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    FROM: Jeanne Cavelos Director Odyssey Writing Workshops Charitable Trust P.O. Box 75 Mont Vernon, NH 03057 Phone/Fax (603) 673-6234 jcavelos@sff.net
    Message 1 of 1 , Oct 18, 2010
      FROM: Jeanne Cavelos


      Odyssey Writing Workshops Charitable Trust

      P.O. Box 75

      Mont Vernon, NH 03057

      Phone/Fax (603) 673-6234




      Publicity Release

      October 2010



      The Odyssey Writing Workshop, one of the most respected programs for writers
      of fantasy, science fiction, and horror, is offering three online writing
      classes this winter. Each class is focused on a particular element of
      fiction writing and is designed for writers at a particular skill level,
      from beginners to professional writers.

      For sixteen years, Odyssey has pursued its mission to help developing
      writers of fantasy, science fiction, and horror improve their work by
      holding its annual six-week, in-person workshop in Manchester, New
      Hampshire. But last year, using the latest technology, Odyssey expanded its
      mission, taking the teaching techniques that are so effective at the
      workshop and adapting them to create online classes. Odyssey Director
      Jeanne Cavelos explains, "We have worked very hard to ensure that our online
      classes are of the same quality and caliber as our in-person workshop and
      that they deserve to carry the name of Odyssey." Courses provide a
      supportive yet challenging, energizing atmosphere, with a class size limited
      to fourteen students. While courses are designed for adult writers of
      fantasy, science fiction, and horror, interested writers of other genres are
      welcome to apply.

      Last winter, Odyssey offered its first online course, Showing versus Telling
      in Fantastic Fiction. "The class was a huge success," Jeanne Cavelos says.
      "Using Web conferencing software, we held live class sessions with fourteen
      students from the US, Japan, and Australia. We had some great discussions,
      and the students proved that they could commit significant amounts of time
      and energy to a rigorous, demanding course despite the long distances. They
      worked intensely on recognizing and manipulating showing and telling in
      their fiction and made exciting improvements."

      This year, in response to demand, Odyssey is offering three different online
      courses covering some of the most critical issues for developing writers:

      Three-Act Structure in Fantastic

      Course Meets: January 5 - February 2, 2011

      Instructor: Jeanne Cavelos

      Level: Intermediate/Advanced

      Application Deadline: December 9, 2010

      One of the greatest weaknesses of developing writers is plot. One of the
      best tools for strengthening plot is the act. Plotting in acts creates a
      more suspenseful, unpredictable, and emotionally satisfying experience for
      the reader. The strongest plots often have three acts. In this course,
      students will study plots of a variety of works, and they'll learn how to
      create their own strong three-act plots.

      Worldbuilding in Fantastic
      Course Meets: January 12 - January 26, 2011

      Instructor: Melissa Scott

      Level: Beginner/Intermediate

      Application Deadline: December 16, 2010

      The most prominent element that separates science fiction, fantasy, and much
      horror from other genres is the setting. A unique, fully realized,
      believable world provides much of the appeal of fantastic fiction. Creating
      a vivid, consistent world is not a simple task. Incorporating that world
      gracefully into a story is another challenge. Award-winning author Melissa
      Scott is the absolute expert on the subject, and in this mini-course, she
      will guide students through the process step by step.

      Writing in Scenes
      Course Meets: February 9 - 23, 2011

      Instructor: Nancy Kress

      Level: Beginner/Intermediate

      Application Deadline: January 10, 2011

      For award-winning author Nancy Kress, one principle made all the difference
      in her writing, transforming it from promising but unsalable to compelling
      and published. That one principle was writing in scenes. In this unique
      mini-course, Nancy will explain how to determine the purpose and shape of a
      scene. She'll discuss the five modes of expression used in a scene, how to
      find the optimal balance between these five modes for a particular scene,
      and the importance of dialogue as the heart of almost all scenes. Nancy, an
      acclaimed writing teacher, provides great insights into the process of
      creating a scene.

      More information about Odyssey's Online Classes is available at
      http://www.sff.net/odyssey/online.html or by emailing jcavelos@....

      Odyssey's Online Classes pack valuable content into each session and provide
      assignments that challenge students to take their writing to the next level.
      The classes provide the tools and techniques students need to improve their
      writing, along with feedback on their work that reveals whether they are
      successfully using those tools and techniques.

      Cavelos says, "If you're ready to hear about the weaknesses in your writing
      and ready to work to overcome them, you'd be welcome to apply to one of our
      online classes."

      In addition, the Odyssey Web site,
      www.odysseyworkshop.org, offers many resources for writers, including free
      podcasts, writing and publishing tips, a weekly writing blog, and a critique
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