NEW YORK, May 12, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Algonkian Writer Conferences, birthed from online fiction classes at Web del Sol and coming to rest in 2002 on the banks of the Potomac River, have become a major player in the business of preparing and networking nascent fiction authors in all genres, including women's fiction, mystery/suspense, urban and YA fantasy, and upscale literary fiction -- one of the most recent being Roberta Gately, author of LIPSTICK IN AFGHANISTAN.
A nurse, humanitarian aid worker, and writer, Roberta Gately has served in 3rd world war zones ranging from Africa to Afghanistan. She has written on the subject of refugees for the "Journal of Emergency Nursing" and the BBC World News Online. She speaks regularly on the plight of the world's refugees and displaced.
Given Roberta's gifts and tenacity, it was only a matter of time before she sought a new form of happiness, that of becoming a published author in order to tell the world of the struggles she has witnessed. As all hopeful authors discover, the task proved more difficult than she could have imagined, but like many authors, once she became engaged with Algonkian Writer Conferences, the Sisyphean hill leveled to a clear plain:
"Algonkian offered me the opportunity to be part of a real writers group where my ideas and evolving characters were first introduced to other writers and potential readers. That critique allowed me to tweak my characters and storyline to perfection. Algonkian's approach in fine tuning my pitch helped me to tighten my manuscript as well. As a result, my manuscript sold to the very first publisher who saw it."
The novel manuscript in question, LIPSTICK IN AFGHANISTAN, involves two main characters in that war torn country, one an aid nurse, the other a young local woman. It gives insight into the oppression and dominance Afghanistan women face, as well as the empowering nature of friendship.
Roberta Gately's first novel is truly one of a kind, one that transcends the usual tropes of women's fiction and offers the reader a fresh new perspective in a world foreign to most Americans.
About Algonkian Writer Conferences
Algonkian Conferences include the Write to Market Conference, the NYC Pitch and Shop Conference, Algonkian Novel Workshops, and the Fisherman's Wharf Writer's Conference. Algonkian uses the model-and-context approach to teach the art of fiction writing, i.e., models of style and novel structure (gained from known authors) are presented to the writer, practiced and reviewed, thus enabling the writer to productively use this craft knowledge in the context of improving or editing his or her work-in-progress.
SOURCE Web del Sol