on the remote north side of the Catalina Mountains, and there, riders encounter a classic high-desert riding experience. Cookouts, barbeques, country western dancing, and roping lessons augment the cowboy mood. As owner Steve Malkin says, "The goal of C.O.D. is to stir the soul, bring people together, and let nature do it's own healing."

The phone number at the C.O.D. Ranch is 1-520-615-3211, but know that Algonkian will take care of all reservations. Please write us at algonkian@webdelsol.com if you have further questions, or phone our home office at 1-800-250-8290. We're looking forward to a great conference.

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 eight 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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