Odyssey Podcast #149 is an excerpt from the Odyssey Online course “One Brick at a Time: Crafting Compelling Scenes,” taught by Odyssey graduate and award-winning author Barbara Ashford in Winter 2018. Barbara will be teaching the course again this winter. You can find more information on all of Odyssey’s 2023 online class offerings here: https://www.odysseyworkshop.org/odyssey-online/upcoming-classes/
Barbara has been praised by reviewers and readers alike for her compelling characters and her “emotional, heartfelt” storytelling. Her background as a professional actress, lyricist, and librettist has helped her delve deeply into character and explore the complexities of human nature on the stage as well as on the page. Her musical adaptation of Far from the Madding Crowd has been optioned for Broadway.
Barbara’s first published series was the dark fantasy trilogy Trickster’s Game (written as Barbara Campbell). Published by DAW Books, Trickster’s Game was a finalist for the Mythopoeic Society’s 2010 Fantasy Award for adult literature.
She drew on her musical theatre roots for her second novel series, the award-winning Spellcast and its sequel Spellcrossed, set in a magical summer stock theatre. DAW Books released the two novels in an omnibus edition: Spells at the Crossroads.
A 2000 graduate of the Odyssey workshop, Barbara has taught eight online courses for Odyssey and has served on the staff of the Odyssey Critique Service for more than a decade. You can visit her dual selves at barbara-campbell.com and barbara-ashford.com.
The text of this recording is copyright © 2018 by Barbara Ashford. The sound recording is copyright ℗ 2022 by Odyssey Writing Workshops Charitable Trust.
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