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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 5, 2023 (6 weeks)
August 14, 2023 (12 weeks)
November 27, 2023 (18 weeks)

Deadline - March 13, 2023

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

Angled Dialogue:
Crafting Authentic-Sounding Dialogue to Convey Information, Escalate Conflict, and Advance Character-Driven Stories

Course Meets:
Thursdays
Jan 5 – Feb 2, 2023

Instructor:
Gregory Ashe
Application Deadline:
November 21, 2022

One Brick at a Time:
Crafting Compelling Scenes

Course Meets:
Tuesdays
Jan 3 – Jan 31, 2023

Instructor:
Barbara Ashford
Application Deadline:
November 21, 2022

Emotional Truth:
Making Character Emotions Real, Powerful, and Immediate to Readers

Course Meets:
Wednesdays
Jan 4 – Feb 1, 2023

Instructor:
Scott H. Andrews
Application Deadline:
November 21, 2022

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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  • Graduate Essay: “Footnotes & Fetuses: Exploring Unusual POV Modes” by Barbara A. Barnett
    Barbara A. Barnett is a writer, musician, orchestra librarian, coffee addict, wine lover, and all-around geek. Her short fiction has appeared in publications such as Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, GigaNotoSaurus, Fantasy Magazine, Intergalactic Medicine Show, Daily Science Fiction, and Flash Fiction Online. A 2007 graduate of the Odyssey Writing Workshop, Barbara is […]
  • Odyssey Podcast #150: Scott Edelman
    Odyssey Podcast #150 Odyssey Podcast #150 is an excerpt from a lecture by Scott Edelman at Odyssey 1999 on choosing the best character for your story idea. Scott has published nearly 100 short stories in magazines such as Analog, The Twilight Zone, Postscripts, Absolute Magnitude, Science Fiction Review and Fantasy Book, and in anthologies such as You, Human, The Solaris Book of New Science […]
  • Odyssey Podcast #149: Barbara Ashford
    Odyssey Podcast #149 Odyssey Podcast #149 is an excerpt from the Odyssey Online course “One Brick at a Time: Crafting Compelling Scenes,” taught by Odyssey graduate and award-winning author Barbara Ashford in Winter 2018. Barbara will be teaching the course again this winter. You can find more information on all of Odyssey’s 2023 online class […]
  • Graduate Essay: “Seeing Myself” by Aleksandra Hill
    Aleksandra Hill is a Polish-Canadian writer of stories, including fantasy, sci-fi, and horror. She won the Grand Prize in the 2019 Writer’s Digest Popular Fiction Awards for her short story, “A Life Measured in Moons.” An alumna of Odyssey Writing Workshop, Aleksandra is pursuing an MFA in fiction and non-fiction at the New School. She is […]

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