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   An Intense Five Day Small-Group Conference
   For Novel and Fiction Writers of All Genres

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

Five Days at The Bayside Resort    8/06 (dates TBA)
Conference includes breakfast/lunch, private room, tuition, and airport transportation.
More Info | Application | Syllabus | Algonkian FAQ | Short Fiction Syllabus

For serious writers who wish to either begin the novel, or work towards perfecting their novel-in-progress (while also learning to write short fiction), Algonkian has put together a team of five of the best professionals on the east coast to work with our fiction craft workshops in Key Largo. They include agent Jenny Bent from Trident Media in NYC; Denise Duhamel, Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at FIU; John Dufresne, Professor of Creative Writing at FIU; Michael Neff, fiction editor and workshop leader; and author/editor Charles Salzberg of the New York Writers Workshop and The New School. More on them below. Please note that meetings with faculty will be non-conference type, i.e., intimate and relaxed, but that students will work 40+ hours on readings, exercises, and other assignments.

Our faculty for Key Largo WC includes:

Jenny Bent, agent from Trident Media in NYC, will attend the Key Largo workshop to meet with students and discuss their work as well as the publishing biz. Trident Media represents such esteemed clients as Garrison Keillor and Michael Ondaatje ("The English Patient"). More on Jenny and her projects, both fiction and non-fiction, can be [found here].

Denise Duhamel, Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at FIU, will attend the Key Largo workshop. Denise, a writer and prose poet, has won several awards including the Vogelstein Foundation award and an award from the New York Foundation for the Arts. Her books include "Exquisite Politics" and "Girl Soldier."

John Dufresne is a Professor in the Masters Creative Writing Program at FIU and a winner of a PEN Syndicated Fiction award. His novel "Louisiana Power & Light" was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year in 1994, and "Love Warps the Mind a Little," a New York Times Notable Book of the Year in 1997. His superb short fiction has appeared in many journals, including Missouri Review.

Algonkian chief fiction editor, Michael Neff, will be the workshop leader in Key Largo. 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

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. The Key Largo workshop leader, Michael Neff, is interviewed on this dvd.

For those students writing short fiction to build publishing credentials, we're including with the Key Largo workshops, "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 an extra intensive workshop session with the workshop leader to discuss short fiction craft and market.

Algonkian Key Largo Prologue

Immersed in oceanic tropics at the core of mythical Key Largo, Algonkian students will study and apply techniques of craft, style, and complication learned from such dramatists and authors as Sue Monk Kidd, Mitch Albom, Raymond Carver, Gail Godwin, E. Annie Proulx, Nathaniel West, Arthur Miller, Michael Chabon, Flannery O'Connor, Barbara Kingsolver, Tennessee Williams, Robert Graves, Nabokov, and many others. Writers, regardless of experience, will come away from this five day intensive with the specific knowledge it takes to create intellectual and powerful fiction. The workshop leader will not only review promising novel and short story concepts and pass them on to an agent who works with Algonkian, but will also devote workshop time to high concept pitching, and other aspects of fiction-to-film. We want to help you get published, and discuss the potential of turning your fiction into film. 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:Please apply by using our Algonkian Key Largo application form. Registration payment is due upon your acceptance into the workshop. A secure credit card processor is available below for registration payment, or by certified mail and payable to "The Algonkian Key Largo Workshop." The total fee for the five day workshop is $1,165.00 and that includes your private room at the Bayside Resort for five nights, tuition, breakfast/lunch, a working day trip in the Keys, plus the Algonkian Workshop instructional materials, guides, and exercises. Transportation to and from Miami airport arranged for workshop participants at no extra cost. More information about the Bayside Resort below.

Registration payment is due following application acceptance.

The Syllabus
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REFUND POLICY: a full refund up to July 15. Full credit towards another conference after July 15.

More Info and Florida Keys Activities

As noted above, we will take a working day trip to the keys. A sunset charter cruise may also be arranged if conference participants are willing. Other activities that may be arranged during your stay include deep sea fishing, scuba diving, and snorkeling. Also, for the daring ones, a live romp in a dolphin cove can be arranged. Contact us for more information.

Email us at algonkian@webdelsol.com if you have further questions, or phone us
at 1-800-250-8290. Our address for mailing is:

Web del Sol
Key Largo Algonkian
2020 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Suite 443
Washington, DC 20006

Directions to the Bayside Resort can be found on this web page. Please print them out if necessary. The phone there is 1-800-242-5229, and website: BAYSIDE RESORT KEY LARGO

The Algonkian Author's Workshop is five days, beginning Wednesday morning, lasting till the following Sunday. Sessions and exercises are intensive and continue through the day. The workshop begins promptly at 8:00 AM, lunch at noon, and ends 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 bring a laptop or plenty of note paper to write on in order to generate ideas and notes during discussions.

For your convenience, we've included below some links to Key Largo activities.

Key Largo Dolphin Swims

Florida Keys Sunset Scorecard

Key Largo Snorkel Tours

Key Largo Dive Capital of The World

Florida Keys Adventures

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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