- The Official '98 Class Picture (not to be confused with the unofficial '98 class pictures)
From left to right:
Top row: Sean "Thinker" Finn, Sharon "Barmaid" Keir, Matt "Nebraska" Rotundo, Rob "Middle America" Jones, James "Boots" Maxey, Erica "Mom" Tolley, Steven "Still Waters" Prete, Walt "QVC" Cuirle
Middle row: Marty "Doctor" Hiller, Julia "Harley" Duncan, Jeanne "Prof" Cavelos, Carrie "Queen" Vaughn, Morgan "Netscape" Hua, Stephen "Believer" Chambers
Bottom row: Stacy "Big Blue Boyscout" Dooks, Richard "Cookie" Bradford, Bryan "Carnival" King, Lea "Twister" Braff, Samantha "Goth" Payeff, Rita "Scones" Oakes
Nicknames courtesy of Julia Duncan.
- The Unofficial '98 Class Pictures
- Great(?) Moments from the Odyssey 1998 Workshop
- COMMENTS FROM THE ODYSSEY CLASS OF 1998
"Odyssey is more than a six-week writing course. It's an adventure. You'll learn more than you'd ever expect. If can't be beat. Come, experience the wonder for yourself."
"Odyssey was well worth the time, cost, and effort."
"Are you ready for the Odyssey Experience? It might be painful, but it will change you and it will improve your writing."
"The best educational bargain around for anyone striving to write well."
"Odyssey deepened my connection to my work and sharpened the tools necessary for shaping passion into story."
"I feel more confident about my writing now. I was somewhat confident before, but now I know my weaknesses and exactly what I need to work on to fix them--this is very empowering!
I had solid skills before, but the workshop gave me tools for analyzing my work, identifying specific problems, and fixing them."
"Through electroshock conditioning, the writer's ear for language is sharpened, and his confidence raised. One cannot help but improve. I'd recommend it to anyone."
"If you have specific writing goals, Odyssey is for you. Jeanne does a great job. For overall coverage of writing topics, Odyssey is more organized and structured than Clarion West. The combination of the two has completed my formal writing education. If I had to choose which one to attend, I would go to Odyssey first,; it provides a greater foundation to build on."
"If you are unsure of yourself as a writer--of what your strengths and weaknesses are--come to Odyssey. In six weeks you will learn more about writing and your own talent than you would in a year writing alone."
"Writers cannot help but gain from Odyssey. Haven't you ever wanted to sit down with an editor and get some personalized feedback on your work? Aren't you sick of form rejections? Odyssey is a chance to work one-on-one with a real, live editor for six weeks! You also get tons of feedback from other students, meet and work with professionals in the field, and learn how to identify weaknesses in your own writing that you may not have been aware of. Go for it!"
"Anyone who is serious about writing needs Odyssey. There's no way around it. Odyssey is a lot like a box of chocolates, you never know what you're going to get, but you can rest assured it will be filled with tasty goodness."
A new feature for the 1998 Workshop:
GREAT(?) MOMENTS FROM THE ODYSSEY 1998 WORKSHOP
During the '98 workshop, certain statements of the students and guests resonated with exceptional truth and insight. These statements have been preserved so that their wisdom can be shared with other writers, and so visitors to this website can get an idea of the consistently high level of rhetoric and insightful critiques that ring through the lofty halls of Odyssey.
THE FOLLOWING QUOTES HAVE NOT BEEN EDITED FOR LANGUAGE!
"James snuck into my brain last night and stole my critique."
"If you did a futuristic version of that, then I think it could really, really pay off. . . probably."
"It looks like I liked this story."
"I think I enjoyed this story."
"Killing people isn't all that interesting. But how people move is more interesting."
"Severing a kid's head from his body and putting it in the engine compartment is fairly memorable."
"Clearly I am not the intended audience--which is a good thing."
"Your readership will be strange but loyal."
"You put the fucks in the wrong place."
"The idea of Nazis using crosses to keep this vampire at bay just drove me bugfuck."
"You have his head ripped off. That's not enough."
"These Nazis have no character."
"Either she has nine thousand hands or she doesn't."
"Those short stories you get online are about as good as the paper they're printed on."
"Somebody has to die."
"The warm trouser stories."
"I felt like an idiot after I read this."
"The rape was nicely rendered."
"I assumed it was part of a larger work--or you were totally clueless."
"You should never let a fact stand in the way of drama."
"I thought this story should be dragged behind the shed and an axe taken to it."
"I really liked the pornography."
"I had to wake myself up about three times in the first thirteen pages."
"Obviously his neck is broken and that's one thing. He'll have to deal with it. Maybe he'll go to the chiropractor."
"After a day, maybe two, I'd just pull my sword out and start hacking this guy up."
"All I can say is the crow really pissed me off."
"I felt like somebody just dragged me out of bed right after I had sex."
"Fairy tales can come true--and your little dog too!"
"Getting raped by a giant lobster, being shot down by the National Guard--nobody deserves that."
"There's these words in here that I don't even know, and I can't even look it up."
"Come on, folks. This is not rocket science. If she wants to have immortal werewolves, let her have immortal werewolves."
"In my personal experience, vampires smell very well."
"I hate plot. I like stories in which nothing happens."
"I don't want to see this woman decorate again."
"I sort of feel like the guy who's going to piss in your beer."
"The Disneyland of Death"
"Sometimes I like being hit over the head."
"All I can say is the crow really pissed me off."
"It's not about people starving in Bosnia. There's no hidden meaning. It's about getting the devil a pretzel."
"I felt like I had been somehow punished for reading this story."
"Feed a baby Maypo and Pixy Stix, and it's gonna get gray."
And from The Never Ending Odyssey:
"The words on the page are not as scary as what's going on in my head."
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