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Jeanne Cavelos, Director and Primary Instructor

 

    Jeanne Cavelos The creation of the Odyssey Writing Workshops Charitable Trust, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization devoted to helping developing writers of fantastic fiction improve their work, has been a dream of Jeanne's which she has worked to make a reality.

    Jeanne is a writer, editor, scientist, and teacher. She began her professional life as an astrophysicist and mathematician, teaching astronomy at Michigan State University and Cornell University, and working in the Astronaut Training Division at NASA's Johnson Space Center.

    But soon her love of science fiction led her to earn her MFA in creative writing. She moved into a career in publishing, becoming a senior editor at Bantam Doubleday Dell, where she created and launched the Abyss imprint of innovative horror and the Cutting Edge imprint of noir literary fiction. She also ran the science fiction/fantasy publishing program. In addition, she edited a wide range of fiction and nonfiction. She worked with such authors as William F. Nolan, Joan Vinge, Robert Anton Wilson, Dennis Etchison, Tanith Lee, Kathe Koja, Poppy Z. Brite, J. M. Dillard, David Wingrove, Barry Gifford, Patrick McCabe, and Peter Dickinson. In her eight years in New York publishing, she edited numerous award-winning and best-selling authors and gained a reputation for discovering and nurturing new writers. Jeanne won the World Fantasy Award for her editing.

    Jeanne left New York to find a balance that would allow her to do her own writing and work in a more in-depth way with writers. She runs Jeanne Cavelos Editorial Services, a full-service freelance company that provides editing, ghostwriting, consulting, and critiquing services to publishers, book packagers, agents, and authors. Among its clients are major publishers and best-selling and award-winning writers.

    Jeanne has had seven books published by major publishers. Her last novel to hit the stores was Invoking Darkness, the third volume in her best-selling trilogy The Passing of the Techno-Mages (Del Rey), set in the Babylon 5 universe. The Sci-Fi Channel called the trilogy "A revelation for Babylon 5 fans. . . . Not 'television episodic' in look and feel. They are truly novels in their own right." Her book The Science of Star Wars (St. Martin's) was chosen by the New York Public Library for its recommended reading list. The Science of The X-Files (Berkley) was nominated for the Bram Stoker Award. Jeanne is currently writing a near-future science thriller about genetic manipulation, titled Fatal Spiral.

    Jeanne has published short fiction and nonfiction in many magazines and anthologies.

    The Many Faces of Van Helsing, an anthology edited by Jeanne, was nominated for the Bram Stoker Award. The editors at Barnes and Noble called it "brilliant. . . . Arguably the strongest collection of supernatural stories to be released in years."

    Since she loves working with developing writers, Jeanne created and serves as primary instructor at the Odyssey Writing Workshop, the only major workshop of its kind run by an editor. Jeanne designed the workshop to combine an advanced curriculum that allows writers to improve their craft with detailed, in-depth feedback on their work. In 2010, Jeanne launched Odyssey Online Classes to help writers all over the world improve their skills in specific, targeted areas. Jeanne oversees the courses offered and teaches one online course per year.

    She is also an English lecturer at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire, where she teaches fiction and nonfiction writing.

    Jeanne has spoken widely on writing, publishing, science, and science fiction at venues as varied as the Smithsonian Institute, the Air Force Revolutionary Technologies Division, the Intel International Science Fair, the American Chemical Society, Dartmouth College, the Discovery Channel, the History Channel, the Science Channel, Turner Entertainment, the Art Bell radio program, and many radio shows, bookstores, and conventions. More information is on her site, www.jeannecavelos.com.






 
2015 Writer-in-Residence

 
  • Kij Johnson

    Kij Johnson Kij Johnson is widely considered one of the top fantasy/science fiction writing teachers in the country. She is the author of three novels—two fantasies set in classical Japan, The Fox Woman and Fudoki, and a Star Trek:The Next Generation novel—and a short story collection, At the Mouth of the River of Bees. Since 2008, her short fiction has won the Nebula Award (three times), the Hugo, and the World Fantasy Award. In the past she has worked in book publishing, comic books and graphic novels, RPGs and trading card games; managed development and tech-writing groups for Seattle-area tech firms; edited cryptic crosswords; identified Napa cabernets by winery and year while blindfolded; and bouldered an occasional V-5. She received her Master of Fine Arts from North Carolina State University, and teaches at the University of Kansas, where she is associate director for the Center for the Study of Science Fiction. She splits her time between Seattle and Lawrence.



 



2015 Scheduled Guest Lecturers

 
  • Brendan DuBois

    Brendan DuBois Award-winning mystery, suspense and science-fiction author Brendan DuBois is a former newspaper reporter and a lifelong resident of New Hampshire, where he lives with his wife Mona, their hell-raising cat Bailey, and one happy English Springer Spaniel named Spencer.

    He is currently at work on his seventeenth novel, a variety of new short stories, as well as other writing projects. His latest Lewis Cole novel, Fatal Harbor, was published in May 2014. Last year, he published his science fiction trilogy, The Empire of the North, made up of The Noble Warrior, The Noble Prisoner, and The Noble Prince. His recent thriller, Twilight, received a starred review from Publisher's Weekly. DuBois has been published in ten countries by such publishers as St. Martin's Press; Little, Brown; Time Warner UK; Houghton Mifflin; Pegasus Books, and many more.

    His most widely published suspense-thriller, Resurrection Day, has received world-wide acclaim. It takes place in October 1972, ten years after the Cuban Missile Crisis erupted into a full-scale atomic war, destroying the Soviet Union and decimating the United States. Called "one of the most inventive novels of alternative history since Robert Harris' Fatherland," Resurrection Day is a chilling tale of what might have been. At the 58th World Science Fiction Convention in Chicago, Resurrection Day received the Sidewise Award for Best Alternative History Novel.

    DuBois has had more than 120 short stories published in such magazines as Playboy, Mary Higgins Clark Mystery Magazine, Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, and the Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, as well as in numerous original short fiction anthologies.

    His short fiction has been included in many Year's Best anthologies. Most recently, his short story "A Ticket Out" was included in Best American Noir Stories of the Century, edited by James Ellroy and Otto Penzler. In June 2000, DuBois was honored when one of his short stories, "The Dark Snow," was published in the anthology Best American Mystery Stories of the Century. Other authors in that anthology included Raymond Chandler, O. Henry, Flannery O'Connor, and John Steinbeck. His work has also appeared in the 1988, 1990, 1992 and 1995 editions of The Year's Best Mystery & Suspense Stories, the 1995 and 1997 editions of Year's 25 Best Mystery Short Stories, the 1997, 1999, 2001 and 2003 editions of Best American Mystery Stories, and the 2001, 2002, 2003, and 2004 editions of The World's Finest Mystery and Crime Stories, published by Forge.

    His short fiction has twice won the Shamus Award from the Private Eye Writers of America, twice won the Barry Award for Best Mystery Short Story of the Year, won the Al Blanchard Crime Fiction Award for Best Short Crime Fiction Story, has been nominated three times for an Edgar Allan Poe Award from the Mystery Writers of America, and has been nominated for the Anthony Award for Best Mystery Short Story of the Year.

    He is also a one-time Jeopardy! game show champion.


 




 
  • E. C. Ambrose

    E. C. Ambrose E. C. Ambrose writes "The Dark Apostle" series of dark historical fantasy novels about medieval surgery. The Dark Apostle started with Elisha Barber (DAW, 2013), described in a starred Library Journal review as, "beautifully told, painfully elegant," and continues with Elisha Magus (2014). As Elaine Isaak, she is the author of The Singer's Crown (Eos, 2005) and its sequels, as well as the "Tales of Bladesend" epic novella series. Her short fiction has won the Tenebris Press Flash Fiction contest and appeared in the New Hampshire Pulp Fiction series, Fireside magazine and Uncle John's Bathroom Reader. She has also edited two recent editions of the Pulp Fiction series.

    In addition to her novels, she has written how-to articles for The Writer magazine, nonfiction at Clarkesworld, and authored the Lady Blade fantasy writing column at AlienSkin magazine for three years. Her speaking engagements have included local chapters of Romance Writers of America as well as other writing groups, the World Science Fiction and World Fantasy Conventions. Elaine works part-time as a rock climbing instructor and is a retired Easter Bunny. She is a graduate of the Odyssey Writing Workshop. Visit www.TheDarkApostle.com or www.ElaineIsaak.com to find out why you do not want to be her hero.


 




 
  • Alma Alexander

    Alma Alexander Alma Alexander's life so far has prepared her very well for her chosen career. She was born in a country which no longer exists on the maps, has lived and worked in seven countries on four continents (and in cyberspace!), has climbed mountains, dived in coral reefs, flown small planes, swum with dolphins, and touched two-thousand-year-old tiles in a gate out of Babylon. She is a novelist, anthologist and short story writer who currently shares her life between the Pacific Northwest of the USA (where she lives with her husband and two cats) and the wonderful fantasy worlds of her own imagination. You can find out more about Alma on her website (www.AlmaAlexander.org), her Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Alma-Alexander/67938071280) or her blog (http://anghara.livejournal.com).


 




 
  • Alex Hughes

    Alex Hughes Alex Hughes was born in Savannah, GA and moved to the south Atlanta area when she was eight years old. Shortly thereafter, her grandfather handed her a copy of Anne McCaffrey's Dragonrider series, and a lifelong obsession with scifi was born.

    Alex is a graduate of the prestigious Odyssey Writing Workshop, a Semi-Finalist in the 2011 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards, and a member of the Science Fiction Writers of America and the International Thriller Writers. Her short pieces are published in several markets including EveryDay Fiction and Monster Corral. (Follow the link to read her short story.) Clean was a Finalist in the Silver Falchion Award 2013.

    Alex's work is layered, dark, adventurous, and a little funny, with an emphasis on great characters and interesting worlds. She gets her inspiration from history (she majored with a European history focus in college), family members, and headlines, as well as whatever book she has in her hand. Lately she's been reading neuroscience books; the brain's a cool, cool place and the mind even more so.

    An avid cook and foodie, Alex loves great food of any stripe—even better if she can figure out how to put it together. Great food is like a great book; it has lots of layers that work together beautifully, and the result is delicious and harmonious. She's working on figuring out Thai curries right now—suggestions welcome!

    Alex loves swing dancing, tetris, music of all kinds, and has been known to get into long conversations with total strangers at restaurants about the Food Network, much to the embarrassment of her sister. She can also balance a spoon on her nose while crossing her eyes, and talk for hours about absolutely nothing.


 




 
  • Jennifer Jackson

    Jennifer Jackson Jennifer Jackson is Vice President at the Donald Maass Literary Agency where she represents writers of both adult and YA fiction.

    Growing up reading science fiction and fantasy led naturally to a concentration in that genre, which she continues to champion. After pioneering the expansion of the agency into the areas of romance and women's fiction, she is now developing her list of suspense and thriller novels. She looks for fiction that bends or transcends its genre, and is also drawn to stories that embrace or explore culture and subculture and other diverse narratives.

    Her current roster includes New York Times best-selling fantasy writer Jim Butcher, Hugo Award winning science fiction author Elizabeth Bear, USA Today best-selling author Anne Bishop, Hugo Award winning author Mary Robinette Kowal, and Nebula and Hugo finalists Cherie Priest and Saladin Ahmed.

    Learn more at http://maassagency.com/jennifer-jackson/


 



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