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  • Ellen
    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
    Message 1 of 2 , Feb 10, 2009
      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.

      Ellen Denham

      Joan.Marie.Verba@... wrote:
      > --- Original Message ---
      > From: "Susan Sielinski" <susansielinski@...
      > <mailto:susansielinski%40yahoo.com>>
      > To: <mythsoc-owner@yahoogroups.com
      > <mailto:mythsoc-owner%40yahoogroups.com>>
      > 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
      > www.odysseyworkshop.org
      > 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>
      > www.odysseyworkshop.org
      > ****************************
      > Publicity Release
      > January 2009
      > 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
      > 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 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
      > 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
      > their
      > writing.
      > 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
      > radio
      > 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
      > Hand
      > 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
      > Cards
      > 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
      > fiction/fantasy
      > 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
      > Vaughn,
      > 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,
      > published
      > by DAW; Red Dragon Codex by R. D. Henham, published by Mirrorstone Books;
      > The Mirror by Natalia Lincoln, published by Space & Time Books; The
      > Eunuch's
      > 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
      > only
      > 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.
      > <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@...
      > <mailto:jcavelos%40sff.net>.

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