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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. Jeanne has recently been nominated for a World Fantasy Award for her work as Odyssey director and instructor.

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






 
2016 Writer-in-Residence

 
  • Mary Robinette Kowal

    Mary Robinette Kowal Mary Robinette Kowal is the author of The Glamourist Histories series of fantasy novels. She has received the Campbell Award for Best New Writer, three Hugo awards, and the RT Reviews award for Best Fantasy Novel. Her work has been a finalist for the Hugo, Nebula, and Locus awards. Stories have appeared in Strange Horizons, Asimov's, and several Year's Best anthologies as well as in her collection Scenting the Dark and Other Stories from Subterranean.

    Mary, a professional puppeteer and voice actor, has performed for LazyTown (CBS), the Center for Puppetry Arts, Jim Henson Pictures, and founded Other Hand Productions. Her designs have garnered two UNIMA-USA Citations of Excellence, the highest award an American puppeteer can achieve. She also records fiction for authors such as Kage Baker, Cory Doctorow and John Scalzi.

    Mary lives in Chicago with her husband Rob and over a dozen manual typewriters. Visit maryrobinettekowal.com.



 



2016 Guest Lecturers

 
  • Patricia Bray

    Patricia Bray Patricia Bray is the author of a dozen novels, including Devlin's Luck, which won the Compton Crook Award for the best first novel in the field of science fiction or fantasy. A multi-genre author whose career spans both epic fantasy and Regency romance, her books have been translated into Russian, German, Portuguese and Hebrew. She's also crossed over to the dark side as the co-editor of After Hours: Tales from the Ur-Bar (DAW, March 2011) and The Modern Fae's Guide to Surviving Humanity (DAW, March 2012), Clockwork Universe: Steampunk vs. Aliens (ZNB, June 2014) and Temporally Out of Order (ZNB, August 2015).

    Patricia lives in a New England college town, where she combines her writing with a full-time career in I/T. To offset the hours spent at a keyboard, she bikes, hikes, cross-country skis, snowshoes and has recently taken up the noble sport of curling. To find out more, visit her website at www.patriciabray.com.


 




 
  • Meagan Spooner

    Meagan Spooner Meagan Spooner is the New York Times bestselling author of the Skylark trilogy (Skylark, Shadowlark, and Lark Ascending) and the Starbound trilogy (These Broken Stars, This Shattered World, and Their Fractured Light). She attended Odyssey in 2009 and sold her first novel a year and a half later.

    She grew up in Virginia, reading and writing every spare moment of the day, while dreaming about life as an archaeologist, a marine biologist, an astronaut. She's traveled all over the world to places like Egypt, Australia, South Africa, Antarctica, and the Galapagos, and there's a bit of every trip in every story she writes.

    She currently lives and writes in Asheville, North Carolina, but the siren call of travel is hard to resist, and there's no telling how long she'll stay there.

    In her spare time she plays guitar, plays video games, plays with her cat, and reads.


 




 
  • N. K. Jemisin

    N. K. Jemisin N. K. Jemisin is a Brooklyn author whose short fiction and novels have been multiply nominated for the Hugo and the Nebula, shortlisted for the Crawford and the Tiptree, and have won the Locus Award for Best First Novel. Her speculative works range from fantasy to science fiction to the undefinable; her themes include resistance to oppression, the inseverability of the liminal, and the coolness of Stuff Blowing Up. She is a member of the Altered Fluid writing group, a graduate of the Viable Paradise writing workshop, and she has been an instructor for the Clarion workshops. In her spare time she is a biker, an adventurer, a gamer, and a counseling psychologist; she is also single-handedly responsible for saving the world from KING OZZYMANDIAS, her obnoxious ginger cat. Her essays, media reviews, and fiction excerpts are available at nkjemisin.com. Her newest novel, The Fifth Season, came out in August, 2015.


 




 
  • Deborah DeNicola

    Deborah DeNicola Deborah DeNicola's most recent publication is her poetry collection, OriginalHuman, from WordTech Press, for which she received her fifth Pushcart Nomination. Her spiritual memoir and Amazon bestseller, The Future That Brought Her Here from Nicholas Hays/Ibis Press, came out in 2009 and reached #1 in Psychology and Social Sciences on Amazon.com. In 2007, Finishing Line Press published Inside Light, a chapbook. Deborah edited the anthology Orpheus & Company: Contemporary Poems on Greek Mythology from The University Press of New England. Deborah won the analytical essay award from Packingtown Review, and The Santa Barbara Poetry Award in 2008, the first place award from Briar Cliff Review Poetry Competition in 2006 and Carpe Articulum's first place in their 2010 Poetry Contest. In 2013 her short story won The Writers Rising Up competition. She was awarded a Poetry Fellowship in 1997 from the National Endowment for the Arts, William T. Foley Award from America, The Barbara Bradley Award from The New England Poetry Club, and a Special Mention from The Pushcart Prizes 1992. She is also the author of Where Divinity Begins (Alice James Press) and three other chapbooks, Harmony of the Next (2005), which won the Riverstone Chapbook Award; Psyche Revisited (1992), which won the Embers Magazine Chapbook Contest; and Rainmakers (Coyote Love Press ). Deborah received a Special Mention from Pushcart Prize 2002. Her poems and reviews have been published in many anthologies and journals such as The North American Review, The Antioch Review, Crab Orchard Review, Fiction International, Nimrod, The Journal, The Boston Book Review, Prairie Schooner, Runes and Orion among others. Her short story "Come Alone to the Alone" recently won first prize from Writersrisingup.com. A Bread Loaf Scholar, a recipient of fellowships from The MacDowell Colony, The Centrum Foundation, The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and The Vermont Studios, she teaches writing and dream image workshops in South Florida and served as Poetry reviewer for The Ft. Lauderdale Sun Sentinel. She is a freelance editor and works off her website www.intuitivegateways.com, and teaches as well at Broward College.


 




 
  • Scott H. Andrews

    Scott H. Andrews Scott H. Andrews lives in Virginia with his wife, two cats, nine guitars, a dozen overflowing bookcases, and hundreds of beer bottles from all over the world. He writes, teaches college chemistry, and is Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of the three-time Hugo Award finalist and World Fantasy Award-winning online fantasy magazine Beneath Ceaseless Skies.

    Scott is a graduate of the Odyssey Writing Workshop; his literary short fiction has won a $1000 prize from the Briar Cliff Review, and his genre short fiction has appeared in Space & Time, Crossed Genres, and Ann VanderMeer's Weird Tales.


    He has lectured on short fiction, secondary-world fantasy, editing, magazine publishing, audio podcasting, and beer on dozens of convention panels at multiple Worldcons, World Fantasy conventions, and regional conventions in the Northeast and Midwest. He is a three-time finalist for the World Fantasy Award, and he celebrates International Stout Day at least once a year.


 



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