I attended Odyssey in 2006 and highly recommend it. I thought I knew a
few things about writing, but I learned enough in the first week that if
I had to go home right then, I still would have gotten my money's
worth. And it just got better from there. If anyone has questions
about my Odyssey experience, feel free to email me off list.
> --- Original Message ---
> From: "Susan Sielinski" <susansielinski@...
> To: <firstname.lastname@example.org
> Date: Tue, 10 Feb 2009 09:50:56 -0500
> Subject: Odyssey Writing Workshop 2009
> Dear Myth Soc List Owner,
> If the members of Myth Soc are interested in writing science fiction,
> fantasy, or horror, they might be interested in the Odyssey Writing
> Workshop. The 2009 workshop will be held from June 8 to July 17 at Saint
> Anselm College 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
> The director, Jeanne Cavelos
> , is always happy to answer
> questions and discuss the workshop. She can be reached by email at
> jcavelos@... <mailto:jcavelos%40sff.net>.
> I'd appreciate it if you'd consider forwarding this to your list.
> Thank you,
> Susan Sielinski
> Odyssey Administrator
> susansielinski@... <mailto:susansielinski%40yahoo.com>
> Publicity Release
> January 2009
> ODYSSEY WRITING WORKSHOP
> ANNOUNCES SUMMER 2009 SESSION
> About Odyssey
> Since its inception in 1996, Odyssey has earned a place as 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, 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
> 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 unique, lovely 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 around
> 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
> 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 8th to July 17th, 2009. 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 31st,
> and the regular admission deadline is APRIL 8th. Tuition is $1900, and
> housing is $700 for a double room and $1400 for a single.
> Meet Our 2009 Writer-in-Residence
> Odyssey's 2009 writer-in-residence is Carrie Vaughn, New York Times
> bestselling author and Odyssey 1998 graduate
> Carrie is the author of the
> phenomenally popular "Kitty" novels, about a werewolf who hosts a talk
> show. The first novel, Kitty and the Midnight Hour has over a hundred
> thousand copies in print. Books five and six of the series, Dead Man's
> and Kitty Raises Hell, will appear in 2009. Carrie's short stories have
> appeared in Realms of Fantasy, Weird Tales, George R. R. Martin's Wild
> series, and other anthologies. She has a Master's degree in English
> Literature from the University of Colorado at Boulder and has been a
> lifelong science fiction fan and reader.
> Other Guest Lecturers
> Odyssey is pleased to welcome its 2009 guest lecturers: bestselling author
> Jeffrey A. Carver; award-winning authors Melissa Scott, Patricia Bray, and
> Jack Ketchum, and Editor-in-Chief of the Ace and Roc science
> imprints, Ginjer Buchanan.
> Odyssey Graduates
> 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, Analog, Weird
> Tales, Fantasy Magazine, Intergalactic Medicine Show--you've read
> stories by
> Odyssey graduates Theodora Goss, David Barr Kirtley, Eric James Stone,
> Clayton Kroh, Larry Hodges, Matthew S. Rotundo, James Maxey, Carrie
> Carl Frederick, and Andrea Kail.
> If you've been to the bookstore lately, you've seen books by Odyssey
> graduates, including Superpowers by David J. Schwartz, published by Random
> House; Dragonforge by James Maxey, published by Solaris Books;
> Maledicte by
> Lane Robins, published by Del Rey; Bloodstone by Barbara Campbell,
> by DAW; Red Dragon Codex by R. D. Henham, published by Mirrorstone Books;
> The Mirror by Natalia Lincoln, published by Space & Time Books; The
> Heir by Elaine Isaak, published by HarperCollins; and Kitty and the Silver
> Bullet by Carrie Vaughn, published by Warner.
> Comments from the Class of 2008
> "I sold three novels before I came to Odyssey. I just wish I had gone to
> Odyssey before I wrote them--they would have been better books. Odyssey
> freakin' rocks!"
> --J. Justin Gustainis, author of Evil Ways
> "You will never be more eager to work yourself to the bone. Nor will you
> have as much reward for doing it. The six weeks at Odyssey have done more
> for my writing career than my bachelor's degree in creative writing. I
> wish I'd known about it sooner."
> --Breanna Wojcik
> Other Odyssey Resources and Services
> The Odyssey website www.odysseyworkshop.org
> offers free podcasts, writing and publishing tips, a class syllabus, and
> more information about how to apply. An overview of the Odyssey Critique
> Service is also available on the website at
> <http://www.sff.net/odyssey/crit.html.> This service provides authors with
> professional-level feedback on their writing, done with the
> thoroughness and
> depth for which Odyssey is known.
> Those interested in applying to the workshop should visit the website,
> phone/fax (603) 673-6234, or e-mail jcavelos@...
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