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Special Resources for Graduates

 

We've set up a variety of resources for graduates of the Odyssey Writing Workshop (otherwise known as Odfellows) and graduates of the Odyssey Online Classes. Writing is a solitary activity, and it can sometimes help a lot just to know that other people are struggling with the same issues you are. With these various resources, you can continue to improve your writing and keep in touch with other Odyssey graduates—to exchange information, discuss writing issues, receive feedback on your work, and build friendships.

Please make sure to keep Odyssey updated with your current address, phone, and e-mail, so we can inform you of any new resources or developments.

Please note: These resources are available to graduates only.


FOR GRADUATES OF THE ODYSSEY WRITING WORKSHOP:

Odfellowdiscussion: an e-mail discussion group for Odyssey graduates from all years, focused on writing and writing-related issues. Members ask questions, offer information, report progress (or the lack thereof), report sales and rejections, share problems, market information, and insights about writing. Because this is a large group, we try to keep on topic, so members aren't overwhelmed with e-mails on topics that aren't of interest. The people on this group have a wide range of backgrounds and knowledge and can be a great resource for you. The group is run by Matthew Rotundo (class of '98) at msrotundo@yahoo.com. He, Rita Oakes (class of '98), and Jeanne Cavelos form the moderator panel, which takes action in the rare cases where someone repeatedly posts off-topic or where a member flames another member. If you sign up, you will receive a welcome message from Matt with information about how the group works. You may want to introduce yourself as part of your first post. Archives are accessible to members only.

Odfellowcritique: an e-mail critique group for Odyssey graduates of all years. Members submit their manuscripts to the moderator, who posts them on the Yahoogroup site. You can critique whichever submissions you want, whenever you want, and email your critiques to the group. The group is run by Michael Ashley (class of '04) at podrickpayne2@yahoo.com. If you sign up, he will send you an e-mail with more information about how the group works. Archives are accessible to members only.

Odlog: The Odfellows' Log is a newsletter with articles about writing, markets, genre, conventions, and news about graduates. The newsletter comes out 1-2 times a year and is distributed free through this e-group, which is "announcement-only," meaning no discussion. You will receive an email when a new issue of the newsletter is available on the Yahoogroup site for your perusal. You will receive only a handful of emails from this group per year. The newsletter is edited and published by Rita Oakes (class of '98) at odlog@yahoo.com. All the material is written by Odfellows, so if you feel the urge, contact Rita about an article you'd like to write or any newsbites you'd like to share.

Odyssey E-Groups for Individual Classes: An e-group is set up for each Odyssey graduating class. This is where you can keep in touch with the friends you have made, let everyone know how you're doing on various projects, and post more conversational/ personal messages that wouldn't be appropriate on Odfellowdiscussion. Each group is maintained by a member of that particular class. If you'd like to know who is in charge of the group for your class, contact Jeanne Cavelos at jcavelos@sff.net. Archives are accessible to members only.

NOTE REGARDING ALL E-LISTS: These lists are set up through Yahoo Groups. You can go to http://groups.yahoo.com/mygroups and control the format in which you receive postings to these groups. If you feel you are getting too many e-mails from a group, you can choose to receive a "digest," which means that all the posts for a single day are put into one e-mail message. You can also choose to view all posts at the Yahoo Groups Web site, rather than receiving them as e-mails. FYI, our groups are set up as closed, private groups, which means that you own the copyright to your own postings.

Odyssey Guest Lecturer Tapes: Guests agree to have their lectures taped, with the understanding that the tapes will be made available to Odyssey students and graduates only, and will not be duplicated. As a graduate, you may borrow any tapes, as long as you treat them well, return them in a timely manner, and reimburse the cost of postage. You may also borrow tapes of Jeanne Cavelos's lectures, again with the understanding that they will not be shared or duplicated. To borrow tapes, contact Jeanne at jcavelos@sff.net.

The Never-Ending Odyssey (TNEO): An invitation-only, 8-day workshop for graduates of Odyssey. Started in 1998, TNEO is a unique program at which writing professionals and near-professionals with the shared background of Odyssey work together to improve their skills. Major components of the workshop include daily four-hour workshopping sessions, a master class focused on a particular element of fiction, daily writing hours, writing exercises, a brainstorming session, a problem-solving session, a novel synopsis critique session, read-aloud sessions, a slam, and the TNEO Salon Fantastique, open in the evenings for literary discussion. Each participant gets three manuscripts critiqued; there is also the option of submitting your entire novel for critique. The workshopping follows the Odyssey guidelines but is longer and more in depth. Jeanne Cavelos oversees all aspects of TNEO but does not teach it; Jeanne participates along with everyone else. A different graduate serves as moderator each year, and participants offer lectures. You can find more information here.

Convention Get-Togethers: At some of the bigger conventions, such as WorldCon (the World Science Fiction Convention), the World Fantasy Convention, the World Horror Convention, Boskone, etc., when a number of Odfellows are attending, we try to organize some sort of activity: a group dinner, a workshopping session, or whatever. If you're planning to go to a con, post it to Odfellowdiscussion or let Jeanne Cavelos know at jcavelos@sff.net, and you can meet up with others who are going.


FOR GRADUATES OF ODYSSEY ONLINE CLASSES:

Odysseyonlinecrit: an e-mail critique group for all Odyssey Online graduates. Members submit their manuscripts to the moderator, who posts them on the Yahoogroup site. You can critique whichever submissions you want, whenever you want, and email your critiques to the group. The group is run by Regina Glei (graduate of multiple Odyssey Online Classes) at reginaglei@yahoo.com. If you sign up, she will send you an e-mail with more information about how the group works. Archives are accessible to members only.

Odyssey E-Groups for Individual Classes: An e-group is set up for each Odyssey class, and it remains active after the class ends. This is where you can discuss writing, share information, report progress, and keep in touch with the friends you have made. If you've lost track of the group for your class, contact Jeanne Cavelos. Archives are accessible to members only.

NOTE REGARDING ALL E-LISTS: These lists are set up through Yahoo Groups. You can go to http://groups.yahoo.com/mygroups and control the format in which you receive postings to these groups. If you feel you are getting too many e-mails from a group, you can choose to receive a "digest," which means that all the posts for a single day are put into one e-mail message. You can also choose to view all posts at the Yahoo Groups Web site, rather than receiving them as e-mails. FYI, our groups are set up as closed, private groups, which means that you own the copyright to your own postings.

Convention Get-Togethers: At some of the bigger conventions, such as WorldCon (the World Science Fiction Convention), the World Fantasy Convention, the World Horror Convention, Boskone, etc., when a number of Odyssey graduates are attending, we try to organize some sort of activity: a group dinner, a workshopping session, or whatever. If you're planning to go to a con, post it to your class group or let Jeanne Cavelos know, and you can meet up with others who are going.

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