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PLEASE NOTE: The Summer Workshop is only open to students who use The One Year Adventure Novel under a valid license. Your curriculum license number is required to register.
Event details are subject to change.


MidAmerica Nazarene University
The Bell Center
2030 East College Way
Olathe, Kansas 66062


Sessions are held in the beautiful Bell Center on the MNU campus. There is plenty of seating for students as well as siblings and parents!

The Center will be hosting the OYAN Workshop event exclusively all week.


Monday, June 22 – Saturday, June 27, 2015

Monday, June 22 - Check-in opens at 3:00 p.m.; settle into dorms. Casual dinner; details to follow. A short meeting at 7:00 p.m. to review the rules and the week ahead. At 8:30 p.m. there will be a brief session. Fun, visiting and games afterward, until curfew.
Tuesday, June 23 - 9:00 a.m. through evening session
Wed., June 24 - 9:00 a.m. through evening session
Thursday, June 25 - 9:00 a.m. through evening session
Friday, June 26 - 9:00 am through evening session
Saturday, June 27 - Continental breakfast from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Check out of dorms by 10:00 a.m. Leave the MNU campus by noon. Cry. Determine to name all of your kids after fellow OYANers.

See general daily schedule here »



Early Bird Pricing - through March 31, 2015
First student in family .................... $270
Additional students in same family ... $215

Pricing as of April 1, through May 31, 2015
First student in family .................... $295
Additional students in same family ... $240

Registering after May 31 will incur a $25 late fee.

(The price includes a workshop t-shirt.)

NOTE: The reason the cost of tickets has risen slightly is that MNU’s rates have changed; we also have additional, new speakers.

Parents and siblings (non-students under 13) attend FREE. Siblings are not allowed to attend student critique groups. Siblings 13 or older must register as students.

Please note: There is no upper age limit for workshop attendance. Many students begin attending OYAN workshops in high school and continue to attend while in college.

(If you are 30 years of age or older, please contact us before registering to attend.)


Meals Package

Includes breakfast, lunch and dinner Tuesday morning through Friday night, PLUS a "brown-bag" dinner on Monday night and a continental breakfast Saturday morning.

Per person (student or family member) ... $130

When you purchase a meal ticket, you will be given a selection of dietary choices, including nut-free, dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan.

If you prefer to bring your own meals, you are welcome to do so. However, as MNU charges for everyone in the cafeteria, you cannot bring your own food into the cafeteria. There are beautiful, spacious grounds, if you would like to picnic, or you may eat in the dorms. The lobby of the Bell Center is also open, but no food or drink is allowed in the auditorium.

Please also note:

  • Students under the age of 18 may not leave campus without their parent or legal guardian.

  • Students 18 and older do NOT constitute legal guardians.

  • Cooking is not allowed in the girls or guys dorms under any circumstances; there are no kitchens.

  • You must have special permission to cook in the family dorms. If you are staying in the family dorms and have severe dietary restrictions such that you can’t eat in the MNU cafeteria even with the dietary options they offer, please contact us.


Campus Lodging

(Gender-segregated, dorm-style housing)
• Monday evening through Saturday morning
• Single bed in shared room (boys dorm or girls dorm)... $155 each
• Family dorm room (entire room--2 beds--reserved).... $310*

If you wish to request a roommate, both parties must email info@oneyearnovel.com. We can't guarantee that we will be able to accommodate your request, but we will do our best!

Families may stay together as dorm space permits. (Special hotel rates for families listed below under "Accommodations.")

* PLEASE NOTE that "Family dorm room" means that you will be in a dorm that is NOT gender segregated. It does not mean that the dorm rooms are any larger than the boys' and girls' dorms.

Students must be accompanied by a parent or other family member 20 years of age or older to purchase a family dorm room.

Family dorm room includes two twin-size beds. You may sleep an additional (3rd) immediate family member in the room for only $35 but you will need to bring them a sleeping pallet and linens (see separate ticket on Eventbrite.com.) Children under 5 are free, but you will need to bring a pallet and bedding for them.

No pets or animals allowed in the dorms. We're sorry for any inconvenience, but we need to honor MNU's regulations. Thanks for your understanding.


Airport Shuttle Service

The airport shuttle provides pick-up service from Kansas City international airport (KCI; but the flight code is MCI) to the workshop on Monday, June 22, and return service to KCI from Olathe on Saturday, June 27. Shuttle service may be handled by a reputable third party.

To take advantage of this service, you must mail, fax, or email the Airport Shuttle Form and provide specific flight information by May 31, 2015. (View mailing address »)

  • The cost is $49/person, in advance, and includes pick-up from and return to KCI.

  • On Monday, June 22, the shuttle service will run between noon and 5:00pm.

  • On Saturday, June 27, the last shuttle will leave MNU before noon.

  • Please schedule your flights with these shuttle service times in mind.

  • We will try to coordinate pick-up and return times with your schedule, but you may encounter some wait time at the airport.

  • This shuttle service is NOT AVAILABLE to and from other locations in the Kansas City area.

If you have any questions about flight scheduling, please contact us prior to purchasing your flight tickets.

Please note that the shuttle is something we coordinate as a service to you. We do not make money off of the shuttle service. Usually what we collect from attendees for this does not fully cover what we are charged for it.

Families may prefer to rent a car for their stay.


Here is a general overview of the daily schedule:

8:00–8:45 a.m.: Breakfast
9:00 a.m.–noon: 2 sessions with a short intermission (Main sessions in auditorium; advanced sessions in separate meeting hall)
12:00–1:20 p.m.: Lunch
1:30–4:30 p.m.: Student critique groups
1:30–2:30 p.m.: Optional parent sessions
(After Tuesday's parent session there will be a Meet-and-Greet organized by some of the veteran OYAN parents at 2:30.)
4:30–6:00 p.m.: Free time
6:00–6:45 p.m.: Dinner
7:00–9:30 p.m.: 2 sessions with intermission
9:30–midnight: Free time. We will have access to the campus gym and adjacent Student Lounge.
Midnight: Curfew - Check in with your dorm parent and remain in your dorm building.

We will again be offering separate, advanced tracks for older OYANers (ages 18+) daily. These will be in the morning, concurrent with the main sessions in the auditorium.

This allows us to continue offering foundational training for new members while providing fresh and more advanced training for the veteran students. Everyone will attend the same evening sessions.


PLEASE NOTE: The Speakers list is tentative, and subject to change. It will be updated in February to more accurately reflect our expectations for the 2015 workshop. Thank you!

Jill Williamson, author
Jeff Gerke, founder of Enclave Publishing
Professor Mark Wilson
Literary Agent Amanda Luedeke from the Chip MacGregor Agency
Daniel Schwabauer, creator of The One Year Adventure Novel

Torry Martin
Torry Martin is an award-winning actor, screenwriter, comedian and author. In addition to penning humor columns for national print and online publications, Torry is the author of several comedy sketchbooks published by Lillenas Drama Publishers. Martin’s unique sense of humor caught the attention of the producers of the popular children’s radio series, Adventures in Odyssey, who enlisted him to lend his writing skills to the show.

Torry Martin has been profiled in a host of national and regional print and online publications including Today’s Christian, Light and Life, At Home Tennessee and Christian-Movie.com. Martin is an in-demand speaker, performer and instructor at writing and filmmaking conferences across the U.S.

Tosca Lee
"One of the most gifted novelists writing today."
--Steven James, best-selling author

Tosca Lee is the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of Iscariot, Demon: A Memoir, Havah: The Story of Eve, The Legend of Sheba and the Books of Mortals series with New York Times bestseller Ted Dekker (Forbidden, Mortal and Sovereign).

Tosca received her B.A. in English and International Relations from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, with studies at Oxford University. She is a lifelong world adventure traveler and makes her home in the Midwest. To learn more about Tosca, visit toscalee.com.

Jill Williamson
Jill Williamson is a chocolate-loving, daydreaming creator of kingdoms and the award-winning author of several speculative fiction novels including By Darkness Hid, Replication, The New Recruit, and Captives. She got into writing one day when someone was complaining about teen books and she thought, “I could do that! How hard could it be?” Very, she soon learned. But she worked hard, and four years later, her first book, By Darkness Hid, was published and won several awards.

Jill is a Whovian, a Photoshop addict, and a recovering fashion design assistant, who was raised in Alaska. She loves teaching about writing, which she does weekly at GoTeenWriters.com. She lives in Oregon with her husband, two children, and a whole lot of deer. Learn more about Jill and her books on her website: jillwilliamson.com.

Jeff Gerke

Jeff Gerke is a Christian novelist and freelance editor. He is the author of five fiction craftsmanship books published by Writers Digest (The Irresistible Novel, Plot Versus Character, The First 50 Pages, Write Your Novel in a Month, and The Art & Craft of Writing Christian Fiction) and six Christian thriller novels (originally under the pen name Jefferson Scott). He is the founder and former publisher of Marcher Lord Press – now Enclave Publishing – a small publishing house that produced Christian science fiction and fantasy novels from 2008 to 2013. He is a husband of 25 years and the father of three children. Jeff is also a graphic designer and digital painter. You can see what Jeff is up to at jeffgerke.com

Mark Wilson (To be confirmed.)
Mark is an English professor at Southwestern Oregon Community College. Mark has been a speaker at previous OYAN workshops and is a favorite of many students and parents. He holds a Master's degree in English from Washington State University and has taught college literature and writing courses for the thirty years. He has studied J.R.R. Tolkien's works in-depth and loves sharing his insights with students.

Tineke Bryson
Tineke Bryson (Honors in Writing, Houghton College) lives in the very center of a pretty complicated Venn diagram, right where fiction and nonfiction, creating and editing, and American, European, and West African culture meet. Tineke grew up abroad, and before joining The One Year Adventure Novel, she worked as an editor. She and her husband, Matthias, live in Kansas.

Stephanie Morrill
Stephanie Morrill lives in Overland Park, Kansas, with her husband and two kids. She is the author of The Reinvention of Skylar Hoyt series, Go Teen Writers: How to Turn Your First Draft Into a Published Book, and the Ellie Sweet series. She enjoys encouraging and teaching teen writers on her blog, www.GoTeenWriters.com. To connect with Stephanie and read samples of her books, check out www.StephanieMorrill.com.

Amanda Luedeke
Amanda is a literary agent at the Chip MacGregor Agency. She is a graduate of the acclaimed Professional Writing program at Taylor University. Amanda brings unique interests to the MacGregor Literary team. She represents general market and CBA projects. Some of her areas of interest include nonfiction, literary fiction, paranormal and speculative fiction (including steampunk and fantasy), YA, and middle grade fiction. Her recent book The Extroverted Writer is a wonderfully straightforward handbook on creating a platform as an author through strategic use of social media.

Amanda loves big cities, great music, snuggly dogs, and taking online quizzes. Though she considers the Chicagoland area to be home, she currently lives in Fort Wayne, Indiana, with her husband and Great Dane. She blogs every Thursday at ChipMacGregor.com.

Daniel Schwabauer
"Mr. S." is the creator of The One Year Adventure Novel creative writing curriculum and the author of Runt the Brave and Runt the Hunted. Mr. Schwabauer is a compelling speaker and loves to share his passion for Story.

He was once asked if he would like to be the next C.S. Lewis. He replied, "I'd rather train a thousand C.S. Lewises."

Mrs. S.
Mrs. S. will not be speaking formally. Mr. S. could not afford her speaking fee, and she has not written anything. She does, however, have a sincere love for the OYAN students and is excited about seeing them equipped to impact their generation. Therefore, we may let her have the microphone a couple of times, but only in measured doses. You know the drill.

Quick links:

---Waiver form

---Airport shuttle form

--- Scholarship app.



How do I register?

STEP 1: Purchase your Workshop registration.

  • Early pricing is available through March 31st; ticket sales (regular pricing) close May 31st.

  • If you apply to be a Student Helper and are accepted, but you have already purchased a Dorm spot ticket, we will refund the cost of the Dorm ticket.

  • Other tickets (meal plan, accommodations, etc.,) don’t have to be purchased today—the Eventbrite page can be accessed at your convenience to purchase remaining tickets. However, ticket sales close on May 31st.

  • Please be aware that even with the extra space open to us this year, the dorm rooms will go quickly, and they could sell out.

  • Please note that it is not necessary to bring printed ticket confirmations to check in on June 22.

STEP 2: Submit the Waiver and Emergency Form.

You will receive an email confirmation for each ticket you purchase on Eventbrite.com.

  • It is extremely important that you complete the Waiver and Emergency Information Form. Students will not be permitted to attend until we receive their signed waiver and emergency form. We must receive this form by May 31, 2015.

  • If you are under 18 years old, you need to have your parent or guardian sign the waiver; if you are 18 or older, you must sign it yourself for legal purposes. If the student is over 18 but still lives at home, we also require the parent or guardian's signature as confirmation that they have read the document.

STEP 3: Send Airport Shuttle Form (optional)

If you are flying, and will need transportation from and/or back to the airport from MNU, please purchase a shuttle ticket on Eventbrite.com, and send us the Airport Shuttle Form.

You can return to the Summer Workshop Eventbrite event page any time through May 31st to purchase any other tickets you still need.

* Download/Print Waiver and Emergency Information Form »

* Download/Print Airport Shuttle Form »


  • Mail both to:

    Clear Water Press
    Attn: Summer Workshop
    PO Box 62
    Olathe, KS 66051


  • Sign and fax to:



  • Sign, scan, and email to:



What should I bring?

Please bring 9 copies each of 4 different excerpts from your novel for critiquing. The excerpts should be 4 pages long and must be formatted as described in your textbook, The Compass (double-spaced, 12 point Courier or Courier New, one-inch margins on all sides, name and number in header, etc.) The excerpts should be collated and stapled, and should be identical. The 4 excerpts you bring must be:

1. The first four pages of your novel

2. Four pages from your "Embracing Destiny" chapter

3. Four pages from your "Black Moment" chapter

4. Four pages from your "Showdown" chapter.

5. A notebook and pen for note-taking.

No need to bring money for a t-shirt. This year workshop shirts are included in the price of your ticket.

Video taping of any part of the Workshop is strictly prohibited. This includes cell phone and pocket-camera videos. Please respect this policy. Cameras/photos are welcome.

Parents and Siblings?

Parents and siblings may attend the workshop free with one paid Student registration. The Bell Center has plenty of comfortable seating for all. We request that non-students sit in the back.

If attending parents/siblings would like to eat meals with us, you are very welcome to do so by taking advantage of the special meal package offered by the University. Meals provided by the college must be ordered in advance.

Alternatively, you may bring a sack lunch (can't be eaten in the cafeteria) or grab something at a local restaurant.

Sessions for Parents
We offer hour-long sessions for parents in the afternoons addressing relevent topics related to helping your young writer. Parents will also have the opportunity to ask Mr. Schwabauer questions. Attendance is completely optional.

Supervision of Students

There will be adults at all official events.

NOTE: While there will be adults present at events, we CANNOT personally "parent" every child. Students are expected to stay with the group at all times during the Workshops, and scheduled events. (Unless, of course, they are with their parents/guardian.) If you send your student you are saying that you trust them to follow the stated guidelines, and to act responsibly and appropriately.

Any violation of guidelines reguarding conduct may result in the student losing workshop privileges and being sent home early at the parent's expense. The safety and respect of all attendees is top-priority.

NOTE: Younger siblings of registered students (under 13 yrs) may not be dropped off at events, but must be accompanied by an adult who is specifically responsible for the child(ren).

If you have any questions please email us at info@oneyearnovel.com.


On-Campus Housing
Families have the option of staying in on-campus facilities. (Including Monday night, the 22nd.) See "Costs" section above to learn more.


Hotels - These hotels are not far from MNU. (There are other hotels in Olathe.)

Accommodations are your choice, however, our first Winter Workshop was held at the LaQuinta Inn on 151st Street, and we were very pleased with their cheerful service to us. Additionally, the La Quinta Inn & Suites has offered OYAN Workshop attendees special room rates. Be sure to mention that you are attending "The Writer's Workshop at MNU" to get your special rate. (If the person you're speaking with doesn't know about the rate, you may then ask for "Jill.")

La Quinta Inn & Suites
20570 W 151st Street
Olathe, Kansas 66061

Holiday Inn - Olathe
101 W 151st Street
Olathe, Kansas 66061


If you are a Student Helper, please arrive at 2:00 p.m. so you can check in before general check-in opens, and attend a 2:30 p.m. meeting to go over your responsibilities.

In order to apply, you must

* Be 18 or older

* Have attended at least one Summer Workshop

* Stay on-site in the boys' dorm or girls' dorm, NOT the family dorm

* Be able to arrive at MNU by 2:00 p.m. on Monday, and stay until 10:30 a.m. on Saturday.

* Have a working cell phone

This year's Student Helpers will receive free lodging.

Apply to be a Student Helper »


Student Helpers have the full Workshop experience, but are "on-call" to:

Help first-time Workshop attendees get oriented when they check in on Monday.

As a Student Helper, you will have attended at least one Workshop before—which means you know where things are on campus.

Help people carry their luggage.

Direct them to their dorm room, and answer any other questions they may have.
If you don’t know the answers, you will at least know who to ask.

Help dorm parents check students in/out at curfew and after breakfast (before the 1st session)

This will be your most important task. If one of the dorm parents comes to you and asks for your help with anything, that is your job.

It may be as simple as walking with them on their nightly bed-check, or you may need to go get something from their car for them. Whatever it is, you will be responsible for helping them with a smile, and a good attitude.

Convey messages

Sometimes, staff and dorm parents will need a trusted messenger to relay important information and details. They may request your help.


Kansas City Attractions

Olathe is a suburb of Kansas City, and there is a lot to do in the Kansas City metro area.

The Country Club Plaza - KC

The Nelson-Adkins Art Museum

National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial

Union Station

Union Station | Kansas City Museum

Science City - for kids

Arabia Steamboat Museum

Negro Leagues Baseball Museum

Kansas City Jazz Museum: The Blue Room

Toy & Miniature Museum of KC

American Royal (rodeo, horse shows, etc.)

The John Wornall House Museum

The Oak Park Mall - at 95th St. & Quivira in Overland Park, KS


Mahaffie farmstead and stagecoach stop.

Heritage Park
Olathe Lake
Cedar Lake

If you're interested in researching things to do in the area simply Google "Kansas City attractions." An exhaustive list of places of interest—though we did attempt it—is beyond the scope of this web page. ;)

Special Thanks

Special thanks to MidAmerica Nazarene University for partnering with us to host our annual OYAN Summer Workshop.

WARNING: Prolonged exposure to Epic-Epicness during this special week may cause Workshop Withdrawal.

(If you prefer, you may mail a check to us at
our address on the Contact page.)


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