The Place and the Mission - PLEASE NOTE: THE NIAGARA EVENT IS RESCHEDULED FOR 2014 - DATES TBA
New York Comes to Niagara is based on the successful series of Algonkian events and novel workshops. This Algonkian Canadian event is designed to introduce promising and talented writers to the professionals who can help them achieve their goal of becoming published.
This conference is an opportunity to intimately meet, in small groups and individually, with the people who build writing careers. At this conference you will:
Who is this Conference For?
This conference is geared towards those who are writing or have written a novel. The Agents and Editors who attend are actively seeking new talent, and while no one walks away from the conference with a signed contract, many of the attendees will leave with requests for submission, by-passing months of querying and standard rejection letters.
Most importantly, you will gain valuable insight into the commercial viability of your work-in-progress, along with critical feedback on how to improve it.
How is it Different?
Our primary goal is to help you understand where you are today and what you need to do to get published.
Along with learning the nuances of competitive narrative craft and composition, you will also learn how to identify the most marketable elements of your story and position your work in such a manner as to attract the attention of Agents and Publishers. With over 100,000 new novels being written every year, most Agents say they reject work simply based on your query. You will learn how to grab their attention at the first line and keep them reading.
Because we accept fewer writers than most conferences, those writers who are accepted are given more time to establish relationships with the editors and agents present. Unlike conferences that offer keynotes from popular speakers to large groups of attendees, our prize-winning faculty will meet with students in an intimate setting to discuss writing and publishing. Writers with manuscripts and works in progress will have an opportunity to pitch their novels as well as network and learn about the publishing business.
Come Prepared to Write, Read and Pitch to New York Editors and Agents
The Old Stone Inn: Where It Happens
The conference takes place at the Old Stone Inn, the only historical boutique hotel located in beautiful Niagara Falls, Canada. Soaring cathedral ceilings and wood burning fireplace provide old world charm. An exceptional dining experience is sure to delight with local cuisines and fine wines. A short walk from Niagara Falls, there is no need for a car to fully enjoy the spectacular surroundings. Stroll along the river or through adjacent parks.
And if you absolutely crave night life? Fallsview Casino Resort is only a block away. Built on a cliff overlooking the world-famous Horseshoe Falls, Fallsview Casino Resort is the largest and most elegant gaming resort facility in Canada. Fallsview offers an elegant casino with over 3000 slot machines, 130 gaming tables and an exciting poker room. The resort also features dozens of shops and restaurants, and the Avalon Theatre with world class entertainment.
Minutes from Niagara-on-the-Lake
We’ll be certain to make time to visit the loveliest town in Ontario – Niagara-on-the-Lake, where you can stroll back through history and enjoy award-winning theatre, fine dining, shopping, estate wineries, farm markets and historical sites.
Today, over two hundred years after its founding, Niagara-on-the-Lake draws visitors from around the world who enjoy Fort George, the Shaw Festival with its three theatres, the marina, the heritage business district for shopping, golf courses, parks and beautiful farmland, agricultural markets and world famous Niagara wineries.
How to Get There
If you are flying, Buffalo Airport in Buffalo, New York is only 25 minutes away. But remember to bring your passport, you’ll be crossing the border into Canada and passports are required. We will be providing shuttle service information closer to the time of the conference.
From Toronto: Follow QEW Niagara, exit at Hwy 420/bridge to USA cutoff. At the first stop light, turn right on to Stanley Avenue, Second stop light turn left on to ROBINSON STREET. Proceed one block, Old Stone Inn is on your left hand side.
From Buffalo at Peace Bridge: (Buffalo, NY - Fort Erie, Ont): Follow QEW toward Toronto. Once you reach Niagara Falls (approx 25 mins) exit Hwy 420/bridge to USA cutoff. At the first stop light, turn right on to Stanley Avenue. At the second stop light turn left on to ROBINSON STREET. Proceed one block, Old Stone Inn is on your left hand side._______________________________
Algonkian Success Stories
It started with a literary novel, "The Fiction Class" by Susan Breen. Going into 2013, Algonkian has successfully assisted and networked writers into more than four dozen agent and publishing contracts covering all genres. Tin House and Squaw Valley, MOVE OVER!
Ann Garvin's On Maggie's Watch, is out from Berkeley. Our Algonkian staff played a big role in making this important literary project come to life, and huge congrats to Ann for writing it!
Gina Damico's YA Fantasy grim reaper novel, Croak, was sold to Julie Tibbott at Houghton Mifflin in a two-book deal by Tina Wexler at ICM--project acquired from Algonkian's NYC Pitch. Thank you, Gina!
Viking recently chose Algonkian conference novel (and Amazon Contest Placer), In Malice Quite Close, by Algonkian vet, Brandi Reissenweber who won't stop thanking us! MQC is due for publication in early 2011.
Berkley Books now informs us they have two books under contract from the NYC Pitch. The latest is an upscale fiction by by Katharine Britton (the title currently in flux). Thanks to agent Jennifer Unter for representing this fine novel to Jackie Cantor, Berkley editor.
"A small misstep derails several lives ..." David Klein's debut novel, Stash, from Broadway Books by way of Algonkian events and smarts. Now available from Amazon. This kind of success is habit forming.
Sujatha Hampton's new novel, As it Was Written (formerly Evermore), is available from Amazon. Congrats to Sujatha and Thomas Dunne. Algonkian take a bow!