Odyssey Workshop

Interview: Melanie Tem and Steve Rasnic Tem

Award-winning authors Melanie Tem and Steve Rasnic Tem will be the writers-in-residence at this year’s Odyssey Writing Workshop.

melanie temMelanie Tem’s work has received the Bram Stoker, International Horror Guild, British Fantasy, and World Fantasy Awards and a nomination for the Shirley Jackson Award. She has published numerous short stories, eleven solo novels, two collaborative novels with Nancy Holder, and two with her husband Steve Rasnic Tem. She is also a published poet, an oral storyteller, and a playwright. In Concert, a collaborative short story collection with Steve Rasnic Tem, was published in August 2010, and solo stories have recently appeared in Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine, Crimewave, and Interzone, and anthologies such as Supernatural Noir, The Devil’s Coattails, and the Black Wings series. Her novels Yellow Wood and Proxy will be published by ChiZine Press in 2014 and 2015. Melanie is a social worker and a non-profit executive director. The Tems live in Denver. They have four children and four granddaughters.

Steve Rasnic TemSteve Rasnic Tem is the author of over 400 published short stories and is a past winner of the Bram Stoker, International Horror Guild, British Fantasy, and World Fantasy Awards. His short story collections include City Fishing (Silver Salamander), The Far Side of the Lake (Ash Tree), In Concert (with wife Melanie Tem), Ugly Behavior (noir fiction, New Pulp Press), Onion Songs (Chomu Press), Celestial Inventories (ChiZine), and Twember (science fiction stories, NewCon Press). His novels include Excavation, The Book of Days, Daughters (with Melanie Tem), The Man In The Ceiling (with Melanie Tem), Deadfall Hotel, and Blood Kin, southern gothic horror released in March from Solaris Books.

You may visit the Tem home on the web at www.m-s-tem.com.
*Photo credits courtesy of Debra Lee Fanatia


This summer you will be writers-in-residence at the Odyssey Writing Workshop, something you previously did in 2005. This blog was not in existence then. So tell us, once you started writing seriously, how long did it take you to sell your first pieces? What were you doing wrong in your writing in those early days? Read more…

Director’s Corner: Staying Motivated and Productive

jeanneJeanne Cavelos is the director of the Odyssey Writing Workshops Charitable Trust. She was a senior editor at Bantam Doubleday Dell, where she worked for eight years, editing the fantasy/science fiction program, the Abyss horror line, and other fiction and nonfiction. Jeanne is also the bestselling author of seven books and numerous short stories and articles. She has won the World Fantasy Award and twice been nominated for the Stoker Award.


Have you written today?  Written fiction–not emails for work or Facebook status updates or blog posts.  Have you written this week?  Have you written this month? Read more…

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: WORKSHOP APPLICATION DEADLINE APPROACHES

OdboatcleanedupAspiring writers, take note!

There are only four weeks left to apply for the 2014 Odyssey Writing Workshop, to be held on the campus of Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire, from June 9 to July 18, 2014

Participate in the program that has led 58% of graduates to professional publication, with their work appearing in top magazines and published by major publishing houses. Challenge yourself and pack two years of learning into six weeks of intense work:  Four-hour classes five days a week, an advanced curriculum, daily writing and critiquing assignments, weekly stories/chapters due, in-depth feedback on your work, personal guidance from director Jeanne Cavelos, and guests Elizabeth Hand, Catherynne M. Valente, Ellen Kushner, Delia Sherman, Alexander Jablokov, and Gordon van Gelder. Our writers in residence will be Melanie Tem and Steve Rasnic Tem. Four scholarships and one work/study position are available. Read more here: http://www.sff.net/odyssey/workshop.html

Make a quantum leap in your writing this summer.  Applications must be received by April 8, 2014!

Interview: Alexander Jablokov

JablokovAuthor Alexander Jablokov will be a guest lecturer at this summer’s Odyssey workshop. Mr. Jablokov writes science fiction for readers who won’t give up literate writing or vivid characters to get the thrills they demand. He is a natural transition for non-SF readers interested in taking a stroll with a dangerous AI or a neurosurgeon/jazz musician turned detective, while still giving hardcore SF fans speculative flash, incomprehensible aliens, and kitchen appliances with insect wing cases. From his well-regarded first novel, Carve the Sky, an interplanetary espionage novel set in a culturally complex 25th century, through the obscenely articulate dolphins with military modifications of a Deeper Sea, the hardboiled post-cyberpunk of Nimbus, the subterranean Martian repression of River of Dust, and the perverse space opera of Deepdrive, his last book, Brain Thief, a contemporary high-tech thriller with a class clown attitude. He has recently written a YA alternate-universe adventure novel.

His day job is as a marketing manager. He does his writing during the mornings, and on weekends. It took him several years to figure out how to get any writing done at all, particularly since he hates getting up early and hates working on weekends, but has somehow managed it.  Visit http://www.ajablokov.com to learn more about the author and his books.


Once you started writing seriously, how long did it take you to sell your first piece? Read more…

Interview: Delia Sherman

Delia Sherman

Author and editor Delia Sherman returns to Odyssey, in tandem with author and editor Ellen Kushner, to deliver a guest lecture at the 2014 summer Writing Workshop. Delia writes short stories and novels for adults and young readers. Several of her short stories have been nominated for the Nebula and World Fantasy Awards, and her most recent YA novel, The Freedom Maze (2011), received the Andre Norton Award, the Mythopoeic Award, and the Prometheus Award. A collection of her short stories is coming out in 2014 from Small Beer Press. Delia has been a judge for the World Fantasy Award, the Crawford Award for Best First Fantasy Novel, and has served on the Motherboard of the James Tiptree Jr. Award. She is a founding member of the Interstitial Arts Foundation.

As an editor of books and anthologies, Delia’s continuing quest is to get more of the kind of fantasy she likes out to readers. She has been a contributing editor for Tor Books and has co-edited several anthologies, including Interfictions Online, for which she is Executive Editor, working with Christopher Barzak, Meghan McCarron, and Sofia Samatar. Delia has taught many writing workshops, including Clarion, the Hollins University Program in Children’s Literature, and six previous Odysseys. She has also worked in a book store. She can write almost anywhere, but prefers cafés and comfy sofas near a source of tea. She lives in New York City with Ellen Kushner and many fine books, most of which at least one of them has read. Besides writing and reading other people’s manuscripts, favorite occupations are travel, knitting, cooking, and having fun adventures, as long as they don’t involve dragons of any kind.


As a guest lecturer at next summer’s Odyssey Workshop, you’ll be lecturing, workshopping, and meeting individually with students. What do you think is the most important advice you can give to developing writers? Read more…

Interview: Gordon Van Gelder

actual van gelderFantasy & Science Fiction magazine editor Gordon Van Gelder will be a guest lecturer at Odyssey’s 2014 Writing Workshop.  Van Gelder published his first story in 100 Great Fantasy Short-Short Stories in 1984, but the majority of his career has been spent as an editor. After a brief internship at Bluejay Books in 1986, he began working at St. Martin’s Press in July 1988. He worked there until October 2000, during which time he edited a wide variety of books, both fiction and nonfiction. Among the authors he edited are Jack Cady, Bradley Denton, K. W. Jeter, Marc Laidlaw, Brent Monahan, Judith Moffett, Rachel Pollack, William Browning Spencer, and Kate Wilhelm.

In 1997, he succeeded Kristine Kathryn Rusch as editor of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction. In 2000, he bought the magazine from Edward L. Ferman and Audrey Ferman and became the magazine’s publisher while remaining its editor. In 2009, he changed the magazine to a bimonthly schedule.

As an anthologist, he coedited with Ferman The Best from Fantasy & Science Fiction: The 50th Anniversary Anthology and edited several other anthologies reprinting stories from F&SF: One Lamp (2003), In Lands That Never Were (2004), Fourth Planet from the Sun (2005), and The Very Best of Fantasy & Science Fiction: 60th Anniversary Anthology (2009). In 2011, he edited an anthology of all-original stories, Welcome to the Greenhouse: New Science Fiction on Climate Change, and in 2013, he edited an ebook anthology entitled Lonely Souls.

He won the World Fantasy Award (Special Award–Professional) in 2000 and in 2003. In 2007 and again in 2008 he won the Hugo Award for Best Editor–Short Form. He has taught at various writing workshops. He lives in New Jersey.


You started editing while still in University. What inspired you to become an editor? Do you have any advice for would-be editors? Read more…

Odyssey Writing Workshops Charitable Trust Announces Winter 2014 Online Classes

Odboatcleanedup Since its inception in 1996, the Odyssey Writing Workshop has become one of the most highly respected programs for writers of fantasy, science fiction, and horror in the world. Through an advanced curriculum, intensive focus, directed study, and detailed feedback, students gain a much deeper understanding of the elements of fiction writing and make major improvements in their work.

To further our mission of helping developing writers of fantasy, science fiction, and horror, we have taken the techniques that are so effective at the workshop and adapted them to create online classes. We’ve 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.

In this tradition, we are proud to announce our Winter 2014 online writing courses. Instructors Jeanne Cavelos, Barbara Ashford, and Nancy Holder will talk about ways to craft powerful dialogue, imbue emotional resonance into your story, and let you in on some secrets of storytelling.

Course Offerings for Winter 2014:

jeannePowerful Dialogue in Fantastic Fiction
Course Meets: January 2 – January 30, 2014
Instructor: Jeanne Cavelos
Application Deadline: December 7, 2013

 

barbara ashfordThe Heart of the Matter: Bringing Emotional Resonance to Your Storytelling
Course Meets: January 6 – February 3, 2014
Instructor: Barbara Ashford
Application Deadline: December 10, 2013

 

nancy-purpleThe Secrets of a Satisfying Short Story
Course Meets: January 23 – February 20, 2014
Instructor: Nancy Holder
Application Deadline: December 27, 2013

 

For more information on class size, technology requirements, and details on how to apply, visit www.sff.net/odyssey/online.html.

Interview: Scott H. Andrews, Part Two

WFC2012-ScottAScott H. Andrews lives in Virginia with his wife, two cats, nine guitars, a dozen overflowing bookcases, and hundreds of beer bottles from all over the world. He is a graduate of Odyssey 2005. His literary short fiction has won a $1000 prize from the Briar Cliff Review, and his genre short fiction has appeared in Ann VanderMeer’s Weird TalesOn Spec, and Space and Time. He is a World Fantasy Award finalist for his work as Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of Beneath Ceaseless Skies, a Hugo Award finalist fantasy magazine that Locus has called “a premier venue for fantastic fiction, not just online but for all media.”

Visit him online at http://www.scotthandrews.com, on Facebook, or on Twitter @Scott_H_Andrews.


Can you tell us the most common mistakes authors make in submitting to BCS or interacting with you? Read more…

Interview: Scott H. Andrews, Part One

WFC2012-ScottAScott H. Andrews lives in Virginia with his wife, two cats, nine guitars, a dozen overflowing bookcases, and hundreds of beer bottles from all over the world. He is a graduate of Odyssey 2005. His literary short fiction has won a $1000 prize from the Briar Cliff Review, and his genre short fiction has appeared in Ann VanderMeer’s Weird Tales, On Spec, and Space and Time. He is a World Fantasy Award finalist for his work as Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of Beneath Ceaseless Skies, a Hugo Award finalist fantasy magazine that Locus has called “a premier venue for fantastic fiction, not just online but for all media.”

Visit him online at http://www.scotthandrews.com, on Facebook, or on Twitter @Scott_H_Andrews.


Congratulations to you and the staff of Beneath Ceaseless Skies on your Hugo nomination for Best Semiprozine! 

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Director’s Corner: Manipulating Pacing and Organization

jeanneJeanne Cavelos is the director of the Odyssey Writing Workshops Charitable Trust. She was a senior editor at Bantam Doubleday Dell, where she worked for eight years, editing the fantasy/science fiction program, the Abyss horror line, and other fiction and nonfiction. Jeanne is also the bestselling author of seven books and numerous short stories and articles. She has won the World Fantasy Award and twice been nominated for the Stoker Award.


After an all-consuming summer spent leading passionate, determined cadets through the leave-it-all-on-the-floor atmosphere of Odyssey’s boot camp, fall often brings mixed feelings.  The fifteen newly minted warriors I have bonded with–sharing the pain of their struggles, the joy of their successes, their longing to do better—are gone, carried off to the four corners of the globe.  Read more…

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