Fwd: Odyssey Writing Workshop 2010
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From: Susan Sielinski <susansielinski@...>
Date: Mon, Nov 23, 2009 at 3:01 PM
Subject: Odyssey Writing Workshop 2010
Dear *Fantasy_Books* List Owner,
If the members of *Fantasy_Books* are interested in science fiction,
fantasy, or horror, they might be interested in the Odyssey Writing
Workshop. The 2010 workshop will be held from June 7th to July 16th at Saint
Anselm College <http://www.anselm.edu/> in Manchester, New Hampshire.
Odyssey provides a great opportunity for writers to improve their skills and
receive feedback from editors and authors. More information can be found in
the press release below, or on the workshop website www.odysseyworkshop.org.
The director, Jeanne Cavelos <http://www.sff.net/odyssey/jcbio.html>, is
always happy to answer questions and discuss the workshop. She can be
reached by email at jcavelos@....
I'd appreciate it if you'd consider forwarding this to your list.
ODYSSEY WRITING WORKSHOP
ANNOUNCES ITS 15th SUMMER SESSION
Since its inception in 1996, Odyssey has become one of the most respected
workshops in the science fiction, fantasy, and horror writing community.
Odyssey is for developing writers whose work is approaching publication
quality and for published writers who want to improve their work. The
six-week workshop combines an intensive learning and writing experience with
in-depth feedback on student manuscripts. Top authors, editors, and agents
have served as guest lecturers, including George R. R. Martin, Harlan
Ellison, Jane Yolen, Terry Brooks, Robert J. Sawyer, Ben Bova, Nancy Kress,
Elizabeth Hand, Jeff VanderMeer, Donald Maass, Sheila Williams, Shawna
McCarthy, Carrie Vaughn, and Dan Simmons. Fifty-three percent of Odyssey
graduates go on to professional publication.
The program is held every summer on Saint Anselm College's beautiful campus
in Manchester, NH. Saint Anselm is one of the finest liberal arts colleges
in the country, dedicated to excellence in education, and its campus
provides a peaceful setting and state-of-the-art facilities for Odyssey
students. College credit is available upon request.
Jeanne Cavelos, Odyssey's director, founder, and primary instructor, is a
best-selling author and a former senior editor at Bantam Doubleday Dell
Publishing, where she won the World Fantasy Award for her work. Being a
writer/editor makes Cavelos uniquely suited to provide students with
constructive and professional critiques of their work. "I give the same
unflinchingly honest, concrete, detailed feedback that I provided as a
senior editor," Cavelos said. Her typewritten critiques average over 1,000
words, and her handwritten line edits on manuscripts are extensive. In
addition, she guides students through the six weeks, gaining in-depth
knowledge of their work, providing detailed assessments of their strengths
and weaknesses in private meetings, and helping them target their weaknesses
one by one.
Odyssey class time is split between workshopping sessions and lectures. An
advanced, comprehensive curriculum covers the elements of fiction writing in
depth. Students learn the tools and techniques necessary to strengthen
The workshop runs from June 7 to July 16, 2010. Class meets for four hours
in the morning, five days a week. Students spend about eight hours more per
day writing and critiquing each other's work. Prospective students, aged
eighteen and up, apply from all over the world. The early admission
application deadline is JANUARY 30, and the regular admission deadline is
APRIL 8. Tuition is $1900, and housing is $775 for a double room and $1550
for a single.
*Meet Our 2010 Writer-in-Residence*
Odyssey's 2010 writer-in-residence, Laura Anne Gilman, is a former Executive
Editor at NAL/Penguin USA and the author of several fantasy series. The
sixth book in her urban fantasy *Retrievers Series*, *Blood from Stone*,
came out in May 2009. The second book of the *The Vineart War
of Stone*, will be available in October of 2010. Ms. Gilman has also
written a young adult trilogy, *Grail Quest;* paranormal romance novels
under the name of Anne Leonard; and media tie-in novels. She has co-edited
a number of anthologies and published over thirty works of short fiction,
ranging in genre from mainstream, to science fiction, to horror.
*Other Guest Lecturers*
Odyssey is pleased to welcome its 2010 guest lecturers: Bram Stoker
Award-winner Michael A. Arnzen; World Fantasy Award-winner Elizabeth Hand;
Gregory Frost, bestselling author and Swarthmore College Fiction Writing
Workshop Director; Alexander Jablokov, author of six science fiction novels;
and David G. Hartwell, Senior Editor at Tor/Forge Books, winner of several
Hugo awards, a World Fantasy award, and editor of four Nebula-winning
If you're reading science fiction, fantasy, and horror, you're reading the
work of Odyssey graduates. If you've read recent issues of some of the top
fiction magazines in the field--*Realms of Fantasy*, *Asimov's*,
Tales*, *Intergalactic Medicine Show, Apex Magazine, *and* Space &
read stories by Odyssey graduates Eric James Stone, David Barr Kirtley, Erin
Hoffman, Clayton Kroh, Larry Hodges, Scott H. Andrews, Matthew S. Rotundo,
Carrie Vaughn, Carl Frederick, and World Fantasy Award-winner Theodora
If you've been to the bookstore lately, you've seen books by Odyssey
graduates, including *New York Times *bestseller *Kitty Raises Hell* by
Carrie Vaughn, published by Grand Central; *Superpowers* by David J.
Schwartz, published by Random House; *Dragonseed* by James Maxey, published
by Solaris Books; *Foxfire* by Barbara Campbell, published by DAW; *Brass
Dragon Codex* by R. D. Henham, published by Mirrorstone Books; *Written in
Blood* by Luisa Prieto, published by Allure Books; *Kings and Assassins* by
Lane Robins, published by Del Rey; *Evil Ways: A Morris and Chastain
Investigation* by Justin Gustainis, published by Solaris Books; and *Sins &
Shadows* by Lyn Benedict, published by Ace.
*Comments from the Class of 2009*
"I would recommend Odyssey to anyone who wants to write science fiction,
fantasy, or horror professionally. Your writing will make quantum leaps in
quality during a challenging six weeks. Jeanne is a fantastic instructor
and her experience as a writer and also as an industry professional come
through in every class and critique. The guest lecturers and
writer-in-residence add a fresh dimension and perspectives not only on how
to write science fiction, fantasy, and horror, but also what it takes and
what it means to be a professional writer." --Travis Heermann, author of *Heart
of the Ronin***
"I've never worked with an instructor who was so dedicated to my personal
learning. Odyssey is an extraordinary experience because Jeanne puts so
much of her love of writers, the craft, and the genres into it." --Peter
*Other Odyssey Resources and Services*
The Odyssey Web site, www.odysseyworkshop.org <http://www.sff.net/odyssey>,
offers many resources for writers, including a critique service, free
podcasts, writing and publishing tips, and a weekly writing LiveJournal, as
well as more information about how to apply. Also available on the site is
information about the Odyssey's new online classes.
Those interested in applying to the workshop should visit the Web site,
phone (603) 673-6234, or e-mail jcavelos@....
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