Odyssey Writing Workshop
Mont Vernon, New Hampshire, United States
Since its inception in 1996, Odyssey has become one of the most highly respected workshops for writers of fantasy, science fiction, and horror. Top authors, editors and agents serve as guests, and 58% of graduates go on to professional publication.
The six-week workshop is a serious, demanding program for developing writers whose work is approaching publication quality and for published writers who want to improve their work.
The workshop is held for six weeks each summer at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire. College credit is available.
Class meets for four hours each morning, five days/week. Half of class time is spent on lectures, writing exercises, and discussions; the other half is spent workshopping student stories. Students devote afternoons/evenings to writing, critiquing each other's work, and completing class assignments. Guest lecturers visit one day/week and a writer-in-residence spends a full week working with students.
Scholarships and a work/study position are available.
About Director Jeanne Cavelos
Jeanne Cavelos was a senior editor at Bantam Doubleday Dell, where she edited fantasy, science fiction, and horror, and won the World Fantasy Award for her work. She is also the best-selling author of seven books. As director and primary instructor at Odyssey, she provides an advanced, comprehensive curriculum and the same unflinchingly honest, detailed feedback she provided as an editor. She works individually with students and charts their progress.
What Graduates Say
"I learned more about writing in six weeks at Odyssey than I have struggling on my own over the last ten years." —Rebecca Shelley
"The first two stories I ever sold would not have been written without Odyssey." —Elaine Isaak
Featured Writers Include:
Director Jeanne Cavelos is a former senior editor at Bantam Doubleday Dell, best-selling author, and winner of the World Fantasy Award.
Guest lecturers come in once a week, for about a 24-hour period, to add their own unique insights and perspectives, and to give students feedback on their work. Lecturers for the 2014 workshop include some of the top teachers in the field: authors Elizabeth Hand, Catherynne M. Valente, Ellen Kushner, Delia Sherman, and Alexander Jablokov; and editor Gordon Van Gelder.
Our 2014 writers-in-residence are award-winning authors Melanie Tem and Steve Rasnic Tem. Melanie and Steve served as writers-in-residence at Odyssey 2005, and the result was an amazing, insight-filled week that the class still talks about to this day. Melanie’s work has received the Bram Stoker, International Horror Guild, British Fantasy, and World Fantasy Awards. She has published numerous short stories, eleven solo novels, two collaborative novels with Nancy Holder, and two with her husband Steve. She is also a published poet, an oral storyteller, and a playwright. Steve is widely considered one of the top short story writers working today. He is the author of over 400 published short stories and winner of the Bram Stoker, International Horror Guild, British Fantasy, and World Fantasy Awards. He has had numerous short story collections published as well as six novels. Melanie and Steve are amazing teachers and mentors. They will be lecturing, workshopping, and meeting with students for the entire fifth week, a wonderful opportunity for the class.
Odyssey Writing Workshop
P.O. Box 75
New Hampshire, United States
Odyssey Writing Workshop
Odyssey Writing Workshops Charitable Trust
The Odyssey Writing Workshops Charitable Trust is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization formed with a simple yet inspiring mission: to help developing writers of fantasy, science fiction, and horror improve their work.
If you're a writer of fantastic fiction, Odyssey's programs and resources are designed to help you take your writing to the next level. Odyssey is based on the principle that the journey to become the best writer one can be is lifelong. If a writer wants to reach his full potential, to have his work live and grow along with him, he needs to constantly strive to improve. Because of this, the Odyssey Writing Workshops Charitable Trust offers feedback and guidance to writers at all levels, from beginners to successful professionals.
Odyssey offers a variety of programs for writers:
Odyssey Writing Workshop: Our intensive, six-week, in-person workshop is held each summer in Manchester, NH, and is widely considered one of the best workshops in the world for writers of fantasy, science fiction, and horror. It is intended for writers whose work is nearing publication quality and for published writers who want to improve their work. The application deadline is April 8.
Odyssey Online Classes: Several online courses are offered each winter. Each course is focused on a specific element of fiction writing and designed for writers at a particular skill level, from beginner to advanced. Courses are rigorous and demanding, and include live class interaction between students and the instructor. Application deadlines are in December.
Odyssey Critique Service: Any writer can receive professional-level feedback on his fiction writing through our critique service. Critiquers are graduates of the Odyssey Writing Workshop who have gone on to successful careers as professional writers. Critiques are thorough, specific, and in depth.
Odyssey also offers many free resources for writers:
Odyssey Podcasts: These audio excerpts from lectures by guest writers, editors, and agents at the Odyssey Writing Workshop provide a wonderful educational resource. You'll find a new podcast posted every month or two.
Odyssey Blog: Our monthly blog posts include writing advice and interviews with writers about writing.
Writing Tips and Publishing Tips: As time allows, new tips are posted, offering valuable information. Tips cover issues ranging from grammatical topics like Punctuation and Sentence Unity, to story-focused topics such as Outlining Your Plot and Active Versus Reactive Characters, to publication topics such as Standard Manuscript Format and Frequently Asked Questions about Literary Agents.
Just for Fun: This resource provides quick, easy writing exercises and ideas to help get your creative juices flowing, to give you ideas, and to help you focus on various specific aspects of your writing. Check in periodically for new entries.
Links: Our links page helps to connect you with other helpful writing sites.
E-Newsletter: Our newsletter provides the latest information on all Odyssey programs and events, as well as writing and publishing advice, news about Odyssey graduates, and alerts about new markets, agents, and resources. It is sent out about four times per year.
For Graduates: Many resources are offered for graduates of the Odyssey Writing Workshop and the Odyssey Online Classes, including email discussion groups and critique groups allowing you to keep in touch with classmates, discuss writing issues, share information, and critique each other's work.