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Odyssey Salon

  When:  Every Wednesday  
 
7:30 pm-8:30 pm U.S. Eastern Time Zone
 
 
Where:  Online
 
 
Who:  All writers and readers are welcome
 
 
How:  It's free, just follow the directions below to attend
 
 
Why:  Because you love writing and want to discuss it
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Since the 16th century, lovers of writing and reading have gathered in salons to exchange information and ideas. Early salons were held in people's homes. Later, people would meet in clubs, coffee shops, or pubs. J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis, along with others, used to meet at the Eagle and Child pub in Oxford each week. It seems only fitting that a 21st-century salon should meet online.

The Odyssey Salon is meant for those who would like to participate in lively discussion about writing. You can share insights, discuss struggles, set goals, ask questions, comment on stories or novels you've read, or recommend good books or resources on writing. You can also ask any questions about Odyssey programs you might have.

Odyssey get-together Think of it as hanging out with a bunch of interesting writers and having a great conversation, but you bring your own chips and soda.

The salon is hosted by Odyssey Director Jeanne Cavelos, though occasional guest hosts may appear from time to time.

  • Technological requirements: The salon uses GoToMeeting. You don't need to have an account to attend. But you do need a fairly up-to-date computer and a good Internet connection. The computer specifications below may look a bit intimidating, if you're not a technical person. Chances are, if you've bought your computer in the last 7 years, it will fulfill the requirements. But to make sure, go through the requirements so you can avoid any problems.
    • A telephone or a USB headset (made up of headphones and microphone) that you can plug into your computer. If you use a phone, your phone will be charged for a standard long-distance call. If you have a built-in microphone and speakers, you can try using those, but that may cause feedback, forcing us to mute you. So a telephone or headset is preferred.
    If you have a PC, the following is required:
    • Internet Explorer 7.0 or newer, Mozilla Firefox 3.0 or newer, or Google Chrome 5.0 or newer; in any of these, JavaScript must be enabled
    • Windows 8, Windows 7, Vista, XP, or 2003 Server
    • Dual-core 2.4GHz CPU or faster with 2GB of RAM (recommended)
    • Cable modem, DSL, or better Internet connection
    • To see the instructor via webcam, 700 Kbps or more bandwidth (you can check your bandwidth here). If you don't have this much bandwidth, you can still participate but will probably need to close the small window showing the instructor
    If you have a Mac, the following is required:
    • Safari 3.0 or newer, Firefox 3.0 or newer, or Google Chrome 5.0 or newer; in any of these, JavaScript must be enabled
    • Mac OS X 10.6—Snow Leopard or newer
    • Intel processor (1 GB of RAM or better recommended)
    • Cable modem, DSL, or better Internet connection
    • To see the instructor via webcam, 700 Kbps or more bandwidth (you can check your bandwidth here). If you don't have this much bandwidth, you can still participate but will probably need to close the small window showing the instructor

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  • How to Join the Salon: It takes just 3 steps.
    1. Before joining the salon, restart your computer, so the computer closes background applications and you start with as little activity in your computer as possible. This is a critical step. After restarting, do not open any files except the browser you need to join the salon.

    2. Please join the salon via computer first. At the appropriate time, click on this link: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/216240309

      If prompted, click Yes, Grant or Trust to accept the download. Enter the Meeting ID: 216-240-309

      If you have difficulties, you can contact Jeanne by email.

      The salon holds a maximum of 25 people, so if it is full, you will receive a message when you try to join that there's no more room, sadly. Please try again another time.

    3. The next step is to connect your audio.

      IF USING A PHONE: A control panel will pop up on your screen with your personal Audio PIN. Now call in with your phone and input the Audio PIN when prompted. This phone call will incur normal long-distance charges.

      Phone Numbers for Participants in Various Countries:

      United States: (213) 493-0014
      Australia: +61 2 8355 1035
      Canada: (647) 497-9373
      New Zealand: +64 (0) 9 801 0292
      Sweden: +46 (0) 852 500 288
      United Kingdom: +44 20 3657 6778

      Access Code: 216-240-309

      Audio PIN: Shown after joining the salon

      IF USING A USB HEADSET: If you are using a headset (or built-in mic and speakers), you don't need to do anything for your audio except plug in your headset or turn on your speakers. GoToMeeting will automatically input your Audio PIN, so you don't need to worry about that. As discussed a headset is recommended over built-in mic and speakers, to avoid feedback.
    Once you do it the first time, it's really easy, and the quality is great.

  • Do I need to prepare? Please come with something to contribute, whether it's a question, comment, insight, idea, progress report, or lack-of-progress report. The salon will be as interesting as its participants.

    If the salon gets too crowded or loud (background noises may be an issue), the host may have to temporarily mute some people, so others can be heard. Some people may be asked to turn off their webcams to make room for others, so everyone can have their chance to talk and be seen.

    The mission of the Odyssey Writing Workshops Charitable Trust is to help writers improve their work, and a thoughtful exchange of ideas seems like a great way to do that.

    Please join us for a stimulating discussion!

    If you have any questions, feel free to e-mail Jeanne.

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    Below is further information about GoToMeeting, which you don't need to attend, but you may find helpful, particularly if you want to attend the salon regularly.

  • More on GoToMeeting: GoToMeeting is set up so that a person can join a meeting and participate without any previous instruction. But here's some information to help you avoid any technical problems and to enhance your experience.

    When you join the meeting on your computer, you will see several components: the Viewer Window, which will show what is on the host's desktop; Webcam Windows, which will show you anyone who has chosen to share webcams; and the Control Panel.

    Control Panel

    ● The Control Panel is comprised of five panes that run down the right side of your screen: the Attendee List Pane, the Audio Pane, the Webcam Pane, the Chat Pane, and the Grab Tab. The Attendee List Pane allows you to see who else is in the salon. The Audio Pane allows you to check and manipulate your audio settings. The Webcam Pane allows you to share or stop sharing your webcam. The Chat Pane allows you to send messages privately or to everyone in the salon.

    ● After you have been connected to the meeting for about ten seconds, the Control Panel will collapse off the right side of your screen, and you'll be left with only a short, vertical strip, the "Grab Tab."

    Grab Tab

    ● The orange arrows at the top of the Grab Tab allow you to restore the Control Panel or collapse the Control Panel. You can stop the control panel from collapsing by clicking on "View" at the very top and un-checking "Auto-Hide the Control Panel."

    ● The green icon below the double arrows will be either a microphone or a telephone, depending on what you are using for audio. You can click on this to mute and unmute yourself (handy if you need to cough and don't want everyone to hear it).

    ● The gray icon below the microphone or telephone is your webcam control. Click on it (and turn it green) if you want others to see you. Click again if you want to stop sharing your webcam.

    ● The square icon at the bottom allows you to choose how you would like to view the Viewer Window, either as a scalable window or as a full screen. If you choose the scalable window, then you can resize it by clicking and dragging the lower right corner.

    Audio

    Telephone:

    ● If using a telephone, avoid using cellular or cordless phones if at all possible, because they will create background static. Avoid using a speakerphone because of background noise, tunnel effect and sentence clipping.

    ● Please turn off your call waiting. The beep of a new call on another line is heard by everyone.

    ● Please call in from a location where there is little background noise.

    ● If you are having a sound quality problem or can't hear anything, first, type "can't hear" or "sound problem" in your chat box and click send, so the host knows you're having trouble. Then, try hanging up and calling back. That often clears up the problem. Let the host know if your problem is resolved.

    USB Headset:

    ● Please call in from a location where there is little background noise.

    ● If you are having a sound quality problem or can't hear anything, first, type "can't hear" or "sound problem" in your chat box and click send, so the host knows you're having trouble. Then, check the Audio Pane on the Control Panel to make sure you have chosen the "Mic & Speakers" option. Check the volume setting by clicking "Test" or "Audio Setup" or clicking on the speaker icon in the Audio Pane.

    Webcam

    ● Additional webcam options are available on a drop-down menu in the Webcam Pane.

    ● You can resize the webcam windows by using the slider, which looks like two parallel lines. You'll see the slider beside any webcam image. Click and drag it to make the windows larger or smaller.

    Chat

    ● The Chat Pane on your Control Panel allows you to send messages privately to one person or to everyone.

    ● You can read the Chat Log in the top window of the Chat Pane. The window below that is for you to type your chat message. Below that, select the recipient of your message from the drop-down menu. Then press Send.

    Exiting

    ● When the salon is over, or when you'd like to leave, click File at the top of your Control Panel, then Exit--Leave Meeting.

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