Your Personal Odyssey Writing Workshop
Online or Not Specified
We've taken our famed intensive, six-week, in-person workshop, widely considered one of the top programs in the world for writers of fantasy, science fiction, and horror, and transformed it into a personalized, one-on-one online workshop experience, customized for you. You watch the renowned Odyssey lectures, receive expert feedback on your work, and participate in a deep mentoring experience.
Your Personal Odyssey Writing Workshop is a breakthrough experience for writers of fantasy, science fiction, and horror. You'll learn online in an experience customized for you. In-depth video lectures are provided in 6 modules, which you can study in whatever order helps you the most. You can repeat a module on a problem area if you want, moving deeper into the content. With each module, you'll do associated readings, writing exercises, and critiques; create and complete an individualized assignment, and write a story or novel excerpt. You'll receive expert feedback from top authors and editors, and interact with Odyssey director Jeanne Cavelos in a deep mentoring experience.
In addition to the renowned Odyssey lectures, you'll also have access to guest lectures by some of the top writers and editors in the field.
To give each writer the experience that works best for them, we offer 3 sessions of different lengths. If you learn and write quickly, you can take our 6-week session, beginning June 6, 2022. If you want a little more time, you can take our 3-month session, beginning August 8, 2022. If you need to balance your writing with work or other responsibilities, you can take our 6-month session, beginning November 1, 2022.
Only 4 writers will be accepted to each session, ensuring you will receive extensive individual attention.
Application deadline April 1.
Six scholarships 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 and has been twice nominated for the Bram Stoker Award. As director and primary instructor at Your Personal Odyssey, she provides an advanced, comprehensive curriculum and the same unflinchingly honest, detailed feedback she provided as an editor. She has worked individually with writers for over 26 years, and 59% of them have gone on to professional publication. Odyssey graduates include New York Times bestsellers, Amazon bestsellers, and award winners.
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.
Top writers and editors provide both guest lectures and guest critiques to participants in Your Personal Odyssey. Lecturers include some of the best teachers in the field: bestselling authors Brandon Sanderson, Meagan Spooner, and Gregory Ashe; award-winning authors Nisi Shawl, Melissa Scott, P. Djéli Clark, and Eric James Stone; award-winning author/editor Sheree Renée Thomas; award-winning editor/publisher Scott H. Andrews, and more.
Guest critiquers include award-winning authors R. F. Kuang and Elizabeth Hand; award-winning editor/publisher Scott H. Andrews, and more.
Odyssey Writing Workshop
Online or Not Specified
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:
Your Personal Odyssey Writing Workshop: A breakthrough experience for writers of fantasy, science fiction, and horror. We've taken our famed intensive, six-week, in-person workshop, widely considered one of the top programs in the world, and transformed it into a personalized, one-on-one online workshop experience, customized for you. You watch the renowned Odyssey lectures, receive expert feedback on your work, and participate in a deep mentoring experience with Jeanne Cavelos, Odyssey director, bestselling author, former senior editor at Bantam Doubleday Dell, and winner of the World Fantasy Award. 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; challenging 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 6.
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.
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 Odyssey's programs, including online discussion groups and critique groups allowing you to keep in touch with classmates, discuss writing issues, share information, and critique each other's work.