Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Odyssey 2007 Press Release

ODYSSEY WRITING WORKSHOP ANNOUNCES SUMMER 2007 SESSION

About Odyssey
Since its inception in 1996, Odyssey has earned a place as one of the most
respected workshops in the science fiction, fantasy, and horror writing
community. Forty-six 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. 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, Ellen Datlow, Elizabeth Hand, Jeff
VanderMeer, Donald Maass, Sheila Williams, Shawna McCarthy, and Dan Simmons.

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 a 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. She guides students
through the six weeks, gaining in-depth knowledge of their work, providing
detailed assessments of their strengths and weaknesses, and helping them
target their weaknesses one by one. "I give the same unflinchingly honest,
concrete, detailed feedback to students that I provided to professional
authors," Cavelos said. "Along with that, Odyssey offers an advanced,
comprehensive curriculum through in-depth lectures, providing the tools and
techniques students need to improve. Receiving feedback on your work and
learning your weaknesses doesn't help unless you also have the tools to
strengthen those areas. I'm constantly told by graduates that they learned
more at Odyssey than they learned in years of workshopping and creative
writing classes."

The workshop runs from June 11th to July 20th, 2007. Class meets for four
hours in the morning, five days a week. Students spend about eight hours
more each day writing and critiquing each other's work. Prospective
students, aged eighteen and up, apply from all over the world. The
application deadline is APRIL 13th.

Meet Our 2007 Writer-in-Residence
This year, Odyssey is delighted to host Nina Kiriki Hoffman. Over the past
twenty-four years, she has sold novels, juvenile and media tie-in books,
short story collections, and more than 200 short stories. Her works have
been finalists for the Nebula, World Fantasy, Sturgeon, and Endeavour
awards. Her novel The Thread That Binds the Bones (Avon) won a Bram Stoker
Award for first novel. Her other long works include The Silent Strength of
Stones from Avon, A Red Heart of Memories, Past the Size of Dreaming, A
Fistful of Sky from Ace, and A Stir of Bones (young adult fantasy) from
Viking.

Other Guest Lectures
The Odyssey Writing Workshop is also pleased to welcome its 2007 guest
lecturers: Michael A. Burstein, Rodman Philbrick, Michael A. Arnzen,
Elizabeth Hand, John Clute, and George Scithers. Lecturers share their
insights both in class discussion and through group and individual
manuscript critiques.

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--you've read stories by Odyssey graduates David Barr Kirtley, Carrie
Vaughn, Sarah Totton, Carl Frederick, and Natalia Lincoln.

If you read the latest Writers of the Future anthology, you read stories by
Odyssey grads Brian Rappatta, Sarah Totton, and Michail Velichansky.

If you've been to the bookstore lately, you've seen books by Odyssey
graduates, including Bloodstone by Barbara Campbell, published by DAW; The
Eunuch's Heir by Elaine Isaak, published by the Eos imprint of
HarperCollins; and Kitty Goes to Washington by Carrie Vaughn, published by
Warner.

Lane Robins, graduate of the class of '99, will have her first novel,
Maledicte, published by Del Rey this May. She said, "I still consider
attending Odyssey the best step taken in my writing career. Odyssey taught
me I was writing instinctively instead of thoughtfully: I never stopped to
ask why I was putting this scene here, why this character cared, or even
what the ultimate point of my story was. . . . Odyssey taught me about
story structure, about asking myself questions, and about understanding the
reader's expectations as well as my own."

Our Location
Saint Anselm is one of the finest liberal arts colleges in the country,
dedicated to excellence in education, and its campus provides a unique,
lovely setting and state-of-the art facilities for Odyssey students.

Other Odyssey Resources and Services
The Odyssey website www.odysseyworkshop .org offers writing and publishing
tips, a class syllabus, and articles by graduates about their Odyssey
experiences. Information about the new Odyssey Critique Service is also
available on the website. This service provides authors with
professional- level feedback on their writing, done with the thoroughness and
depth for which Odyssey is known.

Those interested in applying to the workshop should visit the website,
phone/fax (603) 673-6234, or e-mail jcavelos@sff. net.

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