The Odyssey Writing Workshop has announced that its summer 2021 classes will be held online. The six-week course is normally held at Saint Anselm College in Manchester NH, though the 2020 session was also held online due to COVID concerns. Odyssey director Jeanne Cavelos said,
Odyssey brings together adult students of all ages from across the globe. Many may not have the opportunity to be vaccinated by summer. If one student tests positive, it’s likely that at least a third of the students—and possibly all the students—would need to be put into isolation for ten days. This would be extremely disruptive for the workshop. Each student would have to remain within a separate apartment, with three meals a day left at the door, attending the class online. Imagine if, two weeks later, another student tests positive and more students need to be put into isolation. Odyssey is an intensive, demanding program, and putting that additional stress on students would make it very difficult for them to get the most out of the experience.
The 2021 workshop will be held June 7 – July 16, 2021. Deadline for applications is April 1. For more information, see the Odyssey website.
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