Getting the Vision onto the Paper
I've always been a writer, all my life, but not a very effective one until I
attended Odyssey. At Odyssey I
learned how to get the story that was in my head onto paper in a way that
readers could understand and enjoy.
I learned more about the business of writing in six weeks than I had in
the previous ten years.
Jeanne Cavelos is a wonderful teacher.
She covered everything from the big picture (structure,
characterization, setting, plot) to the tiniest details (where to put commas,
semicolons, and ellipses). I came
away with a much better understanding of the written word and a confidence that
I had never before experienced.
Another aspect I really enjoyed was having the guest authors and agents as well
as the author in residence. They
brought an extra dimension of learning and information that broadened my
writing knowledge and ability.
When I went to Odyssey, I was hungry for critiques from people who understood
the genres I loved and wanted to write in. All previous feedback I had gotten on my writing had been
from teachers and professors who loathed fantasy, horror, and science
fiction. They knew nothing about
the genres, and their critiques were not helpful in any way. I was so relieved
to get with a group of accomplished writers who would read my stories and give
me feedback that was relevant and helpful. I learned so much from the other Odyssey attendees and
continue to learn so much them.
Even after the six weeks of formal classes were over, the Odyssey
training and feedback continued over the years. The value of that association cannot be overlooked.
I am thankful I got the chance to attend Odyssey. I'm sure I never would have gotten my books published
without that training. Odyssey is
a wonderful program, and I recommend it to everyone who is serious about a
author of Red Dragon Codex and
Brass Dragon Codex under the pen name
R. D. Henham
Find out more about
Rebecca Shelley here: www.rebeccashelley.com
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