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Odyssey Webinars

Winter 2017 Webinar:

Creating Characters and Character Arcs
  Instructor:  Meagan Spooner
  Register:  Anytime
  Available:  Beginning January 2, 2017

Available in the Webinar Archive:

Productivity for Writers
  Instructor:  Alex Hughes
  Register:  Anytime

And check out our online classes!

A Message from Jeanne Cavelos, Director, about the Odyssey Webinars:


The mission of the Odyssey Writing Workshops Charitable Trust is to help writers of fantasy, science fiction, and horror improve their work. So we're constantly looking for new ways to provide writers with information and instruction that can take their work to the next level. In 2015, in response to many requests, we offered our first webinar, and this year, we're adding a second offering

The webinar offers maximum flexibility to fit into your schedule. You can watch the video of the session at your convenience as many times as you want over 30 days. The webinar also allows Odyssey to help more writers. Unlike our in-person workshop and our online classes, which require a limited class size, the webinar is available to any writer who would like to attend.

For this winter's webinar, I wanted to give writers a chance to sit in on the Odyssey Writing Workshop. For the very first time, you have the opportunity to view a video recording of an Odyssey lecture in its entirety. The webinar, Creating Characters and Character Arcs, is a recording of Meagan Spooner's guest lecture at Odyssey 2016. Meagan Spooner is a New York Times bestseller and a graduate of Odyssey 2009. She was one of our most popular guests last summer. In this webinar, she offers some fascinating approaches to characters, combining techniques used by writers with those used by actors. She also explains how the expectations a character has and the tactics that character uses drive the character's arc ahead. Meg also discusses how to tie character arc to plot arc, so emotions build to a powerful and involving climax.

Also available in the archive is our first webinar, Productivity for Writers. You can't succeed as a writer unless you regularly get words down on the page. Many writers are limited in their progress because they just can't make that happen. Family, friends, responsibilities, warring priorities, distractions, a lack of good writing habits, a lack of confidence, depression--the challenges are many. And even if you do sit down every day, you may not be able to produce very much. This session, by novelist Alex Hughes, provides specific, practical advice based on her own experiences that can show you the way to overcome challenges, create good writing habits, and increase your output. She also shares numerous resources and readings that writers can explore after the webinar. Alex's techniques and insights can make a major change in a writer's life

Since creating characters and being productive are issues for writers of all genres, writers of all types of fiction would be welcome to register.

To learn more about how to view the recorded video and the system requirements for your computer, keep reading. You can find out more specific information about each webinar on the specific webinar page.

  • Technological Requirements to View the Video Recording:

    • To view the recording (which will be in .mp4 format), you will need the Adobe Flash Plugin. This page will tell you if you have Flash and which version you have, under "Version Information."

    • Advance readings and handouts will be distributed in MS Word files. You must be able to read such files.

  • Cost: You will be asked to pay when you register. See the specific webinar page for the cost. The tuition quoted is the discounted rate for US students paying by check or money order, and for international students paying by bank draft in US dollars.

    You have the additional option of paying tuition through PayPal which allows you to charge the costs on a credit card. Those using PayPal need to pay the full rates, which are about 4% higher.

  • Refunds: All payments are non-refundable.

The Odyssey Writing Workshops Charitable Trust is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to help developing writers realize their potential and make their work the best it can be. I hope this new program will be helpful to you. My experiences over Odyssey's 21 years have been incredible. Talented writers of all ages, from all over the world, have devoted themselves to improving their writing and made exciting breakthroughs.

If you have any questions, feel free to email me.

To receive information about future webinars, sign up for our free e-newsletter.

If you want help improving your writing but you feel a webinar isn't the right option for you, you may want to check out our online classes. If you have completed work, you may find the Odyssey Critique Service helpful. It allows you to receive professional-level feedback on your writing. We also offer consultations, in which you can talk out a writing problem with me. And, of course, there's our six-week workshop.

In the meantime, I hope you'll find this site a useful resource for your writing.

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