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Jeanne Cavelos, Director and Primary Instructor

 

    Jeanne Cavelos The creation of Odyssey, an 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 psychological horror, for which she won the World Fantasy Award, and the Cutting Edge imprint of 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.

    In 1994, she left New York to become a freelance editor and pursue her own writing career. 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 is currently at work writing a near-future science thriller about genetic manipulation, titled Fatal Spiral. 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." The highly praised first volume, Casting Shadows, was called "Engrossing. . . . Powerfully written" by Speculative Vision. Her book The Science of Star Wars (St. Martin's) was chosen by the New York Public Library for its recommended reading list, and CNN said, "Cavelos manages to make some of the most mind-boggling notions of contemporary science understandable, interesting and even entertaining." The Science of The X-Files (Berkley) was nominated for the Bram Stoker Award. Publishers Weekly called it "Crisp, conversational, and intelligent."

    Jeanne's first published book, the Babylon 5 novel The Shadow Within, was brought back into print by Del Rey due to popular demand. Dreamwatch magazine called it "one of the best TV tie-in novels ever written."

    Recent works include a novella, "Negative Space" (which was given honorable mention in The Year's Best Science Fiction), in the anthology Decalog 5: Wonders and a chapter, "Innovation in Horror," which appears in both On Writing Horror: A Handbook by the Horror Writers Association and The Complete Handbook of Novel Writing. She has published short fiction and nonfiction in many magazines and anthologies.

    The Many Faces of Van Helsing, an anthology edited by Jeanne, was released by Berkley in 2004 and 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." Berkley released a mass market paperback edition and a Kindle edition in 2008.

    Since she loves working with developing writers, Jeanne created and serves as director of the Odyssey Writing Workshop, the only major workshop of its kind run by an editor. Jeanne designed Odyssey to combine an advanced curriculum that allows writers to improve their craft with detailed, in-depth feedback on their work. She is also an English lecturer at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire, where she teaches 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.






 
2011 Special Writer-in-Residence

 
  • Gary A. Braunbeck

    Gary A. Braunbeck Gary A. Braunbeck was born in Newark, Ohio (the city that serves as the model for the fictitious Cedar Hill in a majority of his novels and stories) and wrote his first story in the 7th grade at St. Francis de Sales Catholic School. It wasn't very good. He wrote his next one while still in the 7th grade. It was much better, but it also bought him several sessions with both a psychologist and a priest. Skipping ahead several decades, he has published 25 books, over 200 short stories, and co-edited 2 anthologies. Though he is best known as a writer of horror and dark fantasy, he has also published in the fields of mystery, suspense, science fiction, fantasy, bizarro, Western, and mainstream literature. His 25th book, To Each Their Darkness, a non-fiction memoir/ writer's guide, will be published in December of 2010 by Apex Books. His work has won numerous awards, including 5 Bram Stoker Awards, an International Horror Guild Award, 3 Shocklines "Shocker" Awards, a Dark Scribe Magazine Black Quill Award, and a World Fantasy Award nomination. His short story "Rami Temporalis," was turned into the Parsec Award-winning short film "One of Those Faces" by director Earl Newton. Gary currently lives in Worthington, Ohio, with his wife, Bram Stoker Award-winning poet and novelist Lucy A. Snyder, a guilty conscience, and 5 cats that do not hesitate to draw blood when he neglects to feed them on time.



 



2011 Guest Lecturers

 
  • Barry B. Longyear

    Barry B. Longyear Barry B. Longyear is the first writer to win the Nebula Award, the Hugo Award, and the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer in the same year (may still be the only one for all he knows). In addition to his acclaimed Enemy Mine series, from which the motion picture of the same name was derived, his works include numerous short stories, the Circus World series, Infinity Hold series, a mainstream recovery novel Saint Mary Blue, Yesterday's Tomorrow: Recovery Meditations For Hard Cases, and science fiction and fantasy novels ranging from Sea Of Glass to The God Box. His more recent works include The Write Stuff, his career how-to-write opus; and the omnibus editions: The Enemy Papers (Enemy Mine, The Tomorrow Testament, The Last Enemy, and The Talman), and Infinity Hold\3 (Infinity Hold, Kill All The Lawyers, and Keep The Law). He is in the process of converting his backlist into Kindle format, and has recently completed The Night, the first novel in his Confessions of a Confederate Vampire series.


 




 
  • Elizabeth Bear

    Elizabeth Bear Elizabeth Bear was born on the same day as Frodo and Bilbo Baggins, but in a different year. She's the author of over a dozen novels and seventy short stories, recipient of two Hugos, the John W. Campbell, and the Sturgeon Award. In her spare time, she enjoys falling off of rocks and cooking needlessly complicated food. She's previously taught at Clarion West and Viable Paradise.

    She lives in Connecticut with a Presumptuous Cat and a Giant Ridiculous Dog.


 




 
  • Theodora Goss

    Theodora Goss Theodora Goss was born in Hungary and spent her childhood in various European countries before her family moved to the United States.

    Although she grew up on the classics of English literature, her writing has been influenced by an Eastern European literary tradition in which the boundaries between realism and the fantastic are often ambiguous.

    She is a graduate of the Odyssey Writing Workshop (2000). Her publications include the short story collection In the Forest of Forgetting (2006); Interfictions (2007), a short story anthology coedited with Delia Sherman; and Voices from Fairyland (2008), a poetry anthology with critical essays and a selection of her own poems. Her works have been finalists for the Nebula, Crawford, and Mythopoeic Awards, on the Tiptree Honor List, and have won the World Fantasy and Rhysling Awards. Visit her website at www.theodoragoss.com.


 




 
  • Christopher Golden

    Christopher Golden Christopher Golden is the award-winning, bestselling author of such novels as Of Saints and Shadows, The Myth Hunters, The Boys Are Back in Town, and Strangewood. He has also written books for teens and young adults, including When Rose Wakes, Soulless, Poison Ink, and the upcoming The Secret Journeys of Jack London, co-authored with Tim Lebbon. Golden and Lebbon are presently adapting the first novel in the series as a screenplay for Fox. In 2010, Ace Books is reprinting his groundbreaking Peter Octavian novel series, beginning with Of Saints and Shadows, and leading up to the publication of a brand new Octavian novel, Waking Nightmares, in 2011.

    A lifelong fan of the "team-up," Golden frequently collaborates with other writers on books, comics, and scripts. He co-wrote the lavishly illustrated novel Baltimore, or, The Steadfast Tin Soldier and the Vampire with Mike Mignola. Their comic book series, Baltimore: The Plague Ships, began in 2010. With Tim Lebbon, he has co-written four novels in the Hidden Cities series, the latest of which, The Shadow Men, hits in 2011. With Thomas E. Sniegoski, he is the co-author of the book series OutCast and The Menagerie, as well as comic book miniseries such as Talent, currently in development as a feature film. With Amber Benson, Golden co-created the online animated series Ghosts of Albion and co-wrote the book series of the same name.

    As an editor, he has worked on the short story anthologies The New Dead and British Invasion, among others, and has also written and co-written comic books, video games, screenplays, and a network television pilot. The author is also known for his many media tie-in works, including novels, comics, and video games, in the worlds of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Hellboy, Angel, and X-Men, among others.

    Golden was born and raised in Massachusetts, where he still lives with his family. His original novels have been published in more than fourteen languages in countries around the world. Please visit him at www.christophergolden.com.


 




 
  • John Joseph Adams

    John Joseph Adams John Joseph Adams is the bestselling editor of many anthologies, such as Wastelands, The Living Dead (a World Fantasy Award finalist),The Living Dead 2, Seeds of Change, By Blood We Live, The Way of the Wizard, Federations, and The Improbable Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. Barnes & Noble.com named him "the reigning king of the anthology world," and his books have been named to numerous best of the year lists.

    John is also the fiction editor of the science fiction magazine Lightspeed. Prior to taking on that role, he worked for nearly nine years in the editorial department at The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction.

    John is currently the co-host of The Geek's Guide to the Galaxy podcast, and has published hundreds of interviews and other pieces of nonfiction. He has written reviews for Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly, and Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show and is a former print news correspondent for SCI FI Wire (now known as Blastr). His nonfiction has also appeared in Amazing Stories, The Internet Review of Science Fiction, Locus Magazine, Novel & Short Story Writers Market, Science Fiction Weekly, Shimmer, Strange Horizons, Subterranean Magazine, and Tor.com.


 



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