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Jeanne Cavelos, Director and Primary Instructor


    Jeanne Cavelos The creation of the Odyssey Writing Workshops Charitable Trust, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit 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 innovative horror and the Cutting Edge imprint of noir 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. Jeanne won the World Fantasy Award for her editing.

    Jeanne left New York to find a balance that would allow her to do her own writing and work in a more in-depth way with writers. 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 has had seven books published by major publishers. 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." 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 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."
    Since she loves working with developing writers, Jeanne created and serves as primary instructor at the Odyssey Writing Workshop, the only major workshop of its kind run by an editor. Jeanne designed the workshop to combine an advanced curriculum that allows writers to improve their craft with detailed, in-depth feedback on their work. In 2010, Jeanne launched Odyssey Online Classes to help writers all over the world improve their skills in specific, targeted areas. Jeanne oversees the courses offered and teaches one online course per year.

    She is also an English lecturer at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire, where she teaches writing and literature.

    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.

2014 Special Writers-in-Residence

  • Melanie Tem

    Melanie Tem Melanie Tem's work has received the Bram Stoker, International Horror Guild, British Fantasy, and World Fantasy Awards and a nomination for the Shirley Jackson Award. She has published numerous short stories, eleven solo novels, two collaborative novels with Nancy Holder, and two with her husband Steve Rasnic Tem. She is also a published poet, an oral storyteller, and a playwright. In Concert, a collaborative short story collection with Steve Rasnic Tem, was published in August 2010, and solo stories have recently appeared in Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine, Crimewave, and Interzone, and anthologies such as Supernatural Noir, The Devil's Coattails, and the Black Wings series. Her novels Yellow Wood and Proxy will be published by Chi-Zine Press in 2014 and 2015. Melanie is a social worker and a non-profit executive director. The Tems live in Denver. They have four children and four granddaughters.

  • Steve Rasnic Tem

    Steve Rasnic Tem Steve Rasnic Tem is the author of over 400 published short stories and is a past winner of the Bram Stoker, International Horror Guild, British Fantasy, and World Fantasy Awards. His short story collections include City Fishing (Silver Salamander), The Far Side of the Lake (Ash Tree), In Concert (with wife Melanie Tem), Ugly Behavior (noir fiction, New Pulp Press), Onion Songs (Chomu Press), Celestial Inventories (ChiZine), and Twember (science fiction stories, NewCon Press). His novels include Excavation, The Book of Days, Daughters (with Melanie Tem), The Man In The Ceiling (with Melanie Tem), Deadfall Hotel, and the forthcoming Blood Kin, southern gothic horror coming from Solaris Books in March.

    You may visit the Tem home on the web at www.m-s-tem.com.

    The Amazon Steve Rasnic Tem page can be found at: http://www.amazon.com/Steve-Rasnic-Tem/e/B001JRYPX6/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0.


2014 Scheduled Guest Lecturers

  • Catherynne M. Valente

    Catherynne M. Valente Catherynne M. Valente is the New York Times bestselling author of many works of fiction and poetry, including Palimpsest, the Orphan's Tales series, Deathless, and the crowdfunded phenomenon The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Own Making. She is the winner of the Andre Norton, Tiptree, Mythopoeic, Rhysling, Lambda, Locus and Hugo awards. She has been a finalist for the Nebula and World Fantasy Awards. She lives on an island off the coast of Maine with a small but growing menagerie of beasts, some of which are human.


  • Elizabeth Hand

    Elizabeth Hand Elizabeth Hand is the multi-award-winning author of numerous novels and four collections of short fiction, including Errantry: Strange Stories, Radiant Days, Generation Loss and Waking the Moon. She is also a longtime reviewer and critic for the Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Salon, and the Boston Review, among many others, and teaches creative writing at the Stonecoast MFA Program. She divides her time between the Maine coast and North London, and has recently completed two novels, Wylding Hall and the third Cass Neary thriller, Flash Burn.


  • Alexander Jablokov

    Alexander Jablokov Alexander Jablokov writes science fiction for readers who won't give up literate writing or vivid characters to get the thrills they demand. He is a natural transition for non-SF readers interested in taking a stroll with a dangerous AI or a neurosurgeon/jazz musician turned detective, while still giving hardcore SF fans speculative flash, incomprehensible aliens, and kitchen appliances with insect wing cases. From his well-regarded first novel, Carve the Sky, an interplanetary espionage novel set in a culturally complex 25th century, through the obscenely articulate dolphins with military modifications of a Deeper Sea, the hardboiled post-cyberpunk of Nimbus, the subterranean Martian repression of River of Dust, and the perverse space opera of Deepdrive, his last book was Brain Thief, a contemporary high-tech thriller with a class clown attitude. He has recently written a YA alternate universe adventure novel.

    His day job is as a marketing manager. He does his writing during the mornings, and on weekends. It took him several years to figure out how to get any writing done at all, particularly since he hates getting up early and hates working on weekends, but has somehow managed it.


  • Delia Sherman

    Delia Sherman Delia Sherman writes short stories and novels for adults and young readers. Several of her short stories have been nominated for the Nebula and World Fantasy Awards, and her most recent YA novel, The Freedom Maze, received the Andre Norton Award, the Mythopoeic Award, and the Prometheus Award. A collection of her short stories is coming out in 20014 from Small Beer Press.

    Delia has been a judge for the World Fantasy Award, the Crawford Award for Best First Fantasy Novel, and has served on the Motherboard of the James Tiptree Jr. Award. She is a founding member of the Interstitial Arts Foundation.

    As an editor of books and anthologies, Delia's continuing quest is to get more of the kind of fantasy she likes out to readers. She has been a contributing editor for Tor Books and has co-edited several anthologies, including Interfictions Online, for which she is Executive Editor, working with Christopher Barzak, Meghan McCarron, and Sofia Samatar. Delia has taught many writing workshops, including Clarion, the Hollins University Program in Children's Literature, and six previous Odysseys. She has also worked in a book store. She can write almost anywhere, but prefers cafes and comfy sofas near a source of tea. She lives in New York City with Ellen Kushner and many fine books, most of which at least one of them has read. Besides writing and reading other people's manuscripts, favorite occupations are travel, knitting, cooking, and having fun adventures, as long as they don't involve dragons of any kind.


  • Ellen Kushner

    Ellen Kushner Ellen Kushner began her career in publishing as a fiction editor in New York City, but left to write her first novel, Swordspoint: A Melodrama of Manners, the first of her cult classic "Riverside" series, hailed as the progenitor of the "Mannerpunk" (or "Fantasy of Manners") school of urban fantasy. The next in the series, The Privilege of the Sword, a genre-crossing, gender-bending novel, earned an eclectic range of honors, and won the Locus Award. The third in the series, The Fall of the Kings, co-written with Delia Sherman, "taps into fantasy's genuine source of drama, its ability to haunt, appall, transform" (Locus). Her second novel, Thomas the Rhymer (1991 World Fantasy Award and the Mythopoeic Award) stands alone as a work of mythic fiction with strong musical ties.

    For many years she was a radio host for WGBH-FM, and created Sound & Spirit, PRI's award-winning National Public Radio series. Her solo spoken word works include Esther: the Feast of Masks, and The Golden Dreydl: a Klezmer 'Nutcracker' for Chanukah (with Shirim Klezmer Orchestra).

    Her short fiction has appeared in various magazines and anthologies, most recently Jonathan Strahan's Fearsome Journeys and Datlow & Windling's Queen Victoria's Book of Spells. Recent projects include The Witches of Lublin, a musical audio drama written with Elizabeth Schwartz & Yale Strom (Gabriel, Gracie and Wilbur Awards), and the anthology Welcome to Bordertown (co-edited with Holly Black), a revival of Terri Windling's now-classic shared world urban fantasy series.

    In 2012, Ellen Kushner entered the world of audiobooks, as narrator as well as co-producer of all three of her own "Riverside" novels for Neil Gaiman Presents, working with SueMedia Productions—and winning a 2013 Audie Award for Swordspoint.

    She has taught writing at Clarion Workshop, Odyssey, and is an instructor at the Hollins University Graduate Program in Children's Literature, where she was also the 2011 Writer-in-Residence.

    Ellen Kushner is a co-founder of the Interstitial Arts Foundation, an organization supporting work that falls between genre categories. She lives in New York City with author and educator Delia Sherman, a lot of books, airplane and theater ticket stubs, and no cats whatsoever.


  • Gordon Van Gelder

    Gordon Van Gelder Gordon Van Gelder published his first story in 100 Great Fantasy Short-Short Stories in 1984, but the majority of his career has been spent as an editor. After a brief internship at Bluejay Books in 1986, he began working at St. Martin's Press in July 1988. He worked there until October 2000, during which time he edited a wide variety of books, both fiction and nonfiction. Among the authors he edited are Jack Cady, Bradley Denton, K. W. Jeter, Marc Laidlaw, Brent Monahan, Judith Moffett, Rachel Pollack, William Browning Spencer, and Kate Wilhelm.

    In 1997, he succeeded Kristine Kathryn Rusch as editor of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction. In 2000, he bought the magazine from Edward L. Ferman and Audrey Ferman and became the magazine's publisher while remaining its editor. In 2009, he changed the magazine to a bimonthly schedule.

    As an anthologist, he coedited with Ferman The Best from Fantasy & Science Fiction: The 50th Anniversary Anthology and edited several other anthologies reprinting stories from F&SF: One Lamp (2003), In Lands That Never Were (2004), Fourth Planet from the Sun (2005), and The Very Best of Fantasy & Science Fiction: 60th Anniversary Anthology (2009). In 2011, he edited an anthology of all-original stories, Welcome to the Greenhouse: New Science Fiction on Climate Change, and in 2013, he edited an ebook anthology entitled Lonely Souls.

    He won the World Fantasy Award (Special Award--Professional) in 2000 and in 2003. In 2007 and again in 2008 he won the Hugo Award for Best Editor--Short Form. He has taught at various writing workshops. He lives in New Jersey.


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