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Winter Creative Writing Workshop | One Year Adventure Novel

Cyber Winter Workshop 2021

Dec. 30, 2020 – Jan. 4, 2021

The Winter Creative Writing Workshop is only open to students 18 and older who use The One Year Adventure Novel (OYAN) under a valid license. Your curriculum license number is required to apply.

It’s a fantastic week of teaching sessions on advanced writing topics, one-on-one mentoring, and fun with other students. Whether you’re a long-time member of the One Year Adventure Novel creative community or looking to attend a workshop for the first time, the Winter Creative Writing Workshop is a stimulating and non-intimidating way to take your writing to the next level.

“Going [to Winter Workshop] really helped me in my writing and personal life last year. I made friends that I will have forever.”

– Katelynne, in Montana

“I now understand why [students] call the workshops a second home, a Rivendell…”

Read Jim’s blog post on experiencing the Winter Workshop for the first time >

New & Different:

  • We will use Zoom for sessions, critique groups, mentor appointments, and more.
  • Sessions will be recorded, and the recordings will be available to attendees through the end of February!
  • Your workshop swag will ship to you beforehand!
  • We’re expanding the schedule to take advantage of the bookend days typically used in travel. We will now have five full days of learning and interaction!

Cyber Winter Workshop 2021 on Zoom

  • The schedule will be adjusted to accommodate Pacific, Mountain, and Eastern time zones, and all sessions will be recorded and available to attendees through the end of February, so students in other parts of the world won’t miss out. (Scroll down to “Daily Schedule” for more.)
  • Since the event is online, we can bring in different speakers. Check back for an updated speaker list!
  • The removal of travel expenses means more OYANers can attend, including students outside of the US.
  • There is no deposit required this year, and the deadline to apply is November 15. An acceptance response will be emailed to applicants by November 30.
  • Registration is only $200. After your application has been approved, you will have until December 7 to purchase your registration ticket.

Got questions about how this all works? Keep scrolling for info about the new schedule and more.

Featured Speaker

Kevin J. Anderson


Kevin J Anderson photo credit Sarah ThompsonKevin J. Anderson is the author of more than 165 books, 56 of which have appeared on national or international bestseller lists; he has over 23 million copies in print in thirty languages. He has won or been nominated for many awards, including the Nebula, Hugo, Shamus, Scribe, Bram Stoker, Lifeboat to the Stars, SFX Reader’s Choice, Colorado Book Award, and New York Times Notable Book.

Kevin has written numerous Star Wars projects, including the Jedi Academy trilogy, Darksaber, the Young Jedi Knights series (with his wife Rebecca), and Tales of the Jedi comics from Dark Horse. He wrote three X-Files novels, including the #1 bestseller Ground Zero, and he also collaborated with Dean Koontz on the novel Frankenstein: Prodigal Son, which sold a million copies in the first year of its release. He has written Superman and Batman novels, as well as comics for DC, Marvel, Boom!, IDW, Wildstorm, Topps, and Dark Horse.

Kevin has coauthored fifteen books in the DUNE saga with Brian Herbert, as well as their original Hellhole trilogy. His epic SF series, The Saga of Seven Suns, is a 7-volume opus that topped international bestseller lists; he is currently at work on a sequel trilogy, The Saga of Shadows. He produced and cowrote the lyrics (with his wife Rebecca Moesta) for two crossover rock CDs based on his Terra Incognita fantasy trilogy. He wrote a steampunk fantasy adventure novel based on the concept CD, “Clockwork Angels,” by legendary rock group Rush, as well as the steampunk novels Captain Nemo and The Martian War. In a lighter vein, he has written humorous fantasy The Dragon Business and the Dan Shamble, Zombie PI series. He has edited numerous anthologies, including 2113, the Pulse Pounders series, A Fantastic Holiday Season 1 & 2, Blood Lite 1–3, Five by Five 1–3, War of the Worlds: Global Dispatches, and three Star Wars anthologies.

As publishers of WordFire Press, Kevin and his wife Rebecca Moesta have released more than 300 titles from Alan Dean Foster, Frank Herbert, Jody Lynn Nye, Allen Drury, Mike Resnick, Tracy Hickman, Jay Lake, Brian Herbert, Ken Scholes, and their own backlist.

Kevin has a physics/astronomy degree from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and worked for thirteen years as a technical writer for the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory before becoming a full-time novelist. He is a Board member of the Challenger Centers for Space Science Education and the Lifeboat Foundation.

He climbs mountains, including all 54 peaks over 14,000 ft in Colorado, has completed all 500 miles of the Colorado Trail, and has visited six of the seven continents (only Antarctica left!). Kevin and his wife have been married for more than twenty years; they live in a castle in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado.

His most recent novels are Stake, Kill Zone, and Spine of the Dragon.

Photo credit: Sarah Thompson

More Speakers!

Daniel Schwabauer – “Mr. S.”

Daniel Schwabauer author photo“Mr. S.” is the creator of The One Year Adventure Novel, Cover Story, and Byline creative writing curricula and the author of Runt the Brave, Runt the Hunted, and The Curse of the Seer (Living Ink Books), and the forthcoming Operation Grendel (Enclave Publishing), now available to preorder. Mr. Schwabauer is a compelling speaker and loves to share his passion for Story.

Daniel has taught in many venues including various writers’ conferences, home school conferences, classrooms, and co-ops.

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.”

He has a Masters in creative writing from the University of Kansas.

Robert Liparulo, Author & Journalist

Robert Liparulo author photoRobert Liparulo is a journalist turned author. His novels, Comes a Horseman, Germ, Deadfall Deadlock, The 13th Tribe, and The Judgment Stone, have received rave reviews. His short story “Kill Zone” is included in the anthology Thriller, edited by James Patterson. He is also the author of the best-selling young adult series DREAMHOUSE KINGS: House of Dark Shadows, Watcher in the Woods, Gatekeepers, Timescape, Whirlwind, and Frenzy. His work has appeared in Reader’s Digest, Travel & Leisure, Modern Bride, Consumers Digest, Chief Executive, and The Arizona Daily Star, among other publications. In addition, he previously worked as a celebrity journalist. Robert lives in Colorado with his family.

Mike Duran, Author

Mike Duran author photoMike Duran is a novelist, blogger, and speaker, whose short stories, essays, and commentary have appeared in Relief Journal, Relevant Online, Bewildering Stories, Rue Morgue, Zombies magazine, Breakpoint, and other print and digital outlets. He is the author of The Ghost Box (Blue Crescent Press, 2014), selected by Publishers Weekly as one of the best indie novels of 2105 and first in a paranoir series followed by Saint Death (2016), a short tale of Southern Gothic horror Wickers Bog (2016), a short story anthology Subterranea (Blue Crescent Press, 2013), the supernatural thrillers The Telling (Realms May 2012) and The Resurrection (Realms, 2011), an e-book fantasy novella entitled Winterland (Amazon digital, Oct. 2011), and a non-fiction exploration on the intersection between the horror genre and evangelical fiction entitled Christian Horror (Blue Crescent Press May 2015). You can learn more about Mike Duran, his writing projects, cultural commentary, philosophical musings, and arcane interests, at

Lindsay A. Franklin, Author & Editor

Lindsay A Graham author photoLindsay A. Franklin would wear pajama pants all the time if it were socially acceptable. She is a Carol Award–winning author, freelance editor, and she homeschools her three geeklings. The Story Peddler and its sequels are published by Enclave Publishing. Lindsay lives in her native San Diego with her scruffy-looking nerf-herder husband, their precious offspring, three demanding thunder pillows (a.k.a. cats), and a stuffed marsupial named Wombatman. You can find Lindsay on social media, too, if Wombatman hasn’t hijacked all her accounts. She’s @LinzyAFranklin on Instagram and Twitter, and she Facebooks at

Ronie Kendig

Ronie Kendig Author 300wRonie Kendig is an award-winning, bestselling author who grew up an Army brat. After thirty years of marriage, she and her hunky hero are adventuring on the East coast, a short train ride from NYC with their retired military working dog and their Stealth Golden. Ronie’s degree in psychology has helped her pen novels of raw, broken characters.

Since launching onto the publishing scene, Ronie’s Rapid-Fire Fiction has hit the CBA Bestseller List, won the prestigious Christy Award, the RT Reviewers’ Choice Award (twice), the HOLT Medallion, the IRCA, and FamilyFiction’s Readers’ Choice Awards.

Ronie loves people and helping other writers through speaking, workshops, and/or mentoring. Find Ronie at, on Facebook ( , Twitter (@roniekendig), GoodReads, and Instagram (

Daily Schedule

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This schedule is provisional only.

Wednesday (evening only)
Central Time

7:00 – 9:00 p.m. – Welcome session


Thursday – Saturday, & Monday
Central Time

10:00 a.m. – Noon – 2 sessions

Noon – 1:30 p.m. – Break (lunch)

1:30 – 4:30 p.m. – Student critique groups & Mentor Sessions

1:30 – 2:30 p.m. – Parent Sessions & Activities (optional)

4:30 – 7:00 p.m. – Break (dinner)

7:00 – 8:15 p.m. – 1 session

8:15 – 9:30 p.m. – Optional activities


Sunday (half day)
Central Time

1:30 – 4:30 p.m. – Student critique groups & Mentor Sessions

1:30 – 2:30 p.m. – Parent Sessions & Activities (optional)

4:30 – 7:00 p.m. – Break (dinner)

7:00 – 8:15 p.m. – 1 session

8:15 – 9:30 p.m. – Optional activities

To accommodate Pacific, Mountain, Central, and Eastern time zones, we are only scheduling activities between 10:00 a.m and 9:30 p.m. Central. The event schedule will show these four time zones, to help you stay on track.

All sessions will also be recorded, and the recordings will be available to attendees and registered parents through February 2021. We especially hope our students outside of the Americas can make use of these recordings to participate as fully as possible!


There are no funds available for this Winter Workshop. However, if you would like to donate to the Scholarship Fund, we’d love that and would award the funds to a selected student.

How to Apply

About the Application Form

1. Your valid curriculum license number is required to submit. Please email with your name and shipping address if you have lost your license number.

2. We require a submission of creative writing in PDF format. The file you upload must contain your full name. This piece must be 2,500–3,000 words, double-spaced, in 12-point Courier New or Times New Roman, and may be creative fiction or nonfiction, but not poetry. Screen plays are acceptable and should be roughly 10 pages. Include your full name, curriculum license number, and the genre at the top. It can be an excerpt from a larger work as long as it is easy to follow, and you begin with a brief note to indicate where the excerpt falls in the narrative.

You need to have this PDF ready before completing the online application. You will not be permitted to submit your online application without uploading this writing sample.

3. The application form also asks for a one-paragraph explanation of your desire to attend the Winter Workshop. You may wish to prepare an answer to this question before completing the online form, so that you can paste a thoughtful response into the space provided.

4. You will also need to upload a photo that shows your face. We will only use the photo to help us get to know you; it won’t be made public. (Yes, you need to upload a photo even if we know you. We still want to have your photo in our event database. We like to see everyone’s faces while we prepare!)

Applications are due by November 15, and we will contact you about your acceptance November 30.

After Acceptance

STUDENTS: Order your Cyber Student Ticket by 11:59 p.m. Central Time on December 7, 2020.

The Cyber Student Ticket is for students who applied and have received an acceptance email. If you haven’t yet completed an application, please apply here by November 15.

Only $200!

Please note:

• Upload an excerpt for your mentor session (optional; if you don’t upload one, we’ll just use the creative writing sample you submitted when you applied).
• The price includes a workshop t-shirt.
• Parents may register for $15 each (see Parent section).

Parents – $15

There is a small registration fee for parents who will be participating along with their student(s). It is only $15 for the entire week. We look forward to connecting with new parents and seeing those who’ve attended previously—online!

The $15 ticket applies to any parent who will be participating at any level (i.e., sitting in on any workshop sessions, attending general extra activities, etc.).

If you have any questions about how this affects your family, please get in touch!


Registered parents have access to the speaking sessions and general activities. However, the student critique groups and mentor appointments are open to registered students only.

Workshop Features

At the Winter Creative Writing Workshop, you will enjoy much more than advanced teaching sessions! We encourage you one on one and create a small group environment where you can get input on your creative work!

Mentor Sessions

Cyber Winter Workshop Mentor SessionsAll students receive a 30-minute, one-on-one mentoring session with one of our staff or speakers via Zoom. We want to encourage you in your specific writing goals and help you identify any areas you may want to focus on.

The Cyber Student Ticket provides a place for you to upload a 2,500–3,000-word excerpt of your writing to form the basis of your session. If you don’t upload an excerpt, we will base your mentor session on the creative writing sample you submit with your application.

Your excerpt must be double-spaced, in 12-point Courier New or Times New Roman, and may be fiction, creative nonfiction, or a screen play, but not poetry. Include your full name, curriculum license number, and the genre at the top. It can be an excerpt from a larger work as long as it is easy to follow. If this is the case, start with a brief note about where the excerpt falls in the narrative.

Critique Groups

Cyber Winter Workshop Critique GroupsAll students are assigned a critique group. Groups are typically comprised of 7 people, including the leader.

Each critique group will have its own Zoom meeting room, and will meet Thursday–Monday.

Your excerpts will be uploaded to Google Drive and available to your Critique Group. They must be compliant with standard manuscript formatting (12-point Courier New or Times New Roman font; double spaced; see The Compass, lesson 77 for more info).

• Your excerpts may be fiction or nonfiction. Short stories are fine. Screenplays are permitted and should be about 10 pages in standard screenplay format. Poetry is not permitted.

• Your excerpts need not all be from the same writing project. The total word count of your combined excerpts should be between 6,000 words (roughly 24 pages) and 12,000 words (roughly 48 pages).

• Your excerpts need not be neatly divided into 4 equal parts, and you are also allowed to bring selections from more than one writing project. Although your group may run out of time to cover all of what you bring, we want you to come prepared.


The 2021 Winter Creative Writing Workshop is only open to persons 18 or older by December 30, 2020. We cannot make exceptions.

Video or audio recording of any part of the Zoom workshop content is strictly prohibited. This includes cell phone and pocket-camera videos. Please respect this policy.

Recordings will be made available to attendees.

Videos taken during free time are permitted as long as all participants agree to be filmed. (Photos are welcome.)

What Do I Need to Participate?

Technical Requirements

To participate in the Cyber Winter Workshop, all you need is:

  1. A computer, tablet or smartphone
  2. A decent internet connection
  3. The Zoom application (download through this link). Choose the first download option, “Zoom Client for Meetings.” If you plan to watch on a smartphone, you will need to download the Zoom app. (Should you have any problems, simply call 1.888.799.9666. A Zoom technician will help you resolve any technical issues. Problems are normally because of a missing plugin.)

Novel Excerpts

Please prepare four different excerpts of your own writing for critiquing. See the Critique Groups section above for more info.

We will provide instructions before the workshop begins for sending your excerpts to your critique group. Respect your group by uploading your excerpts as directed and on time.

Excerpt Content
We recognize that students at a Winter Workshop are adults, but please be thoughtful about what you bring to critique group. Your excerpts must be free of offensive content (especially of a sexual or gratuitously violent nature). While we respect the right of authors to create honest stories, we also respect the right of readers to retain their innocence, whatever their age. We therefore reserve our right, exercised through the critique group leader, to not include discussion of any work deemed to be offensive to a general audience.

Spending Money (optional)

Workshop shirts are included in the price of your Student Registration ticket.

We will have a virtual pop-up shop for speaker books, curriculum materials, and other t-shirts. T-shirts will be discounted to $15 from $18. Cover Story, Byline, and One Year Adventure Novel sets will be discounted by $20. Other Worlds, module 2 of One Year Adventure Novel, will be discounted by $10.

Note on Workshop Content

The One Year Adventure Novel curriculum is nonsectarian, and is approved for purchase with public funding. It is a writing program, not religious instruction. However, the instructor himself is a Christian, and everything taught in the course is compatible with a biblical worldview. The workshop speakers come from a Christian perspective; and some of the teaching sessions may include Christian themes and/or references.

Being a Christian is not a requirement for attendance, and the focus of the event is on writing, but this workshop may not be the best fit if you are not comfortable with Christian themes or relevant expressions of personal faith being woven into some of the speakers’ talks.

If you have any questions, please contact us; we are happy to talk with you. Our goal is to train and support young writers. We want every writer who attends our workshop to have a positive experience!

Cancellation Policy

We will be able to process refunds for cancellations. Check back for updated details.

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