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    ... If the members of Myth Soc are interested in science fiction, fantasy, or horror, they might be interested in the Odyssey Writing Workshop. The 2010
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      If the members of Myth Soc 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 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

      I'd appreciate it if you'd consider forwarding this to your list.

      Thank you,

      Susan Sielinski

      Odyssey Administrator




      Publicity Release

      February 2010



      About Odyssey

      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
      their writing.

      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 trilogy, Weight 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

      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, Intergalactic Medicine Show, Apex Magazine, and Space & Time--you've
      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 Goss.

      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 ,
      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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