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Your Odyssey Plan

Design your Odyssey Plan

Like any kind of artistic training, writerly development is a journey. It flows more smoothly if it begins at the port, with a compass, and a quick conversation with a trusted guide about sights and milestones to anticipate.

What’s an Odyssey Plan? 

As a creative writer, you’re on a journey. It’s an epic challenge, a quest only you can take. You’re seeking your own creative voice, because YOU are the only one who can tell the stories inside of you. No one else has the exact perspective, the exact experiences, or the exact imagination as you do. If you don’t write the story that’s rattling around inside your head, no one will. That amazing creation can only exist if you bring it to life.

Chances are there isn’t only one creation inside of you. In fact, you probably have a galaxy of creative landscape to explore and share with the world. An Odyssey Plan will help you map the journey between where you are right now to a deeper understanding of how to tell the stories that only you can tell.

You may choose to write a novel, or a series of short stories, or a collection of poetry, or any number of other projects. You’ll also choose a North Star, which will guide your journey. When your Odyssey is completed, you won’t only have one finished piece to share with the world. You’ll also have tapped into that powerful voice of yours, and then, anything is possible.

Sign up for an Odyssey Plan Consultation below or see our instructions for a self-serve plan.

Sign Up for an Odyssey Plan Consultation

STEP ONE:

YOU ARE HERE

You give us an overview. Fill out the questionnaire below about your youth writer. If your writer would like to take part, we’ll provide a creative challenge for them to complete as well. Odyssey Plan consultations are $30. Payment is collected at the end of the questionnaire

STEP TWO:

PLANNING A ROUTE

We review your materials and prepare a recommendation. You get to decide whether you’d like that proposal to include Inklings guidance or ideas for independent practice.

STEP THREE:

SET OFF!

You and your writer meet with us via video chat for a 25-minute collaborative chat. We firm up a plan that we can send you in written form after our conversation.

Self-Serve Design

If you prefer to map your course on your own, download a write-in Odyssey Plan here and follow the steps below.  

STEP ONE:

YOU ARE HERE

Complete this creative challenge and reflection activity that will help you identify where you are now, and where you might be headed.

STEP TWO:

MAP YOUR ROUTE

In this video, Naomi walks you step-by-step through the choices you’ll need to make to build your Odyssey Plan.

STEP THREE:

SET OFF!

You may have chosen to include some of our Young Inklings tools or resources on your Odyssey, many of which can be found at this link. If you need support locating a tool or program, we’re only an email away!