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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. She has also ghostwritten several bestselling books.

    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 most years. In 2015, Jeanne was 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.




2019 Scheduled Guest Lecturers

 
  • Neil Clarke

    Neil Clarke Neil Clarke is best known as the editor and publisher of the Hugo and World Fantasy Award-winning Clarkesworld Magazine. Launched in October 2006, the online magazine has been a finalist for the Hugo Award for Best Semiprozine four times (winning three times), the World Fantasy Award four times (winning once), and the British Fantasy Award once (winning once). Neil is also a six-time finalist for the Hugo Award for Best Editor-Short Form and two-time winner of the Chesley Award for Best Art Director. In the twelve years since Clarkesworld Magazine launched, numerous stories that he has published have been nominated for or won the Hugo, Nebula, World Fantasy, Sturgeon, Locus, BSFA, Shirley Jackson, WSFA Small Press, and Stoker Awards.

    In 2012, Neil suffered a near-fatal heart attack while attending Readercon in Burlington, MA. The damage sustained in this incident later required that he undergo surgery for the implantation of a defibrillator. These events inspired both Upgraded, his 2014 cyborg anthology and his 2017 jump from his day job in academia (technology) to become a full-time editor.

    Additionally, Neil edits Forever—a digital-only, reprint science fiction magazine he launched in 2015—and The SFWA Bulletin—a non-fiction periodical published by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. His anthologies include: Upgraded, Galactic Empires, Touchable Unreality, More Human than Human, The Final Frontier, and the Best Science Fiction of the Year series. His next anthology, Not One of Us, will be published in November and will be followed by The Eagle has Landed in July 2019.

    He currently lives in New Jersey with his wife and two sons.


 




 
  • Nisi Shawl

    Nisi Shawl Nisi Shawl wrote the 2016 Nebula finalist and Tiptree Honor novel Everfair, an alternate history in which the Congo overthrows King Leopold II's genocidal regime, and the 2008 Tiptree Award-winning short story collection Filter House. In 2005 she co-wrote Writing the Other: A Practical Approach, now considered the standard text on diverse character representation in the imaginative genres, and the basis of her years of online and in-person classes of the same name. She is a founder of the inclusivity-focused Carl Brandon Society and has served on the Clarion West Writers Workshop's board of directors for twenty years.

    Shawl's dozens of acclaimed stories have appeared in Analog and Asimov's Magazines, among many other publications; her "Everfair-adjacent" story "Vulcanization" was selected as one of twenty offered in Houghton Mifflin Harcourt's Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy of 2017. Recently she edited New Suns: Original Speculative Fiction by People of Color, published in Spring 2019 by Solaris. In the past she has edited and co-edited many more anthologies such as Stories for Chip: A Tribute to Samuel R. Delany; and Strange Matings: Science Fiction, Feminism, African American Voices, and Octavia E. Butler; both finalists for the Locus Award.Currently she is writing Kinning, an Everfair sequel.


 




 
  • 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 five-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.

    Scott has taught writing at the Odyssey Workshop, Writefest, and online for Odyssey Online Classes and Cat Rambo Academy for Wayward Writers. 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 six-time finalist for the World Fantasy Award, and he celebrates International Stout Day at least once a year.


 




 
  • Fran Wilde

    Fran Wilde Fran Wilde's novels and short stories have been finalists for three Nebula awards, two Hugo Awards, and a World Fantasy Award. They include her Andre Norton- and Compton-Crook-winning debut novel, Updraft (Tor, 2015), its sequels, Cloudbound (2016) and Horizon (2017), the middle-grade novel Riverland (Abrams, 2019), and the novelette "The Jewel and Her Lapidary" (Tor.com, 2016). Her short stories appear in Asimov's, Tor.com, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Shimmer, Nature, and the 2017 Year's Best Dark Fantasy and Horror. She writes for publications including The Washington Post, Tor.com, Clarkesworld, io9.com, and GeekMom.com. She holds an MFA in poetry and an MA in information architecture and interaction design. You can find her on Twitter, Facebook, and at franwilde.net.


 




 
  • Paul Witcover

    Paul Witcover Paul Witcover is the author of five novels, most recently The Watchman of Eternity, and a collection of short stories. With Elizabeth Hand, he created and wrote the DC Comic Anima. From 2014-2017, he was on the writing staff of the serial novel Tremontaine, which was a finalist for the Locus award. He has been a finalist for the Nebula, World Fantasy, and Shirley Jackson awards. He teaches in the online MFA program at Southern New Hampshire University and the online writing certificate program at UCLA. He lives in Brooklyn, NY, and can be found on Twitter at @PaulWitcover.


 




 
  • Joshua Bilmes

    Joshua Bilmes Joshua Bilmes is the founder and President of JABberwocky Literary Agency, which will celebrate its 25th anniversary this fall. Prior to founding his own agency, he spent a chunk of his high school years writing monthly critiques of Analog magazine to its editor, Stan Schmidt. He spent summers in college doing freelance work at Baen Books; his letters to Analog caught the eye of Betsy Mitchell, who was lured from the #2 spot at Analog to be Jim Baen's deputy. And ten weeks after graduating college, he was hired at the Scott Meredith Agency, which launched the careers of at least a half dozen leading agents in science fiction and fantasy.

    Top JABberwocky clients include #1 bestselling authors Brandon Sanderson and Charlaine Harris. Other of the agency's NY Times bestselling and/or award-winning clients include Peter V. Brett, Jack Campbell, Elizabeth Moon, Walter Jon Williams, Simon R. Green, Suzanne Palmer, Marie Brennan and Daniel José Older.

    Bilmes is known for his hands-on editorial work with his clients. In recent years, he's been leading a quixotic charge against inappropriate use of smiles, shrugs, sighs, grimaces, nods, winces, blanching, quirking, eye-rolling, gritting of teeth, smirks, snorts and other "head and shoulders" gestures. For the avoidance of doubt, by "inappropriate" Bilmes means "almost all." The word "said" is to manuscripts what water is to the human body. Any time you switch from that to using a gesture as a dialogue tag, or because you're bored with the word "said," or because you want to liven up a conversation, you're replacing the water of the word "said" with a heavily sugared beverage of your choice. Don't! Also, don't use lots of exclamation points! Really. We mean it!! Don't! The best writers can write richly, and the use of idle exclamation points, facial expressions or shoulder gestures isn't that.

    Joshua Bilmes spends a good chunk of his spare time watching movies and watching tennis.


 




 
  • Sara King

    Sara King Alaskan writer Sara King is the bestselling author of The Legend of ZERO, Outer Bounds, Guardians of the First Realm, and her latest urban fantasy series, Sunny Day, Paranormal Badass, among others. She's an alumni of the 2008 Odyssey Writing Workshop and has spent the last six years forging a successful career in independent publishing in the science fiction and fantasy genres. To her chagrin, she is owned by four 120+ pound Tibetan Mastiffs, cautiously maintains a flock of ninja chickens, and has so many literary irons in the fire that she's losing count. Thankfully, whenever she needs writing inspiration, she can step out her front door to go wandering in the Alaskan wilderness until she gets cold or almost dies--usually one or the other, but sometimes both--and then stumbles home with fresh stories to tell and a new respect for falling, drowning, hypothermia, disorientation, and aggressive 1500-pound wildlife.


 




 
  • Holly Black

    Holly Black Holly Black is the author of bestselling contemporary fantasy books for kids and teens. Some of her titles include The Spiderwick Chronicles (with Tony DiTerlizzi), The Modern Faerie Tale series, the Curse Workers series, Doll Bones, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, the Magisterium series (with Cassandra Clare), The Darkest Part of the Forest, The Cruel Prince and The Wicked King. She has been a finalist for an Eisner Award, and the recipient of the Andre Norton Award, the Mythopoeic Award and a Newbery Honor. She currently lives in New England with her husband and son in a house with a secret door.


 



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