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 ○    Sarah Gabbey
 ○    Frederick H. Gaige
 ○    Nancy Glover
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 ○    Luisa Prieto
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Odyssey '02 Graduates

  The Official '02 Class Picture

4th Row From left: Dan Herrington, Robert Cutchin, Frederick Gaige, Joe Berwanger, Dave Stier
3rd Row From left: Patricia Carvacho, Genya Freeman
2nd Row From left: Geoffrey Jacoby, Luisa Prieto, Michael Snell, Robert Pickering
1st Row From left: Jennifer Winston, Nancy Glover, Ashley Armstrong, Sarah Gabbey, Jeanne Cavelos

Memorable Quotes from the '02 Class

"Plague genre."
--John Clute

"You have to be reader friendly, but you don't have to be a reader slut."
--Charles de Lint

"James + Darius 4ever."
--the gang

"I found it strange that Darius had only two sins to confess for the last 'leven years, and they both involved James."
--Robert Cutchin

"I agree with the people who liked it and the people who didn't like it."
--Robert Pickering

"I like demons."
--Joe Berwanger

"Demons a la carte."
--Sarah Gabbey

On SPAWN: "The demons throw him from hell to earth, so it *can* happen."
--Joe Berwanger

"Oh, darn. My evil plot failed."
--Ashley Armstrong

"Haigh Fantasy."
--Ashley Armstrong

"I didn't like it, but it was powerful."
--Robert Cutchin

"I wanted to go hang myself this was so depressing."
--Robert Pickering

"Your writing is very strong. That is why it depressed me so deeply."
--Luisa Prieto

On lack of plausibility when "The evil overlord tells himself his evil plans because he's on drugs."
--Genya Freeman

"I only saw your setting when someone tripped over it."
--Ashley Armstrong

"You lost me when Satan showed up."
--Geoffrey Jacoby

"Destroy a city or something."
--Ashley Armstrong

"I was kind of amused by the holy smackdown."
--Luisa Prieto

"Here's my throbbing staff."
--R. A. Salvatore

"There's some gorgeous stuff here. You just have to do something with it and make it fantastic."
--Ashley Armstrong

"I hope you all get published, because I'd like to share the pain."
--R. A. Salvatore

"What's original is perspective and execution."
--R. A. Salvatore

"I didn't fully understand what they did with his brain and why he was so happy about it."
--Patty Carvacho

"I was desperate for an info dump."
--Dan Herrington

"He's just got to grow some balls and force them to walk the proverbial plank."
--Patty Carvacho

"You keep writing about my family."
--Patty Carvacho to Jennifer Winston

"I wanted to pick it up, go over to your townhouse, and beat you over the head with it."
--Genya Freeman

"My head exploded from excessive three-letter acronmyns on page 11."
--Robert Pickering

"I don't think I've ever been so confused by a first page."
--Genya Freeman

"There's always a conveniently placed catacomb of tunnels with a conveniently placed fan."
--Geoffrey Jacoby

"My spaceship had a problem."
--Genya Freeman

"You could be writing lucid prose and still confuse the crap out of us."
--Thomas F. Monteleone

"I don't believe the coat would hang out with him."
--Luisa Prieto

"Everything I know about vampires I learned from Buffy."
--Geoffrey Jacoby

"I wasn't sure what the lesbian snake symbolized."
--Robert Cutchin

"I was a teenage goth."
--Sarah Gabbey

"Middle-aged mutant ninja brainsucker."
--Robert Cutchin

"There was no criticism of anybody's shoes."
--Frederick Gaige

"Most of the time she's watching Don Juan's ass. She should have priorities."
--Patricia Carvacho

"I wanted more of Don Juan."
--Dan Harrington

"If I fell in love with Genya and got kicked out of a society because of that..."
--Luisa Prieto

Ashley Armstrong


brief biography

  Ashley Armstrong was born and raised in the South, and now lives in Nashville, Tennessee. She graduated from college just before attending Odyssey and plans to take off a year before Graduate School to work on her first novel, a "haigh" fantasy.

comments about Odyssey

"By the end of week one, I was trying to recruit my writer friends for next year. I can't let them miss this chance."

Joe Berwanger

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brief biography

  Joe Berwanger has been a business strategy, marketing, and public relations consultant for the past decade. In his spare time, when he doesn't sleep, he writes tales of dark fantasy and science fiction. He lives in New Hampshire with his wife and son.

comments about Odyssey

"Odyssey has been the most profound, helpful experience in my early fiction-writing career. Jeanne is a multi-talented pro who has the unique mix of talent, passion, and personality to help writers churn their best ideas into living and breathing stories."

Patricia Carvacho


brief biography

  Patricia Carvacho was born in Santiago, Chile in 1975, but has lived in Ontario, Canada since the age of one. She has written seriously for the past eleven years and is currently working on her fifth novel, Andar: Solar Storm. At present, Patty lives in Toronto and is about to complete her final year of journalism. Following graduation she hopes to find employment as a copy editor, either in book publishing or magazine journalism. Of course, she'll gladly abandon all that if she makes it big as an SF writer. (Cross your fingers.)

comments about Odyssey

"After coming to Odyssey, I have a much clearer understanding of what I need to work on to improve my writing, and where my strengths lie. It's been an invaluable opportunity to learn and make connections in the field--not to mention great friends. I feel privileged to have been a part of this great workshop."

Robert Cutchin


brief biography

  Robert Cutchin is 56 years old and retired. His work experience includes the military, construction, real estate, and restauranteur. He preferes to write SF, humor, and romance.

comments about Odyssey

"I volunteered to walk through hell, and its name was Odyssey. The trip was worth it. If you're serious about writing, Odyssey's the place for you. Lazy writers need not apply."

Genya Freeman


brief biography

  Genya Freeman just finished teaching High School English for three years in Arkansas and has returned to her home stage of Iowa, where she plans to *not* teach English so she can write more. Beyond that, she has no definite plans.

Sarah Gabbey


brief biography

  Sarah Gabbey is a Senior at Franklin Pierce College where she hopes to complete a major in Anthropology and a minor in Creative Writing. After graduation she intends to collect strange and interesting jobs. She's looking forward to a day when she doesn't have to move from school in New Hampshire to home in Connecticut, and back again every few months. She writes contemporary fantasy.

comments about Odyssey

"I learned more in six weeks at Odyssey than in a year of college creative writing classes."

Frederick H. Gaige


brief biography

  Frederick H. Gaige is a futurist who comes to science fiction as a way to dramatize his ideas about the future. He has always loved to write and has a number of nonfiction publications. Only after completing his thirty-three year career as a university faculty member and administrator in 2002 did he begin to write fiction. He is Dean and CEO Emeritus of Berks-Lehigh Valley College of Penn State University. He has a wife, two daughters, two sons-in-law, and a black cat named Killer. His home is in Reading, Pennsylvania.

comments about Odyssey

"Odyssey was an amazing experience for me. It was highly intense, and I learned that I could handle the intensity. I am amazed at how much was packed into six weeks. I am energized by the experience and have been able to plot out my future as a writer."

Nancy Glover


brief biography

  Nancy Glover is a graduate of Middlebury College with a double major in Art and English Literature and was a contributor to the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference. She has worked as an information specialist with the Department of Defense and as a newspaper reporter and photographer, in public relations and the medical field. She has spent the last several years writing a memoir of her childhood on Candlewood Lake in Connecticut. She has completed three poetry chapbooks, one of which was a finalist in the Concrete Wolf 2001 Poetry Chapbook Contest. She is active in local poetry groups and readings. Recently she began a prose work with a "Twilight Zone" atmosphere, and since being accepted to Odyssey has been attempting short stories. She lives in Bedford, New Hampshire.

comments about Odyssey

"I am acutely aware of what areas of my writing need improvement."

Dan Harrington


brief biography

  Dan Harrington is 24 years old. He graduated in may from the University of Southern Maine with a B.A. in History and Media Studies. He loves fantasy, collects "Masters of the Universe" animation cels, and has a not-so-secret crush on Xena: Warrior Princess.

comments about Odyssey

"Odyssey exceeded all my expectations. Jeanne is the best reason to apply to the program. Her critiques and lectures are incredibly insightful. I learned something new from her every day. Odyssey provides a challenging but supportive environment for new writers, and I couldn't be happier that I got to attend."

Geoffrey Jacoby


brief biography

  Geoffrey Jacoby has lived in Memphis, Tennessee for almost twenty years, since he was two. Though he loves both fantasy and science fiction, he writes mostly fantasy. His ambition is to give the world yet another door-stopping fantasy trilogy, if he could ever get around to writing it. He is a rising senior at Duke University, majoring in Computer Science. There he lives in the Arts Theme House, where he finds others just as strange as he is.

comments about Odyssey

"Truthful and helpful--the standard by which Jeanne critiques. Everything said here, whether in praise, in criticism, or in lecture, is said to make you a better writer. It's amazing watching your fellow students transform before your eyes. Almost as amazing as the realization that you've come just as far."

Robert Pickering


brief biography

  Robert Pickering intends to become Evil Overlord of All the Known Universe someday, but will settle for writing stuff people like to read. He writes fantasy and horror, but can't read the former anymore. While he was once a programmer, don't ask him about upgrading your BIOS; he bailed out of that a few years back and now feeds off scraps of algae on the underside of the movie industry.

comments about Odyssey

"The perfect combination of instruction, networking, insider information, and raw writing. No other experience in writing compares."

Luisa Prieto


brief biography

  Luisa Prieto is a reformed philosophy major. She writes dark fantasy and horror. Humor tends to creep into her work, so she's currently trying to balance it with the dark elements in her stories. When not hanging out at Starbucks (drinking a chai latte and writing), Luisa is finishing her general ed. at San Jose City College. She plans on transferring to San Jose State and finishing her novel. She lives in Campbell, California. Her cat, Darian, will hopefully forgive her for being gone for six weeks.

comments about Odyssey

"Coming to Odyssey was the best thing I could've done for my writing."

Michael Snell


brief biography

  Michael Snell lives in Denver, Colorado with his wife, Denise, and three birds. He writes horror/suspense/fantasy and is a member of the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers.

Dave Stier


brief biography

  Dave Stier lives in Santa Cruz, California, and works for CTB McGraw-Hill in Monterey as a freelance writer/editor. He graduated from UCSC in 1988 with a B.A. in Literature/Creative Writing. He was born in San Jose, spent three years in the U.S. Army, two years in Alaska during construction of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline, and some time in Nicaragua. He writes SF, but has dabbled in fantasy and horror.

comments about Odyssey

"If you want to learn about short story writing, Odyssey is the place to go. Six weeks of hard work, but worth every cent and lost hours of sleep."

Jennifer Winston


brief biography

  Jennifer Winston did not give us her biography, but we can let you in on a secret: she's the daughter of 1996 graduate and frequent TNEOer Susan Winston.

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