Odyssey Writing Workshop
Mont Vernon, New Hampshire, United States
TUITION / COST:$2,350 (2020 rate)
Bestselling author George R. R. Martin is funding a scholarship for a horror writer that covers full tuition and housing. Five other scholarships are available.
CONTACT: Jeanne Cavelos
Since its inception in 1996, Odyssey has become one of the most highly respected workshops for writers of fantasy, science fiction, and horror in the world. Top authors, editors and agents serve as guests, and 59% 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 each summer at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire. College credit is available. Class meets for over 4 1/2 hours, 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, and weekends to writing, critiquing each other's work, and completing class assignments. Guest lecturers visit one day/week. 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 bestselling 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. Jeanne was nominated for the World Fantasy Award for her work teaching Odyssey.
What Graduates Say
"I have three graduate degrees, but I can easily say that Jeanne Cavelos is the best instructor I've ever had. I came to Odyssey with specific ideas about what the problems were in my fiction. During the first week, I learned I had problems with my fiction that I didn't even realize I had. Jeanne, though, teaches us that those problems should not overwhelm fiction writers; instead, she teaches us how to solve them." --Brigitte McCray
"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, bestselling 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 2021 workshop include some of the best teachers in the field: bestselling authors David Farland, Meagan Spooner, and Gregory Ashe; award-winning author P. Djéli Clark, award-winning author/editor Sheree Renée Thomas, and award-winning editor/publisher Scott H. Andrews, and more.
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 writers want to reach their full potential, they need 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, now in its 26th year, 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 1.
Odyssey Online Classes: Three online courses are offered each winter. Odyssey's online courses provide live, interactive class meetings; rigorous, carefully designed assignments; one-on-one attention; and insightful, in-depth critiques. Each course is focused on a specific element of fiction writing and designed for writers at a particular skill level, from beginner to advanced. Most classes are helpful for writers of all genres of fiction. The application deadline is December 7.
Odyssey Webinars: Watch and learn at your convenience. Topics include productivity, characters and character arcs, and options for publishing your novel, from Big 5 publishers to small press to self-publishing.
Odyssey Critique Service: Writers can receive professional-level feedback on their fiction writing through our critique service. Critiquers are graduates of the Odyssey Writing Workshop who have gone on to successful careers as professional fiction writers. Critiquers include bestsellers and award winners. Critiques are thorough, specific, and in depth.
Odyssey Consultations: One-hour, live, online consultations with Odyssey Director Jeanne Cavelos are available for writers who would like to talk out some writing problem. Those uncertain how to develop a particular idea, stuck in the middle of a story or novel, or struggling with a recurring writing problem are welcome to set up a consultation.
Odyssey Coaching: Is your productivity not what you wish it was? Do you feel blocked or discouraged or overwhelmed? Coach Sherry Peters can help you discover what's holding you back and provide the tools and support you need to overcome those obstacles.
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 Salon: Our live, monthly online discussion session allows you to see and talk to other writers. You can provide insights, share struggles, ask a question, or participate in exploration of our discussion topic.
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.