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ODYSSEY WORKSHOP
Become the writer you've always known you could be.

The Odyssey Writing Workshops Charitable Trust is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization formed with a simple yet inspiring mission: to help developing writers of fantasy, science fiction, and horror improve their work.

If you’re a writer of fantastic fiction, Odyssey’s programs and resources are designed to help you take your writing to the next level. Odyssey is based on the principle that the journey to become the best writer one can be is lifelong. If writers want to reach their full potential, to have their work live and grow along with them, they need to constantly strive to improve. Because of this, the Odyssey Writing Workshops Charitable Trust offers feedback and guidance to writers at all levels, from beginners to successful professionals. Become the writer you’ve always known you could be!

Your Personal Odyssey

Next Sessions Starting
June 6, 2022 (6 weeks)
August 8, 2022 (3 months)
November 14, 2022 (6 months)

Deadline - April 1, 2022

Have you ever wished that you could attend your own private writing workshop that would teach you exactly what you need to know, at the right pace for you, and respond to your questions, problems, and needs in extensive one-on-one sessions? That's what Your Personal Odyssey Writing Workshop is. We've combined the renowned Odyssey lectures, expert feedback, and deep mentoring to provide an intensive, personalized one-on-one online workshop experience.

ODYSSEY ONLINE

Odyssey’s online classes will provide you with valuable tools and techniques and will guide you as you practice using them.

SERVICES

Odyssey Writing Workshops provides writers of all levels, from beginners to successful pros, in-depth, insightful, professional-level critiques on their work, coaching, and consultations.

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RESOURCES

Odyssey makes available Podcasts of Workshop Lectures as well as Writing & Publishing Tips. You can also gather once a month at our Salon and talk writing, or check out the latest news from our Blog.

ONLINE CLASSES

Getting the Big Picture:

The Key to
Revising Your Novel

Course Meets:
Tuesdays
Jan 4 – Feb 15, 2022

Instructor:
Barbara Ashford
Application Deadline:
December 6, 2021

Emotional Truth:

Making Character Emotions Real,
Powerful, and Immediate to Readers

Course Meets:
Wednesdays
Jan 5 – Feb 2, 2022

Instructor:
Scott H. Andrews
Application Deadline:
December 6, 2021

Scene & Sequel:

How to Generate Character-Driven Momentum, Control Pacing, and Write a Page-Turning Story

Course Meets:
Thursdays
Jan 6 – Feb 3, 2022

Instructor:
Gregory Ashe
Application Deadline:
December 6, 2021

THE ODYSSEY BLOG

Gregory Ashe

Interview: Graduate & Guest Lecturer Gregory Ashe

Odyssey graduate and bestselling author Gregory Ashe will be a guest lecturer at this summer’s Odyssey Writing Workshop. Gregory is ...
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  • Interview: Graduate Jenny Rae Rappaport
    Jenny Rae Rappaport has been published in Lightspeed Magazine, Escape Pod, and Beneath Ceaseless Skies, among other magazines. She is a 2009 graduate of the Odyssey Writing Workshop and holds a BA in creative writing from Carnegie Mellon University. In the past, she has worked as a literary agent, a marine sciences field guide, and spent a semester […]
  • Director’s Corner: The Compelling, Emotional Complex Sentence
    Jeanne 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 […]
  • Interview: Graduate P. A. Cornell
    P. A. Cornell is a Chilean-Canadian writer who penned her first speculative fiction story as a third-grade assignment (a science fiction piece about shape-shifting aliens). While her early publications were in non-fiction, she has been steadily selling her short fiction since 2016. An active member of SFWA and a 2002 graduate of the Odyssey Writing […]
  • Odyssey Podcast #148: Melissa Scott
    Odyssey Podcast #148 Award-winning author Melissa Scott was a guest lecturer at the 2021 Odyssey Writing Workshop. Podcast #148 is an excerpt from her lecture on worldbuilding. Melissa was born and raised in Little Rock, Arkansas, and studied history at Harvard College. She earned her Ph.D. from Brandeis University in the comparative history program with a dissertation […]

THE ODYSSEY EXPERIENCE

I love working with developing writers, helping them to realize their potential and make their work the best it can be.

My experiences over Odyssey's twenty-five previous years have been incredible. Talented writers of all ages, some already published, have come from all across the US, Canada, the UK, Ireland, Sweden, Spain, France, Germany, Israel, India, Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, China, Saudi Arabia, and Singapore, and embarked on this epic journey of discovery with me. I've watched students make major breakthroughs during the six weeks, and I've followed their progress after the workshop as they've submitted their work, piled up the rejection slips, made sales, and built wonderful writing careers for themselves.

—Jeanne Cavelos

I love working with developing writers, helping them to realize their potential and make their work the best it can be.

My experiences over Odyssey's twenty-five previous years have been incredible. Talented writers of all ages, some already published, have come from all across the US, Canada, the UK, Ireland, Sweden, Spain, France, Germany, Israel, India, Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, China, Saudi Arabia, and Singapore, and embarked on this epic journey of discovery with me. I've watched students make major breakthroughs during the six weeks, and I've followed their progress after the workshop as they've submitted their work, piled up the rejection slips, made sales, and built wonderful writing careers for themselves.

—Jeanne Cavelos

I love working with developing writers, helping them to realize their potential and make their work the best it can be.

My experiences over Odyssey's twenty-five previous years have been incredible. Talented writers of all ages, some already published, have come from all across the US, Canada, the UK, Ireland, Sweden, Spain, France, Germany, Israel, India, Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, China, Saudi Arabia, and Singapore, and embarked on this epic journey of discovery with me. I've watched students make major breakthroughs during the six weeks, and I've followed their progress after the workshop as they've submitted their work, piled up the rejection slips, made sales, and built wonderful writing careers for themselves.

—Jeanne Cavelos