Your Personal Odyssey Workshop

The Odyssey Writing Workshop has transitioned away from its old in-person, six-week workshop model, continuing the online approach that began in during the pandemic: Your Personal Odyssey Workshop.

Director Jeanne Cavelos explains,

Holding Odyssey online in 2020 and 2021 due to the pandemic revealed to me that a huge number of talented writers want an in-depth, challenging program to build their skills but can’t attend a six-week, in-person workshop. More than that, the last 27 years have taught me that a 6-week program is not the best format for all students. All writers do not write or learn at the same pace. While Odyssey students step up and make their deadlines, all-nighters don’t always produce work that best reflects the student’s progress. I’ve also learned the great value of one-on-one sessions, to generate learning goals and plans; discuss concepts and writing exercises; suggest resources and techniques; brainstorm solutions to story problems; address a student’s questions, problems, and needs; focus on a student’s unique writing strengths and weaknesses; and get to know each student so I can do my best to help them move ahead in their writing journey. Odyssey’s previous structure allowed me only about three hours of one-on-one time per student, which just wasn’t enough to do all that.

So the Odyssey Writing Workshop transformed into a breakthrough new experience: Your Personal Odyssey Writing Workshop.

The program includes lectures, assignments, and critiques. This is “a one-on-one experience. You will not be part of a class or cohort. You will not meet with other students. You’ll receive in-depth, one-on-one mentoring from me, and several one-on-one meetings with guest critiquers. You will be following the unique path that is most helpful for you, that teaches you the skills you need to improve the most.”

The online program offers a six-week session starting June 5, 2023; a 12-week program starting August 14, 2023; and an 18-week session beginning November 27, 2023. The deadline for applications is March 13, 2023.

For more information, including how to apply, see the Odyssey website.

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