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It started with a literary novel, "The Fiction Class" by Susan Breen. Going into 2016, Algonkian Writer Conferences have successfully assisted and networked writers into dozens of agent and publishing contracts covering all genres. Tin House and Squaw Valley, MOVE OVER! More information found here


   10/18 - 10/21/16 . All Genres . $595

     WTM event benefits and Frequently Asked Questions

Why is WTM Unique Among Conferences?

The San Francisco Write to Market Conference combines the market savvy and pitching art of the New York Pitch Conference with the advanced craft of the Algonkian Novel Workshop. apply before completing registration.

The WTM is designed to be unique, pragmatic, and productively honest in terms of the professional evaluations of your novel or work-in-progress, and in the overall approach which places you on a realistic path to publication. And it all begins even before you arrive.

Prior to this event you will be provided by email with an array of pre-conference work and readings that focus on making your novel or narrative non-fiction more competitive. You will also receive the Write to Market Conference Study Guide, as well as a login to a private Algonkian online forum that provides an array of critical story elements you must address prior to the conference.

At the event itself you will engage in network pitch sessions and interact with top list-building agents who will be present to provide connection and advice in proportion to your needs; and in contrast to other events, you will be trained to properly pitch your novel prior to the sessions.

So what does the market really want? Reality check time. 150,000 or more in this country are struggling to write first novels, thousands of manuscripts flooding agent offices, but only a few hundred at most will ever be published by a major house. Why? ... This unique writer conference was developed by the editors and authors at Algonkian Writer Conferences to provide you, the aspiring author, with not only network connections, but comprehensive, hands-on experience utilizing the craft skills, insider advice, and hard-to-swallow facts you must possess before you can even hope to get a first novel successfully published in this tougher-than-ever market.

After completing this event, you will understand how to:

  • Display the craft, voice, and narrative verve that will put you on top even with the most discriminating editor or agent.
  • Develop a reality check-list for all major structural and narrative issues that profoundly affect your novel.
  • Reevaluate your novel premise, development, and all else in a manner the market demands and rewards.
  • Demonstrate how to build your "platform"--publishers are now looking for solid credentials more than ever.
  • Forever avoid the pitfalls of the query and pitch process.
  • Use crucial must-knows to stop the rejection cycle, and write from the heart with newfound smarts.
  • Do whatever is necessary to make an agent or editor feel confident in promoting your novel.


In today's environment, you will face more obstacles than ever. An aspiring author attempting to write the breakout novel must not only create a high concept novel premise that rings with ca-ching, but she or he must avoid all the common pitfalls in title, hook, early character development, prose craft, and narrative composition. Sound complicated? Well, it is. Writers unable to fulfill the many and picky demands of discriminating agents and editors will be rejected every time, and usually within seconds after reading the first page (or even the first line--no kidding).


Why shouldn't they? Hundreds of projects are right behind yours, all clamoring for publication, all written by ambitious yet soon-to-be-disillusioned writers who believe all they ever needed for success was Writer's Digest and their local critique group to get it all straight.

After working with writers and professionals for many years, we know that isn't true. We know how to fix it, and how to place the writer on a realistic path to publication.

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A Few of The Faculty

Ken Atchity, film producer and literary manager, has launched many books and films. His life's passion is finding great storytellers and turning them into bestselling authors and screenwriters. As well as being a famed literary agent at AEI, he has produced 30 films.

Penny Warner, author of The Connor Westphal Mystery Series, will be a guest author at the WTM. She has had over 50 books published, fiction and non-fiction. Her books have won national awards, garnered excellent reviews, and have been printed in 14 countries.


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