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Pricing and registration details for the 2015 Summer Workshop will be posted by end of January 2015. Thank you for your patience!

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 (except the dates) 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 3:00pm; settle into dorms. Optional casual meal; details to follow. A short meeting at 7:00pm to review the rules and the week ahead. Fun, visiting and games afterward, until curfew.
Tuesday, June 23 - 9:00am through evening session
Wed., June 24 - 9:00am through evening session
Thursday, June 25 - 9:00am through evening session
Friday, June 26 - 9:00am through evening session
Saturday, June 27 - Check out by noon. Cry. Determine to name all of your kids after fellow OYANers.

See general daily schedule here »



Early Bird Pricing - through March 31, 2014
First student in family .................... $ 250
Additional students in same family .. $ 195

Pricing as of April 1, through May 31, 2014
First student in family .................... $ 275
Additional students in same family .. $ 225

Registering after May 31 will incur a $25 late fee

(The price includes a workshop t-shirt.)

Parents and siblings (non-students) attend FREE.


Meals Package

Includes breakfast, lunch and dinner Tuesday morning through Friday night!
Per person (student or family member) ... $ 115

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:

  • There is no kitchen facility available on the premises, and no cooking is allowed in the dorms.

  • 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.


Campus Lodging

(Gender-segregated, dorm-style housing)
• Monday evening through Saturday morning
• Single bed in shared room (boys dorm or girls dorm)... $ 140 each
• Family dorm room (entire room--2 beds--reserved)... $ 280*

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

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

* 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.

Family dorm room includes two twin-size beds. You may sleep an additional (3rd) immediate family member in the room for only $27 but you will need to bring them a sleeping pallet and linens (see separate ticket on 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 23, and return service to KCI from Olathe on Saturday, June 28. Shuttle service may be handled by a reputable third party.

To take advantage of this service, you must mail the Airport Shuttle Form and provide specific flight information by May 31, 2014. (View mailing address »)

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

  • On Monday, June 23, the shuttle service will run between noon and 4:30pm.

  • On Saturday, June 28, the last shuttle will leave MNU at 11:45am.

  • 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:

8:00–8:45am: Breakfast
9:00am–noon: 2 sessions with a short intermission (Main sessions in auditorium; advanced sessions in separate meeting hall)
12:00–1:20pm: Lunch
1:30–4:30pm: Student critique groups
1:30–2:30pm: 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.)
4:30–6:00pm: Free time
6:00–6:45pm: Dinner
7:00–9:30pm: 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.


PLEASE NOTE: The Speakers list is tentative, and subject to change. Thank you!

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

Jill Williamson
Jill is 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:

Jeff Gerke
Jeff has a special place in his heart for "weird" Christian fiction (Science Fiction, 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 has taught at our past two Summer Workshops and received rave reviews from attendees!

Mark Wilson
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.

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. 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
"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: -- Fill out the REGISTRATION form »

  • This year we’ve created a form that you can fill out and submit online instead of by mail.

  • Submitting this form doesn’t reserve your place in the Workshop or the dorms—to do that, you need to purchase your tickets on as outlined below in Step 2.

STEP 2: Purchase your Workshop registration.

  • When you finish Step 1, you will be redirected to Eventbrite to purchase your registration ticket.

  • Your Workshop registration is not complete until you purchase your registration ticket. Early pricing is available through March 31st; ticket sales (regular pricing) close May 31st.

  • If you applied to be a student helper, do not purchase your workshop registration ticket until you hear back from us regarding your application. We will reply with a decision before the early pricing deadline, so that if you need to purchase a ticket, you can still get the lower price.

  • Other tickets (meal plan, accommodations, etc.,) don’t have to be purchased today—when you complete the Submittable registration form, you receive a password to access the Eventbrite page, and you can go back there 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.

STEP 3: Mail Waiver and Emergency Form.

You will receive an email confirmation for each ticket you purchase on Follow the links provided to submit the Waiver and Emergency Information Form.

  • It is extremely important that you complete and mail the Waiver and Emergency Information Form.

  • If you are under 18 years old, you need to have your parents sign the waiver; if you are 18 or older, you must sign it yourself for legal purposes. We do still require your parent's signature, however, as confirmation that they have read the document.

  • Mail to:

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

STEP 4: 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, and mail 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. However, the only way to acquire the password necessary to access this page is to complete Step 1 (see above).

* Download/Print Waiver and Emergency Information Form »

* Download/Print Airport Shuttle 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.

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


On-Campus Housing
Families have the option of staying in on-campus facilities. (Including Monday night, the 17th) See "Costs" section above to learn more.


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

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

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


• Student Helpers
Vetted Student Helpers to assist Dorm Parents and attendees as-needed.

• Content
We will be offering separate, advanced tracks for older OYANers (18+) daily. These will be in the morning, concurrent with the main sessions in the auditorium, and means we will be adding eight additional teaching sessions to our workshop!

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.

• Guidelines Clarifications
Rules and guidelines are detailed in the event email you receive at the beginning of June, and will be reviewed in a short, required meeting Monday evening after supper.


(NOTE: ALL Helper positions have been filled.)

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

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) - applies to Student Helpers staying on campus.

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.

(NOTE: ALL Helper positions have been filled.)


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 and Reunion.

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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