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How did we do?

Thank you so much for attending the 2022 Summer Workshop! We enjoyed seeing each of you in person this year, and we’d appreciate hearing your feedback about the workshop.

Check Out Instructions
Saturday, 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Dorm Check Out & Room Keys

  1. Take all linens and towels to the lobby area of your dorm. Deposit them in the designated area.
  2. Make sure all trash is out of your room and gathered in the hallway / common area. We have provided a trash sack for each room.
  3. Check all closets and drawers, and removed all belongings from the room.
  4. Find one of the Student Helpers to “OK” your room.
  5. Return your swipe card and room key to the college reps in the Bell Center lobby by 9:00 a.m.

Meal Cards

Breakfast is 7:30-8:30 a.m. in the dining commons for those with a meal plan. After you finish eating, please return your meal card to one of the college reps in the Bell Center lobby by 9:00 a.m.

 

HAND YOUR ROOM KEY & SWIPE CARD TO AN AUTHORIZED PERSON.

Please DO NOT just place them on the table. Watch them check off your name. MNU will charge you $50 if these are not returned!

Help Desk/Bookstore Hours
Tuesday – Friday
8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

If you need anything, please find an OYAN staff member (Kelly, Laura, Rachel, or Emily), a Student Helper (identified with a bandana), or visit the help desk.


Bat Phone

To be used in an emergency.
7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. | Kelly Howard (913-972-3440)
4:00 p.m. – 7:30 a.m. | Laura Mann (901-453-2872)

Welcome to a Week of Fun

Check-in on Monday will be in the Bell Center and some Critique Groups will be in Mabee Library. All other activities and speaking sessions will be in Cunningham. We’ve provided a PDF of the floor plan of Cunningham below.

Helpful Tips

Know where you’re going . . .

  • All main sessions, Mrs. S. is herself and Student Speakers, will be in the Tollefson Conference Room.
  • Breakout sessions (students only) will be on the second floor in the Brown ASG room. Seating is limited, so please sign up at the Help Desk. 
  • All Parent activities (Meet & Greet, Parent Sessions, and the Parent Critique Group) will be in the Tollefson Conference Room.
  • Mentor Appointments will be in the Hospitality Lounge on the second floor in Cunningham. Check the Mentor Appointments section for your mentor and appointment.
  • Critique Groups will be in Mabee library and throughout the Cunningham Center. Check the Critique Groups section for your group and location.
  • Open Mic Night will be in Height Student Lounge Thursday night.
  • Optional Bible Study with staff member, Kelly Howard, will be in the Austin Presentation Room before breakfast Tuesday through Friday.

Meals in the Wylie Dining Commons (cafeteria)

Breakfast | 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Food service closes at 8:15 a.m.

Lunch | 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Food service closes at 1:00 p.m.

Dinner | 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Food service closes at 6:15 p.m.

Workshop Schedule

Monday

2:30 – 3:00 p.m. | Student Helper Meeting – Bell Center Gilmore Room
3:00 – 5:00 p.m. | Check-In – 
Bell Center Foyer
    If you are social distancing, feel free to check in at the door with a Student Helper (identified with a stylish bandana).
5:00 – 5:30 p.m. | Dorm Parent Meeting Bell Center Gilmore Room
5:30 – 6:30 p.m. | Dinner

7:00 – 7:50 p.m. | Mr. S. – “A Novel Mystery”
8:00 – 11:30 p.m. | Free time 

Tuesday

7:00 – 7:30 a.m. | Bible Study (optional) – Austin Presentation Room
7:30 – 8:30 a.m. | Breakfast
9:00 – 9:40 a.m. | Welcome & Mrs. S. is herself -Tollefson
9:40 – 9:50 a.m. | Student Speaker: Lilly McSweeney
9:50 – 10:40 a.m. | Mr. S. – “Great Prose”
10:50 – 11:40 a.m. | Stephanie Morrill – “Smallish, Dailyish”
11:40 a.m. – 11:50 a.m. | Mr. S. – Prepare to be Critiqued!
Noon – 1:00 p.m. | Lunch
1:30 – 2:30 p.m. | Parent Meet & Greet
1:30 – 4:00 p.m. | Critique Groups
1:50 – 3:50 p.m. | Mentor Appointments
5:30 – 6:30 p.m. | Dinner
7:00 – 7:50 p.m. | Jenn Bailey – “Envision Your Revision”
8:00 – 9:00 p.m. | Steve Laube – “Fabric of the Cosmos”
9:00 – 11:30 p.m. | Free Time

Wednesday

7:00 – 7:30 a.m. | Bible Study (optional)
7:30 – 8:30 a.m. | Breakfast
8:45 – 9:00 a.m. | Group Picture!
9:00 – 9:30 a.m. | Mrs. S. is herself
9:50 – 10:40 a.m. | Jill Williamson – “Weaving in Time”
10:50 – 11:40 a.m.
    – Main Session | Steve Laube – “Creation of Time”
    – Breakout Session | Emily Steadman (Harpley) – “Beyond the Novel”

Noon – 1:00 p.m. | Lunch
1:30 – 2:30 p.m. | Parent Session with Mr. S. – “Culture & Values”
1:30 – 4:00 p.m. | Critique Groups
1:50 – 3:50 p.m. | Mentor Appointments

2:30 – 4:00 p.m. | Parent Critique Group
5:30 – 6:30 p.m. | Dinner

     – Speakers’ Dinner with Mr. & Mrs. S.
7:00 – 9:00 p.m. | Stephanie & Jill – “How to Edit Your Novel
9:00 – 11:30 p.m. | Free Time

Thursday

7:00 – 7:30 a.m. | Bible Study (optional)
7:30 – 8:30 a.m. | Breakfast
9:00 – 9:30 a.m. | Mrs. S. is herself
9:30 – 9:40 a.m. | Student Speaker: Rachel Evans 
9:50 – 10:40 a.m. | Steve Laube
– “Do I Need an Agent?”
10:50 – 11:40 a.m.
    – Main Session | Mr. S. – “Painting Puzzles”
    – Breakout Session | Stephanie Morrill – “Clear Seeing, Clear Writing”

Noon – 1:00 p.m. | Lunch
1:30 – 2:30 p.m. | Parent Session with Stephanie & Jill – “Journey & Survival of a Writer”
1:30 – 4:00 p.m. | Critique Groups
1:50 – 3:50 p.m. | Mentor Appointments

2:30 – 4:00 p.m. | Parent Critique Group
5:30 – 6:30 p.m. | Dinner

7:00 – 7:50 p.m. | John Otte – “Conflict in Story
8:00 – 9:00 p.m. | Open Mic Night – Student Lounge
9:00 – 9:30 p.m. | Student Activity with John Otte – “Liebrary”
9:30 – 11:30 p.m. | Free Time

Friday

7:00 – 7:30 a.m. | Bible Study (optional)
7:30 – 8:30 a.m. | Breakfast
9:00 – 9:30 a.m. | Mrs. S. is herself
9:30 – 9:40 a.m. | Student Speaker: Jessica Crespino 
9:50 – 10:40 a.m. | John Otte
– “Villians & Antagonists”

10:50 – 11:40 a.m.
    – Main Session | Jill Williamson – “Writing Fight Scenes & Epic Battles”
    – Breakout Session | Rachel Garner (Nairam) – “Wrestling with Suffering”

Noon – 1:00 p.m. | Lunch
1:30 – 2:30 p.m. | Parent Session with John Otte – “Q&A” 
1:30 – 4:00 p.m. | Critique Groups
1:50 – 3:50 p.m. | Mentor Appointments

2:30 – 4:00 p.m. | Parent Critique Group
5:30 – 6:30 p.m. | Dinner

7:00 – 7:30 p.m. | Final Announcements – Tollefson
7:30 – 8:30 p.m. | Mr. S. – “Dark Worlds”
8:30 – 9:00 p.m. | Book Signings – Student Lounge
9:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. | Free Time

Saturday

7:00 – 9:00 a.m. | Check Out– Bell Center Lobby
7:30 – 8:30 a.m. | Breakfast – 
Wylie Dining Commons

12:00 p.m. | Until We Meet Again
OYAN must vacate campus, but we hope to see you next summer!

Departure Shuttles
2:03 a.m. | Shuttle 1

    Terminal B: Jessica Johnson, Joshua Johnson, & Karli Johnson

3:48 a.m. | Shuttle 2
    Terminal C: Holly Stratford, Alyssa Seel, & David Seel

5:48 a.m. | Shuttle 3
    Terminal B: Amanda Robarge, Susan Robarge, Faith McDougall

9:12 a.m. | Shuttle 4
    Terminal B: Hannah Green, Cheryl Green, Sandra Knowles
    Terminal C: Audrey Gregory

10:45 a.m. | Final Shuttle (Bus)
    Terminal B: Carrol Robb, David Robb, Christiana Yee, Christopher Yee, Gloriana Yee, Nathaniel Yee, Isabelle Smith, Sondra Tweed, Kelsey Myers, Michael Steadman, Miguel Ortiz, Nicole DeBenon
    Terminal C: Anna Cosgrove, Bethany Strange, Emily Gwaltney, Hope Strayer, Margarita Litvachuk, Nathaniel Palser, Paige Workman, Tracy Workman, Rachael Payne, Rayna Magee

The workshop schedule will be posted on digital monitors throughout the Cunningham Center and we will have printouts available as well.

Speaking Sessions

Monday

– Opening Session –

7:00 – 7:50 p.m. | Mr. S. – “A Novel Mystery”
Mr. S. sets the tone for our week together by unpacking this year’s theme!

Tuesday

– Main Sessions –

9:50 – 10:40 a.m. | Mr. S. – “Great Prose”
The key to writing great prose is applying narrative techniques that appeal to the human imagination.

10:50 – 11:40 a.m. | Stephanie Morrill – “Smallish, Dailyish”
When we think about our future as writers, we tend to focus on big events that will bring change—being done with school, having our own computer, etc.—yet downplay the role of our choices today. In this class, Stephanie will talk about small choices you can make today to help you achieve your writing goals.

7:00 – 7:50 p.m. | Jenn Bailey – “Envision Your Revision”
Tips, tools, and techniques for wrangling your WIP and strengthening your story.

8:00 – 9:00 p.m. | Steve Laube – “Fabric of the Cosmos”

Wednesday

– Main Sessions –

9:50 – 10:40 a.m. | Jill Williamson – “Weaving in Time”
Do you need to know your theme in advance? What if you don’t have one? Simply put, theme is what your story says about life and the human condition. We’ll consider the different ways theme can be used in a novel. It can be obvious or subtle, leave readers with a question or some kind of feeling, reveal a universal truth, or inspire readers to a higher level of humanity. And if you don’t have a them, we’ll discuss how you can dig it out.

10:50 – 11:40 a.m. | Steve Laube – “Creation of Time”

7:00 – 9:00 p.m. | Stephanie Morrill & Jill Williamson – “How to Edit Your Novel”
Finished your novel? Need to edit or do a major rewrite and don’t know where to start? In this class, you will learn how to tackle two types of edits. We’ll start by discussing the macro edit, which looks at overall story, plot, character development, setting, and theme. We’ll show you how to fill in plot holes, how to add scenes, and how to strengthen your plot, characters, and stakes. Then we’ll move on to the micro edit, which focuses on the details of your story. We’ll also discuss story bibles, how to keep track of information, and tips for seeking out weasel words.

– Breakout Session –

10:50 – 11:40 a.m. | Emily Steadman (Harpley) – “Beyond the Novel”
How can studying other mediums of storytelling—like advertisements—make you a better novelist? Why should you care about what kind of shots a cinematographer uses? And what secret weapon do you possess that will give you a leg up in developing skills across all sorts of fields? Find out the answers by giving Harpley $10,000. I mean—uh, just come to her talk. No money required. Definitely not.

– Parent Session –

1:30 – 2:30 p.m. | Mr. S. – “Culture & Values
What does a changing culture mean for our teens and young adults?

Thursday

– Main Sessions –

9:50 – 10:40 a.m. | Steve Laube – “Do I Need an Agent?”

10:50 – 11:40 a.m. | Mr. S. – “Painting Puzzles”
Showing, telling, and the strange connection between mystery stories, great prose, and the insight of Charles Sanders Pierce, the “American Aristotle” who taught us that we think abductively. 

7:00 – 7:50 p.m. | John Otte – “Conflict in Story”
You can have a rich storyworld, characters that leap off the page, and epic themes, but if your story lacks conflict, it’s just going to sit there. So what types of conflict can you put in a story and how do you increase the conflict to keep things moving? Let’s talk about how.

– Breakout Session –

10:50 – 11:40 a.m. | Stephanie Morrill – “Clear Seeing, Clear Writing”
Stephen King says, “The key to good description begins with clear seeing and ends with clear writing.” In this workshop, we will practice both as we talk about how to describe. Come ready to write!

– Parent Session –

1:30 – 2:30 p.m. | Stephanie Morrill & Jill Williamson – “Journey & Survival of a Writer
Writers face similar challenges that have little to do with the craft of putting words on paper. In this workshop, we’ll hear former teen writer Stephanie Morrill’s journey to publication, then take a look at what is true and false about being a writer. We’ll also touch on seven lies that derail many writers from achieving their goals, like “I can’t do this,” “I’ll never be good enough,” “Writing is too hard,” or “I don’t have anything worthwhile to say.” Come, learn what this writing job is all about and be encouraged.

– Student Activity –

9:00 p.m. | John Otte – “Liebrary
Join John in playing a fun game where people try to come up with first lines for classic stories. Along the way, we’ll talk about what makes a story’s first line effective and memorable.

Friday

– Main Sessions –

9:50 – 10:40 a.m. | John Otte – “Villians & Antagonists”
A good main character needs a great antagonist. But what goes into creating a memorable antagonist? What’s the difference between an antagonist and a villain? And what does your story need? Let’s unpack that together!

10:50 – 11:40 a.m. | Jill Williamson – “Writing Fight Scenes and Epic Battles”
Fight scenes are fun, but they’re not easy. In this workshop we’ll talk all about how to write fights into your story. This means including necessary scenes for motivation and foreshadowing of skill level, both which are necessary to create a believable fight scene. We’ll discuss the four things you need to know before writing a fight scene; learn how to edit fight scenes; discuss rules for a wizard’s duel; and learn some important things to know about writing an epic battle. 

7:00 – 8:30 p.m. | Mr. S. – “Dark Worlds” (following the final announcements)
Mr. S.’s last session tends to be unpredictable.

– Breakout Session –

10:50 – 11:40 a.m. | Rachel Garner (Nairam) – “Wrestling with Suffering”
Every story needs suffering. But what does that mean? What is it for? How do we morally engage with one of humanity’s hardest questions?

– Parent Session –

1:30 – 2:30 p.m. | John Otte – “Q&A
It’s been a long week. You’ve probably heard a lot and learned a lot along with your students. But you may also have some questions. John stands at the intersection of being a writer, a parent, and a pastor, so bring your thoughts and questions for a casual conversation.

Critique Groups

Critique Group Guidelines

  • Pass out copies of your excerpt so that everyone in the group can have a hard copy to mark in as you read.
  • If necessary, briefly set up what you re about to read by telling us anything we need to know in order to understand the excerpt. Do not ramble or tell us more than we need to know.
  • Don’t apologize of what you’ve written.
  • Read your story excerpt to the group. Read exactly what’s on your manuscript. Read slowly. Writers who zoom through their stories make it difficult for those listening to process and analyze what they hear. 
  • When you are done, your group will comment on your work. Don’t talk during this process. Don’t try to defend or explain what you’ve written. Your peers are giving you their impression of your work. Their comments might be good … or not-so-good. Either way, respect their opinions an receive their feedback graciously. If someone has a question about what they hear, answer it briefly.
  • Not every comment will be helpful. You are not obligated to use every suggestion. But do pay attention and consider each one.
  • Remember that your story is not you. The comments people make have nothing to do with you and everything to do with the words on your paper.

Chocolate Chip
Collab #206

Bethany McSweeney

Eleanor Garner
Laurie Martin
Genevieve Brown
Alyssa Seel
Megan Schroeder
Kiana Esh
Anna Cosgrove

Macarons
ASG #235

Christabel Willson

Margarita Litvachuk
Margaret Fitt
Boaz Mucklestone
Anastasia Hutchins
Rachel Evans
Levi Larsen
Samantha Adams

Oatmeal Raisin
Collab #205

Daniel McSweeney

Abigail Pelegrin
Kandice Elliott
Alexandra Dillay
Emily Martin
Jacob Hoffman
Deborah Iverson

Thumbprint
Student Study #201

Devin Willson

Stephen Condon
Eva Grove
Zerachia Richardson
Brianna Dillay
Michelle Pataky
Lee Hollas

Pfeffernüsse
Mabee #209

Emily Steadman

Nate Moll
Dayne Persson
Lilly Brown
Kimberly Simpson
Isabelle “Hoku” Davis
Christian Tacci
Kayla Bultje

Pinwheel
Taylor Student Lounge

Hannah Tacci

Caleb Costner
Regan Richards
Austin Hadden
Heidi Usami
Emma Fell
Glorianna Yee

Linzer
North Lounge

Jessica Crespino

Lily Anderson
Joshua Johnson
Clara Laune
Svenya Hollan
Nathaniel Yee
Sophie Monastra
Rachael Payne

Almond Tassies
Mabee #210

Jessica Johnson

Evangelia “Evi” Ioannides
Amanda Robarge
Makyna Boyd
Bethany Strange
Nick Cromwell
Nathanael Palser
Natalee Anderson

Kourabiedes
Nunamaker #224

Kathryn Donnelly

Kaje Rockwell
Lerik Hickman
Audrey Gregory
David Robb
Esther Pulver
Nicole DeBenon

Florentines
Mabee #211

Lauren Varney

Josie Bovee
Faith McDougall
Paige Workman
Abigail Denlinger
Emily Gwaltney
Theta Hewitt
Khai Baker

Cranberry Port
Mabee #212

Lydia DeGisi

Christopher Yee
Lucas Larsen
Jordyn Hadden
Holly Stratford
Karli Johnson
Shaina Esh

Snickerdoodles
South Lounge

Megan Mestel

Nicole Pataky
Hannah Hawk
Ariana Feaster
Addy Mucklestone
Christianna Yee
Lillian McSweeney

Island
Collab #225

Rachel Garner

Hope Strayer
Sara Martin
Akira “Alex” Usami
Isabelle Smith
Sarah McSweeney
Miguel Ortiz
Kelsey Myers

Lebkuchen
Mabee #213

Robin Johnson

Ezriana Richardson
Adelle Garner
Rayna Magee
Hannah Green
Katie-Rose Berryman
Mariah DeGisi

Rugelach
Austin Presentation #241

Rosey Mucklestone

Preston Yanda
Keelyn Hewitt
Inara Kochert
Leah Lachney
Elisabeth Douglas
Colin Fuller
Sandra Knowles

Mentor Appointments

Mentor appointments are on the second floor of the Cunningham Center from 1:50 p.m. – 3:50 p.m. in the Hospitality Lounge. There will be a couple of critique groups meeting near the lounge from 1:30 pm. – 4:00 p.m. and mentor appointments will be session already unless yours is at 1:50 p.m., so please quietly arrive at the lounge 5 minutes before your appointment

Your time keepers will announce when it’s time to wrap up.
Michael Steadman | Tuesday and Thursday

Cheryl Green | Wednesday and Friday

Not sure what to say? These appointments are designed to give you a “practice agent appointment” so you can get used to pitching your story idea to an agent or publisher, but it is also fine just to ask questions about writing, the publishing industry, etc.

Steve Laube

Tuesday

1:50-2:10
Lee Hollas

2:10-2:30
Emily Martin

2:30-2:50
Hannah Green

2:50-3:10
Lillian McSweeney

3:10-3:30
Rachel Evans

3:30-3:50
Holly Stratford


Wednesday

1:50-2:10
Nicole DeBenon

2:10-2:30
Daniel McSweeney

2:30-2:50
Faith McDougall

2:50-3:10
Esther Pulver

3:10-3:30
Robin Johnson

3:30-3:50
Rachael Payne

Jenn Bailey

Tuesday

4:00-4:20
Heidi Usami

4:20-4:40
Evangelia “Evi” Ioannides

4:40-5:00
Khai Baker

5:00-5:20
Kaje Rockwell

5:20-5:40
Isabelle “Hoku” Davis

Stephanie Morrill

Tuesday

1:50-2:10
Alyssa Seel

2:10-2:30
Inara Kochert

2:30-2:50
Kelsey Myers

2:50-3:10
Clara Laune


Wednesday

1:50-2:10
Ariana Feaster

2:10-2:30
Jessica Crespino

2:30-2:50
Margarita Litvachuk

2:50-3:10
Sara Martin


Friday

1:50-2:10
Emily Gwaltney

2:10-2:30
Svenya Hollan

2:30-2:50
Emma Fell

2:50-3:10
Sophie Monastra

Jill Williamson

Wednesday

1:50-2:10
Eleanor Garner

2:10-2:30
Nate Moll

2:30-2:50
Makyna Boyd

2:50-3:10
Bree Dillay

3:10-3:30
Jordyn Hadden

3:30-3:50
Theta Hewitt


Thursday

3:10-3:30
Lily Anderson

3:30-3:50
Audrey Gregory


Friday

1:50-2:10
Hannah Hawk

2:10-2:30
Anna Cosgrove

2:30-2:50
Isabelle Smith

2:50-3:10
Alexandra Dillay

John Otte

Thursday

1:50-2:10
Austin Hadden

2:10-2:30
David Robb

2:30-2:50
Adelle Garner

2:50-3:10
Levi Larsen

3:10-3:30
Stephen Condon

3:30-3:50
Amanda Robarge


Friday

2:50-3:10
Lucas Larsen

3:10-3:30
Kandice Elliott

3:30-3:50
Keelyn Hewitt

3:50 – 4:10
Lerik Hickman

Parent Events

Parents “Meet & Greet” Q&A
Tuesday | 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Tollefson Conference Center

Every year, we hold the Parent “Meet & Greet” for first time parent attendees. This a great place for you to meet other OYAN parents. Our panel of veteran parents will answer your questions about the Summer Workshop, supporting your young writer(s), and using the OYAN curriculum.

The Meet & Greet and the reception that follows are hosted by Tress Hewitt and Cyndy Berryman.

Parent Writers’ Critique Group (optional)
Tuesday – Friday | 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Tollefson Conference Center

Tracy Workman has volunteered to lead a parent critique group. If interested, contact Tracy for details at tracy.workman@yahoo.com.

Check Out

Saturday, 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Dorm Check Out & Room Keys

  1. Take all linens and towels to the lobby area of your dorm. Deposit them in the designated area.
  2. Make sure all trash is out of your room and gathered in the hallway / common area. We have provided a trash sack for each room.
  3. Check all closets and drawers, and removed all belongings from the room.
  4. Find one of the Student Helpers to “OK” your room.
  5. Return your swipe card and room key to the college reps in the Bell Center lobby by 9:00 a.m.

Meal Cards

Breakfast is 7:30-8:30 a.m. in the dining commons for those with a meal plan. After you finish eating, please return you meal card to one of the college reps in the Bell Center lobby by 9:00 a.m. 

 

HAND YOUR ROOM KEY & SWIPE CARD TO AN AUTHORIZED PERSON.

Please DO NOT just place them on the table. Watch them check off your name. MNU will charge you $50 if these are not returned!

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