The Odyssey Writing Workshop

OdboatTHE ODYSSEY WRITING WORKSHOPS CHARITABLE TRUST offers in-person workshops, online classes, critiques, and other resources to help writers of fantasy, science fiction, and horror improve their work.

2020 Summer Workshop: June 1 through July 10, 2020
Early Action Application Deadline: January 31, 2020
Regular Application Deadline: April 1, 2020

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the 2020 Summer Workshop will be held online.

The annual summer writing workshop is an in-person, six-week workshop held on the campus of Saint Anselm College, Manchester, NH. Lecturers for the 2020 workshop included some of the best teachers in the field: bestselling authors Brandon Sanderson and Carrie Vaughn; award-winning authors J. G. Faherty, Barbara AshfordEric James Stone, and E. C. Ambrose; award-winning editor/publisher Scott H. Andrews of Beneath Ceaseless Skies; and award-winning editors Sheila Williams (Asimov’s) and John Joseph Adams (Lightspeed, John Joseph Adams Books).

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Winter 2021 Online Classes

One Brick at a Time: Crafting Compelling Scenes
Course Meets: January 4 – February 1, 2021
Instructor: Barbara Ashford
Application Deadline: December 7, 2020

Emotional Truth: Making Character Emotions Real, Powerful, and Immediate to Readers
Course Meets: January 6 – February 3, 2021
Instructor: Scott H. Andrews
Application Deadline: December 7, 2020

Worldbuilding in Fantasy and Science Fiction
Course Meets: January 7 – February 4, 2021
Instructor: Patricia C. Wrede
Application Deadline: December 7, 2020


Big Five, Small Press, and Self-Publishing: Discovering Which Is Best for You and How to Succeed
Instructors: Michael J. Sullivan and Robin Sullivan
Registration: Writers may register for this recorded session at any time
Level: Intermediate

Creating Characters and Character Arcs
Instructor: Meagan Spooner
Registration: Writers may register for this recorded session at any time
Level: Intermediate

Productivity for Writers
Instructor: Alex Hughes
Registration: Writers may register for this recorded session at any time
Level: Intermediate

A Message from Jeanne Cavelos, Director:

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 a writer wants to reach his full potential, to have his work live and grow along with him, he needs 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:

*Odyssey Writing Workshop: Our intensive, six-week, in-person workshop is held each summer in Manchester, NH, and is widely considered one of the top workshops in the world for writers of fantasy, science fiction, and horror. It is intended for writers whose work is nearing publication quality and for published writers who want to improve their work.

*Odyssey Online Classes: Several online courses are offered each winter. Each course is focused on a specific element of fiction writing and designed for writers at a particular skill level, from beginner to advanced. Courses are rigorous and demanding, and include live class interaction between students and the instructor.

*Odyssey Webinar: Odyssey periodically offers new webinars. Webinars provide maximum flexibility in your learning experience, allowing you to view recordings at your convenience and view them multiple times.

*Odyssey Critique Service: Any writer can receive professional-level feedback on his fiction writing through our critique service. Critiquers are graduates of the Odyssey Writing Workshop who have gone on to successful careers as professional writers. 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 any other problem they’d like to discuss are welcome to set up a consultation.

Odyssey also offers many free resources for writers, in addition to our blog:

*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: Join us online and share your webcam for lively, intelligent discussion of writing issues. The salon is held the second Wednesday of each month at 7:30 PM ET. Whether you’re a new writer or a successful pro, you’ll come away energized by new ideas.

*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.

*Links: Our links page helps to connect you with other helpful writing sites.

*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.

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