June 02, 2011
Story by Barbara LeBlanc
More than a dozen writers from the United States, Canada, Sweden and Australia will meet on the Saint Anselm College campus this summer to participate in the 16th annual Odyssey Fantasy Writing Workshop.
From June 6 to July 15, writers of science fiction, horror and fantasy fiction will hone their craft in workshops and one-on-one sessions. They will have the opportunity to present their work at a short story slam June 25 at the Barnes and Noble in Nashua from 2:30 to 4 p.m.
This year's writer-in-residence is Gary A. Braunbeck, award-winning author of 25 books and more than 200 short stories. Jeanne Cavelos, a best-selling science fiction author and award winning editor, is Odyssey's director and primary instructor. She also is a Saint Anselm English instructor.
The students form a diverse group, ranging in age from 24 to 57 and including a circus director/producer, an account manager for a biofuel company, a handywoman and an assistant farm manager. They have all made a six-week commitment to improving their writing, as they work to build careers as authors. More than half of Odyssey graduates go on to professional publication.
One of this summer's guest lecturers, Theodora Goss, is a graduate of Odyssey and is now a successful, award-winning writer.