“Writing comes more easily if you have something to say.”
Don't miss it! Seriously!
MidAmerica Nazarene University
The Bell Center
2030 East College Way
Olathe, Kansas 66062
Sessions are held in the beautiful Bell Center on campus. There is plenty of seating for students as well as siblings and parents! And the Center will be hosting the OYAN Workshop event exclusively all week.
Monday, June 17 - Arrive after 5:00pm for check-in and settling into dorms. Optional sub-sandwich dinner. Also an evening of visiting and games.
Tuesday, June 18 - all day, 9:00 am - ?
Wed., June 19 - all day, 9:00 am - ?
Thursday, June 20 - all day, 9:00 am - ?
Friday, June 21 - all day, 9:00 am - ?
Saturday, June 22 - Check out in the morning. Cry. Determine to name all of your kids after fellow OYANers.
See general daily schedule here >
Early Bird Pricing - Deadline: May 1, 2013
First student in family .................... $ 245
Additional students in same family .. $ 195
Pricing After May 1st
First student in family .................... $ 275
Additional students in same family .. $ 225
(The price this year includes a workshop t-shirt.)
• Parents and siblings (non-students) attend FREE.
Includes breakfast, lunch and dinner: Tuesday morning through Friday night!
Per person (student or family member) ... $ 95 each
(Gender segregated, dorm-style housing)
• Monday evening through Saturday morning
• Per person (student or family member) ... $ 115 ea.
• Families may stay together as dorm space permits.
-----(Special hotel rates for families listed below.)
Airport Shuttle Service
The airport shuttle provides pick-up service from Kansas City International airport (MCI) to the Workshop on Monday, June 17, and return service to KCI from Olathe on Saturday, June 22.
In order to take advantage of this service you must complete the Airport Shuttle Form and provide specific flight information to us by May 15, 2013. Additionally, your flights must arrive/depart within the time frame of 9:00 am and 7:00 pm central time.
(When making flight reservations, please note that KCI is short for Kansas City International, but "MCI" is the official flight code.)
If you have any questions about flight scheduling, please contact us prior to purchasing your flight tickets.
The cost for the shuttle is $45/person in advance, and includes pick-up from and return to KCI (MCI).
Shuttle service may be handled by a reputable third party. We will try to coordinate pick-up and return times with your schedule, but you may encounter some wait time at the airport.
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.
Airport Shuttle form
Families may prefer to rent a car for their stay.
Here is a general overview of the daily schedule:
9:00amnoon: 2 sessions with a short intermission
1:304:30pm: Student critique groups
1:302:30pm: 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.)
4:306:00pm: Free time
7:009:30pm: 2 sessions with intermission
9:30midnight: Free time. We will have access to the campus gym and adjacent Student Lounge.
Midnight: Curfew - Must be on your dorm floor.
Thursday night special feature: Student Open Mic Night
• Jill Williamson, author
• Jeff Gerke, editor of Marcher
• Professor Mark Wilson.
• Literary Agent Amanda Luedeke
--from the Chip MacGregor Agency.
• YA author Stephanie Morrill.
• Daniel Schwabauer, creator of The One Year Adventure Novel
Jill Williamson, a Christy Award winner, is a novelist, dreamer, and believer. She grew up in Alaska with no electricity and an outhouse. Jill has served alongside her youth pastor husband for the past twelve years and loves working with teenagers, especially to encourage young writers. Learn more on her website: jillwilliamson.com.
Jeff Gerke has been called the de facto gatekeeper of Christian speculative fiction. He has a special place in his heart for "weird" Christian fiction (SF, fantasy, supernatural thrillers, etc.) and maintains a thriving Web site dedicated to those genres: Where The Map Ends. Jeff has served as an editor for Multnomah Publishers, Strang Communications, and NavPress. While at Strang, Jeff launched Realms, an imprint of Christian speculative fiction. In October 2008 Jeff launched Marcher Lord Press, an indie publishing company specializing in Christian speculative fiction. Marcher Lord Press has won multiple Christy Awards and ACFW Carol Awards. Under the pen name Jefferson Scott, Jeff has authored six Christian novels and coauthored several nonfiction books. His fiction craft how-to books include The Art & Craft of Writing Christian Fiction and two by Writers Digest Books: Plot Versus Character and The First 50 Pages.
Jeff spoke at our 2012 Workshop and received rave reviews from attendees!
Mark Wilson is an English professor at Southwestern Oregon Community College. Mark was a featured speaker at last year's workshop and received rave reviews from attendees. He holds a Master's degree in English from Washington State University and has taught college literature and writing courses for the thirty years.
Stephanie Morrill is a twenty-something living in Overland Park, Kansas with her husband and two kids. Her only talents are reading, writing, and drinking coffee, so career options were somewhat limited. Fortunately, she discovered a passion for young adult novels and has been writing them ever since. Stephanie is the author of The Reinvention of Skylar Hoyt series and is currently working on other young adult projects. She enjoys encouraging and teaching teen writers and does so on her blog www.GoTeenWriters.com. To connect with Stephanie and read samples of her books, check out www.StephanieMorrillBooks.com.
Amanda Luedeke is a literary agent at the Chip MacGregor Agency. She is a graduate of the acclaimed Professional Writing program at Taylor University. Since college, she’s made her living as a writer, working as a freelancer for local newspapers and marketing companies, while operating her own writing business. 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.
Daniel Schwabauer 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 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. 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.
2) Send your signed waiver ASAP to:
OYAN Summer Workshop
PO Box 62
Olathe, KS 66051
* Download/Print Waiver Form
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.
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 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 comfotable 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 lunches or grab something at a local restaurant.
Sessions For Parents
We offer hour-long sessions for parents in the afternoons. We will address some 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 responsibily 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
Families have the option of staying in on-campus facilities. (Including Monday night, the 17th)
Hotels - These hotels are not far from MNU. (There are others in Olathe.)
Accomodations 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 M.N.U." to get your special rate. (If the person you're speaking with doesn't know about the rate, you may then ask for "Jill.") We will be posting the specific prices soon!
La Quinta Inn & Suites
20570 W 151st Street
Olathe, Kansas 66061
Holiday Inn - Olathe
101 West 151st Street
Olathe, Kansas 66061
Special thanks to MidAmerica Nazarene University for partnering with us to host our annual OYAN Summer Workshop and Reunion.
The DVD set from the
2012 Summer Workshop!
Did you experience the epiness? Now you can own video of ALL of the Workshop teaching sessions. (And some extra goodies to boot!)
Did you miss the Summer Workshop? The next best thing is owning the DVD set!
11-Disc DVD set is only $59
(What?! Two more disks than last year, but the same price? Yep.)
- ALL of the teaching sessions during the entire workshop.
- Additional content
A complete listing of the session topics and speakers will be listed shortly.
*PREVIOUS SUMMER WORKSHOPS DVD SETS MAY BE PURCHASED ON OUR BUY PAGE.
WARNING: Prolonged exposure to Epic-Epicness contained on DVDs may cause Workshop Withdrawal Relapse.
(If you prefer, you may mail a check to us at our address on the Contact page.)