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Odyssey goes online

16/10/2009. Contributed by Jessica Martin

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The Odyssey Writing Workshop, a program for writers of fantasy, science fiction, and horror, is now offering writing classes online. Classes are designed for adult writers of fantasy, science fiction, and horror.

Odyssey Director Jeanne Cavelos told the Nest, "For fifteen years, Odyssey has pursued its mission to help developing writers of fantasy, science fiction, and horror improve their work by holding its annual six-week workshop. But we can only help sixteen writers each year at the workshop. If you're ready to hear about the weaknesses in your writing and ready to work to overcome them, you'd be welcome to apply to one of our online classes."

Odyssey's Online Classes offer live lectures and discussions using Web conferencing software. At class time, students call the class phone number and go to the appropriate Web site. The instructor is live on the other end of the phone, giving the lecture, and students' computer screens become the class blackboard, where the instructor displays various examples and notes. By clicking on the appropriate icon, a student can raise his hand, use the phone to ask a question, and listen to the questions of other students, who are all on the same conference call.

The first class, Showing versus Telling, will be taught by Odyssey Director Jeanne Cavelos. Sessions will be held for one hour each week for six weeks. Tuition is $295.

The application period for the first class, Showing versus Telling, runs from October 10th-December 10th, 2009. The class itself will be held from January 6th-February 10th, 2010.

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