Interview: Barbara Campbell

Barbara Campbell attended Odyssey in 2000. She is the author of the Trickster’s Game trilogy published by DAW Books. (Heartwood — 2005, Bloodstone — 2006, Foxfire — 2009). A lyricist and librettist as well as a novelist, her musicals have been performed throughout the world. She is a member of SFWA and ASCAP. Visit her … Continue reading “Interview: Barbara Campbell”

Interview: Barbara Ashford

Barbara Ashford will be a guest lecturer at this summer’s Odyssey Writing Workshop. She abandoned a career in educational administration to pursue a life in the theatre, working as an actress in summer stock and dinner theatre and later, as a lyricist and librettist. She’s written everything from cantatas to choral pieces, one-hour musicals for … Continue reading “Interview: Barbara Ashford”

Graduate’s Corner: The Dangers of Writing What You Know by Barbara Ashford

A lot of Barbara Ashford’s life ended up in the pages of her new fantasy novel Spellcast. Like Maggie Graham, she grew up in Wilmington, Delaware, began performing at an early age, and–after a series of jobs in educational administration–ran away to the theatre. Barbara worked as an actress in summer stock and dinner theatre … Continue reading “Graduate’s Corner: The Dangers of Writing What You Know by Barbara Ashford”

Contributing Graduates

Want to know more about the Odyssey graduates who have contributed to this blog? Visit their websites. (To view a comprehensive, up-to-date list of all Odyssey Writing Workshop graduates’ publications, click here.) *      *      *      *      *      *      *      *      * … Continue reading “Contributing Graduates”


Publicity Release November 2009 ODYSSEY WRITING WORKSHOP ANNOUNCES ITS 15th SUMMER SESSION About Odyssey Since its inception in 1996, Odyssey has become one of the most respected workshops in the science fiction, fantasy, and horror writing community. Odyssey is for developing writers whose work is approaching publication quality and for published writers who want to … Continue reading “ODYSSEY WRITING WORKSHOP ANNOUNCES ITS 15th SUMMER SESSION”

Writing Question: Unlikable Protagonists

While a cool idea, unique world, or suspenseful plot may grab the reader’s interest, the story’s protagonist is often the key to making the reader love your story. A strong protagonist can move the reader to tears and stay with him for the rest of his life. A protagonist who rubs your reader the wrong … Continue reading “Writing Question: Unlikable Protagonists”

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Summer Workshop Dates & Application Deadline

Don’t let more time slip by.  Make 2016 the year that you take your writing to the next level! The Odyssey Writing Workshop is one of the top programs in the world for writers of fantasy, science fiction, and horror.  Since its inception in 1996, the Odyssey Writing Workshop has become one of the most … Continue reading “SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Summer Workshop Dates & Application Deadline”