Graduate Essay: Richard Errington, “Leveling Up”

picture1Richard James Errington attended the 2016 Odyssey Writing Workshop. He is an American/British writer born in Japan. He focuses on a variety of different genres and bounces between YA and adult fiction. He has written for an independent comic book publishing company where he published under six different title series. He has a completely unnecessary Honors BA in Creative Writing from the University of Leeds in the UK. He’s worked at banks, non-profit organizations, comic book publishers, media outlets, and had a brief stint as a postman which ended disastrously. Though he has sought them out, he has never seen any evidence of ghosts, which is leading him to believe that they may, in fact, not be real.


I’ve known for years that when you became serious about writing you considered workshops. I’d heard of Odyssey back when I was still a teenager while attending the ALPHA Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Workshop. We had an Odyssey graduate as one of our guest lecturers. I’ll always remember how enthusiastic and excited she was about it. She recommended that we apply in the future if we wanted to keep on honing our craft as writers. Continue reading “Graduate Essay: Richard Errington, “Leveling Up””

Graduate’s Corner: The Six-Week Odyssey, by Arley Sorg

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Arley Sorg is a graduate of the 2014 Odyssey Writing Workshop.  He grew up in England, Hawaii, and Colorado.  He hangs out at SF/ Bay Area cafes.  He often writes about identity and society, using the context of horror, science fiction, fantasy, and all the cool stuff that blurs and blends.  He leans towards darker stories, but retains the right to defy expectations in any way he pleases.

For more:  http://arleysorg.com/


Most likely, you think you know something about writing.

Perhaps you have moments where you glide on the hot winds of elation, followed by crashes into complex canyons of doubt.

Whether you scribble stories into a secret notebook, or have published work that readers and writers praise, or anything in-between or beyond, you probably have more to learn than you think. Continue reading “Graduate’s Corner: The Six-Week Odyssey, by Arley Sorg”

Graduate’s Corner: World-Beginning Rust and Confidence, by Rhiannon Held

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Author Rhiannon Held graduated from Odyssey in 2006.  She is the author of the urban fantasy Silver (Silver, Tarnished and Reflected) series from Tor.  She lives in Seattle, where she works as an archaeologist for an environmental compliance firm.  Working in both archaeology and writing, she’s “lucky” enough to have two sexy careers that don’t make her much money.  Visit her author website at www.rhiannonheld.com.


I’ve recently started writing a new novel series, after spending nearly five years completely focused on my first series to be published, the Silver series. Now, I know some writers love bouncing among a variety of different worlds when choosing the setting of their next project. I’m not one of them—when I say focused, I mean focused. Having finally stepped out of that series’ world to write in a new one, I learned a couple things: without practice, skills get rusty, but you shouldn’t let that chip away at your confidence in striking out into new territory.

When you think about it, rust makes sense: some writing skills you use only at the very beginning of the process of building a world.  If you continue to write in that same world, your world-beginning skills decay through simple disuse.  For me, my rustiest skill was pinning down character voice. Continue reading “Graduate’s Corner: World-Beginning Rust and Confidence, by Rhiannon Held”

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? Continue reading “Director’s Corner: Staying Motivated and Productive”

Graduate’s Corner: Alex Hughes: How to Do a Book Blog Tour, Part 2

sharpThis week we continue with Part 2 of our August post, written for us by Odyssey Writing Workshop graduate Alex Hughes, author of the Mindspace Investigations Series. Clean, Sharp and Payoff are all set in a future dystopian Atlanta and feature a down-on-his-luck telepath. Alex has also written a number of short stories.

Alex has written since early childhood, and loves great stories in any form including science fiction, fantasy, and mystery. Over the years, Alex has lived in many neighborhoods of the sprawling metro Atlanta area. Decatur, the neighborhood on which Clean is centered, was Alex’s college home.

On any given week you can find Alex in the kitchen cooking gourmet Italian food, watching hours of police procedural dramas, and typing madly.

Alex attended Odyssey in 2011. You can learn more at www.ahugheswriter.com.


PART TWO

Reach your readers where they are through a book blog tour.

In Part One of this series, we discussed how to get set up. Check out the post, get your ducks in a row, and then follow us here as we finish out the tour.

We begin with Step Seven.

Continue reading “Graduate’s Corner: Alex Hughes: How to Do a Book Blog Tour, Part 2”

Graduate’s Corner: Alex Hughes: How To Do a Book Blog Tour, Part 1

clean_zps42359464Alex Hughes is the author of the Mindspace Investigations Series–Clean, Sharp and Payoff, all set in a dystopian Atlanta–as well as a number of short stories.  Alex has written since early childhood, and loves great stories in any form including science fiction, fantasy, and mystery. Over the years, Alex has lived in many neighborhoods of the sprawling metro Atlanta area. Decatur, the neighborhood on which Clean is centered, was Alex’s college home.

On any given week you can find Alex in the kitchen cooking gourmet Italian food, watching hours of police procedural dramas, and typing madly.

Alex is a graduate of the 2011 Odyssey Writing Workshop. You can learn more about Alex at www.ahugheswriter.com.


PART ONE

One of the best ways to publicize a book these days is to do what’s called a book blog tour online. More and more readers are finding their next books via book bloggers–people who read and review books on their own private websites. So reaching out to these folks may really help you reach your readers better.

Here’s what I’ve done the last few years. While I’m coming from a traditionally published perspective, this process should apply equally as well to the independently published professional, provided you have a great product with a great cover and a good selling “blurb.”

1. Determine your book’s release date.
In the case of a traditional publisher, they will generally tell you when the book will release. (Although, be aware–some books’ release dates are pushed back occasionally.) In the case of a self-published book, choose a date a few months out from today. You’ll need the time, trust me! Continue reading “Graduate’s Corner: Alex Hughes: How To Do a Book Blog Tour, Part 1”

Interview: Adria Laycraft

2012 bio pic (1)Adria Laycraft is a grateful member of IFWA and a proud survivor of the 2006 Odyssey Writing Workshop. She works as a freelance writer and editor. Look for her stories in Tesseracts 16, Neo-opsis, On-Spec, James Gunn’s Ad Astra, Hypersonic Tales, DKA Magazine, and In Places Between. Author of Be a Freelance Writer Now, Adria lives in Calgary with her husband and son. She and Janice Blaine have co-edited the Urban Green Man Anthology, forthcoming this August from EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing.

Visit the Urban Green Man Anthology site for up-to-date news on authors, art, and release date.

Congratulations to you and co-editor Janice Blaine on the upcoming publication of Urban Green Man! The Green Man (or Woman) is a multi-faceted but ambiguous figure in Celtic mythology, associated with the turning of the seasons and usually found in rural settings. How did you come up with the idea for this anthology? What drew you to the Green Man? Continue reading “Interview: Adria Laycraft”