I'm a new writer with a novel in need of revision (what a surprise). I've been aware of this course— http://novelwriting.algonkianconferences.com — for some time, as a result of searching for writers' conferences. I wasted a ton of money 2 yrs ago on a couple of traditional conferences, won't do that again (both had a great reputation, were in academic settings, lots of nice trees, didn't learn much). This course, by comparison, is cheap at $800, and looks to be a lot of work (which is as it should be, if you ask me). I'm also impressed by the fact that they don't seem to do a lot of marketing (I'm on a lot of lists, and they have never emailed me). I realize that there is some online controversy about Michael Neff, but I am only looking for information from people who have experience with this course. Is there anything I should know before signing up? AW is the best source on this kind of thing, so I'm checking here first. Grateful for any and all info.