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A Week of Wonder!

Young writers and amazing speakers!

There is so much for young writers at our Summer Creative Writing Workshop: Going deeper in understanding fiction and how to write it… learning from published authors, agents, and publishers… receiving in-person feedback and support in a small critique group… getting to meet other One Year Adventure Novel students. We want you to come!

** Info beneath this point is from the June 2019 workshop. Details for 2020 will be posted in January 2020 and announced via the email newsletter. **

Monday, June 17 – Saturday, June 22, 2019

The Bell Center | Summer Creative Writing Workshop


MidAmerica Nazarene University2030 E. College Way, Olathe, Kansas 66062

Sessions are held in the auditorium of the beautiful Bell Center on the MNU campus. There is plenty of seating for students as well as siblings and parents! Side rooms provide spaces for critique groups and optional advanced sessions for older students.
The Bell Center will be hosting our Summer Writing Workshop exclusively all week.

Get directions »View map of the campus »

Featured Speakers

Allen Arnold

We are thrilled to be hosting Allen Arnold of Ransomed Heart!

Alllen Arnold | Summer Creative Writing Workshop

Allen is the author of The Story of With, an allegory about creativity that fuses elements of identity, imagination, intimacy, and creative fellowship with God and fellow artists. Allen reveals how creative interests and desires actually serve as a supernatural homing device, drawing us closer to God as we pursue what we are most passionate about.

A highly sought-after speaker, Allen teaches this transformative message to diverse creative teams, which have included Dave Ramsey’s organization, numerous writing conferences, the Association of Christian Schools International, and Grace and Lace, a multi-million dollar business featured on Shark Tank. As the founding Fiction Publisher for Thomas Nelson, Allen oversaw the development of more than five hundred novels that spanned every genre. He now oversees content at Ransomed Heart, a ministry founded by John Eldredge, the New York Times best-selling author of Wild at Heart.

More about Allen on his website »

Clare Vanderpool

We are equally thrilled to host Newbery-Award-Winner Clare Vanderpool!

Clare Vanderpool | Summer Creative Writing WorkshopClare lives in Wichita, Kansas, with her husband and children, about four blocks from her old childhood neighborhood. She has a very strong connection to place and enjoys being within walking distance from her parents’ house, her sister’s house, the school she went to, the pool, the sledding hill, and two bookstores!

She grew up reading many wonderful books in a lot of strange places. Books like Harold and the Purple Crayon, Anne of Green Gables, and Island of the Blue Dolphins in places like dressing rooms, the bathroom, and church. (Like you never read a book in church.)

Though Clare has a college degree in English and Elementary Education, she considers her best education to have come from reading, listening to family stories, looking out the car window on road trips, pretending to be pirates with her brother, and just plain imagining.

Her two books have been honored with several prestigious awards: Moon over Manifest was the 2011 Newbery Award winner and Navigating Early received a Michael L. Printz Award nomination in 2014.

To connect with Clare, check out


Daniel Schwabauer – “Mr. S.”

“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. 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.

Stephanie Morrill

Stephanie Morrill lives in Overland Park, Kansas, with her husband and three kids. She writes books about girls who are on an adventure to discover their unique place in the world—girls like Evalina Cassano, in Stephanie’s latest release, Within These Lines, a WW II era novel set in San Francisco; and Piper Sail, heroine of The Lost Girl of Astor Street, a jazz-age mystery set in 1920s Chicago.

Previous books from Stephanie include the Ellie Sweet series, Go Teen Writers: How to Turn Your First Draft Into a Published Book, and The Reinvention of Skylar Hoyt series. Stephanie enjoys encouraging and teaching teen writers on her blog,

To connect with Stephanie and read samples of her books, check out

Steve Laube

Steve Laube | Summer Creative Writing WorkshopSteve Laube, a literary agent and president of The Steve Laube Agency, has been in the book industry for over 35 years, first as a bookstore manager where he was awarded the National Store of the Year by the Christian Booksellers Association. He then spent over a decade with Bethany House Publishers and was named the Editor of the Year.

Steve later became an agent and has represented nearly 1,000 new books and was named Agent of the Year by ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers). He was also inducted into the Grand Canyon University Hall-of-Fame by their College of Theology.

Steve is the president of the Christian Writers Institute and has published the latest edition of The Christian Writers Market Guide and Book Proposal Tips and Tricks. In addition, he serves as the publisher for the Enclave Publishing imprint of Gilead Publishing. Steve is an excellent speaker and storyteller; you will enjoy learning from him!

Robert Treskillard

Robert Treskillard is a Celtic enthuasiast who holds a B.A. in Biblical & Theological Studies from Bethel University, Minnesota. He has been crafting stories from his early youth, is a software developer, graphic artist, and sometimes bladesmith. He and his wife have three children are still homeschooling their youngest. They live in the countryside outside St. Louis, Missouri.

It all began when Robert’s son wanted to learn blacksmithing and sword-making. The two set out to learn the crafts and in the process were told by a relative that they were descended from a Cornish blacksmith. This lit the fire of Robert’s imagination, and so, welding his Celtic research to his love of the legends of King Arthur, a trilogy was forged—the books of The Merlin Spiral, published by Blink Young Adult Books.

Robert has a new trilogy—The Pendragon Spiral—currently in development! Updates are available at his dedicated writing website. You can also get to know Robert on his blog at

Addison Lucchi

Addison Lucchi serves as an Instructional and Research Librarian / Assistant Professor at MidAmerica Nazarene University. He holds two Master’s degrees, in Library and Information Science and Business Administration. As a teacher and librarian, Addison loves facilitating learning—both formally and informally. In addition to teaching college information literacy in his role at MNU, he has also taught classes for highschoolers, topics ranging from literature to leadership.

He is no stranger to us or to enjoying fiction: a homeschool grad, he took The One Year Adventure Novel in his very first pilot class and majored in English Literature as an undergrad. His current research focuses on application of story and narrative principles for the development of teachers and leaders.

Addison also serves on the board of directors for an arts-based nonprofit organization, Prolepsis KC. He enjoys playing his upright bass in orchestras and ensembles, serving in local and global missions, and, of course, reading.

Brynn Fitzsimmons

Brynn-Fitzsimmons-cropped borderAn OYANer since high school, Brynn Fitzsimmons is finishing her Masters of Arts in English with an emphasis in manuscript, print culture, and editing at the University of Missouri – Kansas City, where she also teaches Discourse as a graduate teaching assistant. She has been accepted for a PhD at the University of Kansas.

She is also a freelance writer/editor, teaches OYAN at Brighton Academy, and has worked as a professional journalist. Her academic research focuses on using the concepts of Story to understand all kinds of writing, and she often uses OYAN concepts to teach academic writing.

She also uses her love of Story to serve her community through a storytelling board game program at a local juvenile detention center as well as through work with Prolepsis KC, a non-profit organization that supports community service through the arts.

Rachel Garner

Rachel Garner is a longtime member of our Clear Water Press staff. She was one of the seven students who took part in the pilot class for The One Year Adventure Novel (OYAN). Known as “Nairam” in the extended OYAN community, Rachel is an example of dedication to her craft and a gifted editor. She has served for several years as Story Coach, offering developmental editing to young writers. Her goal in story coaching is not only to improve the story in front of her, but to encourage and equip the writer for future stories as well.

She is a graduate of both homeschooling and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where she earned an honors in history by willingly reading 650 medieval law disputes. Her next goal is to pursue a Masters in Cultural Heritage Management in the United Kingdom. She currently spends her days organizing books, alternatively laughing or crying over medieval people, pretending she’s a Guardian of the Galaxy, and writing Robin Hood stories.

“Mrs. S.”

Mrs S bio pic borderMrs. S. has been a professional graphic designer for many years. She enjoys sharing basic design principles with students interested in pursuing a career in digital art, or writers who are beginning to market their work and realize that we often do judge a book by its cover.

She also has a sincere love for the One Year Adventure Novel students and is excited about seeing them equipped to impact their generation! Therefore, we may let her have the microphone a few times, but only in measured doses. You know the drill.

Advanced Track

Students | Summer Creative Writing WorkshopWe 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 opening session and evening sessions.

Please note that we are unable to accommodate requests from under-18s who would prefer to attend the advanced track, no matter how many years they have attended the Summer Workshop. There is not enough space in the advanced session hall to add younger students. Thanks for understanding.

Workshop 2.0 Track

Writing instructor Daniel Schwabauer with workshop attendee.Once again, we are offering an extra track open to ALL students daily. These will be in the morning, concurrent with the main sessions in the auditorium—just like the Advanced Track sessions.

Many of you who aren’t yet 18 have asked for more options. We heard you! The Workshop 2.0 Track will feature sessions with a specialized genre focus—topics such as poetry, creative nonfiction, writing for middle grade, and more!

Mentor Appointments – FREE

Students may request a 15-minute appointment with a speaker/mentor. The mentors are not intimidating! These appointments are designed to give young writers a “practice agent appointment” so they can get used to pitching their story idea to an agent or publisher, but it is also fine for students just to ask questions about writing, the industry, etc.

These Mentor Appointments are optional and limited in number, so students may only reserve one ticket each.

FAQ about Mentor Appointments »

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

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

How to Attend

STEP 1: Sign Legal Waiver Form.

You need this ready before you can register. You can find the form below.

STEP 2: Purchase Your Workshop Registration Ticket.

Student tickets are sale price through April 1; they are regular price April 2–May 15.

STEP 3: Purchase Other Tickets

Other tickets (meal plan, accommodations, etc.) do not have to be purchased at the same time as your registration ticket. However, ticket sales close May 15. Please be aware that the Girls’ Dorm spots will go quickly, and they could sell out.

Students at our creative writing workshop

Registration Costs

Early Bird!


Early-bird sale price

Good through
April 1, 2019.

Regular Price


Regular ticket price

Good through
May 15, 2019.

Late Reg.


Late registration

May 15, 2019.

Please note:

• The price includes a workshop t-shirt.
• Parents and siblings (non-students under 13) attend FREE.
• Siblings 13 or older must register as students.
• Siblings under 13 and parents may not attend student critique groups.
Registering after May 15 will incur a $25 late fee.

FAQ about student eligibility »

Waiver Form

We require a signed Legal Waiver for each student. Students are required to upload their signed Legal Waiver form in order to register. It is one page, and you can download it using the button below or download it directly in the Student Registration ticket form. A PDF upload is preferred, but photo files are also accepted. (We do NOT accept them by mail or email.)

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.

Meal Plan

Per person (student or family member) … $137
Includes breakfast, lunch and dinner Tuesday morning through Friday night, PLUS a “brown-bag” dinner on Monday night and a continental breakfast Saturday morning.

When you purchase a meal ticket, you will be given a selection of dietary choices, including dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan. This is a 100% nut-free event – NO exceptions. One of our OYAN students wrote an excellent blogpost which provides important context to our strict nut-free policy. You can read it here.

FAQ about health »

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’ Dorm or Boys’ Dorm under any circumstances; there are no kitchens.

• Coolers are NOT permitted in the Girls’ Dorm or Boys’ Dorm. If your student needs to have refrigerated items for health reasons, please contact us.

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

On-Campus Lodging

MNU opens dorm-style housing to workshop attendees and their families. An accommodation ticket is for Monday night through Friday night. Bed linens, pillow, blanket, and towels are provided.

• Single bed in shared room (Boys’ Dorm or Girls’ Dorm)… $185 each
• Family dorm room (entire room—2 beds—reserved)…. $370

FAQ about dorms »

Boys’ Dorm & Girls’ Dorm

Per Dorm Ticket – $185


• If you wish to request a roommate, both parties must fill out the ROOMMATE REQUEST Form by May 15. We can’t guarantee that we will be able to accommodate your request, but we will do our best!

• Unless notified otherwise through the Roommate Request Form, we assume that same-gender family members in the Boys’ Dorm and Girls’ Dorm do NOT wish to be roomed together. (Moms and dads who do not request to be roomed with their daughter or son will be roomed with another same-gender parent.) But we will put you on the same floor.

• We do not permit more than 2 students to share a room in the Boys’ Dorm or Girls’ Dorm. We also do not take requests for adjoining rooms. We only take roommate requests.

Family Dorm

Per Family Room Ticket – $370

We reserve separate halls or buildings for families, so that family members can stay together as dorm space permits. Alternatively, families may stay off-campus (see suggested hotels below).

PLEASE NOTE that “Family Room” means that you will be in a dorm building that is NOT gender segregated.
Students must be accompanied by a parent or other family member 20 years of age or older to stay in a Family Dorm Room.
• A Family Room contains two twin-size beds and is the same size as a room in the Girls’ Dorm or Boys’ Dorm.

Optional Additional Occupants in a Family Dorm Room

You may sleep EITHER one additional immediate family member in the room ($75) OR up to two children under age five (free). In either case, you would need to bring the additional occupant(s) a sleeping pallet, bed linens, pillow, blanket, and towels.

You can add this $75 option to your Family Room ticket when you make your purchase.


Parents and families may prefer to stay in a nearby hotel. The La Quinta Inn & Suites is not far from MNU. However, there are other hotels in Olathe. Searching “hotels in Olathe, Kansas” is the best way to get accommodation details and up-to-date pricing.

FAQ about off-site services »

Families may prefer to rent a car for their stay. The greater Kansas City area does not have a good public transportation system.

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 17, and return service to KCI from Olathe on Saturday, June 22. Shuttle service may be handled by a reputable third party.

A One Year Adventure Novel student representative is stationed at each terminal, outside the gate area, to ensure that students get on a correct shuttle/find their departure gate.

To take advantage of this service, you must purchase a shuttle ticket by May 15, 2019. You will need your flight information to purchase the ticket.

An Airport Shuttle Ticket is $49 per person, in advance, and includes pick-up from and return to KCI. If you only need a one-way shuttle, enter “N/A” in any fields that don’t apply to you and then email us at to request a 50% refund.

FAQ about shuttles »

Shuttle Details*

On Monday, June 17, the shuttle service will run between noon and 5:00 p.m.

On Saturday, June 22, the last shuttle will leave MNU before noon. So if you choose a late afternoon/evening flight, you will have a long wait at the airport. If considering early morning flights, please be aware that MNU is about 45 minutes from the airport in regular traffic. To get you to the airport an hour before your flight, we would schedule your shuttle about two hours before your flight time. If you book a 6:00 a.m. flight, prepare for a 4:00 a.m. shuttle—you’ll need an alarm clock!

Please schedule your flights with these shuttle service times in mind. If you have any questions about flight scheduling, please contact us prior to purchasing your flight tickets.

• We will try to coordinate pick-up and return times with your schedule, but you may encounter some wait time at the airport. Bring a snack or money to buy one.

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

• 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.

Cancellation Policy

If you have to cancel, please let us know as soon as possible! Every person impacts our planning. Thanks!

Cancellation by May 15 = Full refund of all tickets; but if it has been more than 30 days since your payment, transaction fees will not be refundable (these are a very small percentage; varies by payment method).

Cancellation after May 15 until 10 days before event = 85% refund of all tickets.

Cancellation from 10 days before event = No refund possible.

Students at a Summer Creative Writing Workshop.


• General Schedule •


• Check-in opens at 3:00 p.m.; settle into dorms and meet people.
Casual boxed sandwich dinner in the cafeteria from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. (if you purchased the meal plan).
The evening session begins at 7:00 p.m. in the Bell Center auditorium with an orientation (mandatory), followed by fun, visiting, and games until curfew.

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

9:00 a.m. through evening session


7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. – Continental breakfast
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.

• Daily Schedule •

7:30 – 8:30 a.m. – Breakfast

9:30 a.m. – Noon – 2 sessions with a short intermission (Main sessions in auditorium; advanced sessions in separate meeting hall)

Noon – 1:00 p.m. – Lunch

1:30 – 4:00 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.)

4:00 – 6:00 p.m. – Free time

5:30 – 6:30 p.m. – Dinner

7:00 – 9:30 p.m. – 2 sessions with intermission

9:30 – 11:30 p.m. – Free time. We will have access to the campus gym and adjacent Student Lounge.

11:30 p.m. – Check in with your dorm parent and remain on your dorm floor.

• Open Mic Night •

Do you play an instrument? Have you written a funny skit or song? Do you juggle or dance? We would love to see your special talents at the Summer Workshop! Over the years, our Open Mic Night has become a favorite workshop tradition for our attendees and we enjoy seeing our student writers’ additional talents on display.

In order to be considered for participation, you must submit your act by 11:59pm CST on May 7, 2019. (We do not accept submissions via email or any other method.)

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 New or Times New Roman, one-inch margins on all sides, name and number in header, etc.) The excerpts should be collated and stapled, and should be identical.

Student in Costume | Summer Creative Writing WorkshopThe 4 excerpts we recommend bringing are:

  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.

Please do not bring poetry, fan fiction, screen plays, or short stories to the Summer Workshop.

FAQ about Critique Groups »

Excerpt Content

Your novel 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. We therefore reserve our right, exercised through the critique group leader, to not include discussion of any novel deemed to be offensive to a general audience.

Spending Money

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

We will have books, curriculum materials, and other t-shirts for sale at the front desk. 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.

We accept cash and all cards.

Parents & Siblings

Mom and Daughter | Summer Creative Writing WorkshopParents and siblings under 13 may attend the workshop free with one paid Student registration. The Bell Center Auditorium has plenty of comfortable seating for all. We request that non-students sit in the back. Please note, however, that there may not be sufficient seating if you would like to sit in on an advanced track session. The advanced track hall is smaller.

Parents and siblings are not permitted to sit in on student critique groups or mentor appointments.

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 plan 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.

I have attended five of the OYAN workshops with my children and each one is better than the last. As a parent, I attend the workshop sessions so I can provide better feedback to my writer children. But there is always something that I hear that is intended just for me.

My favorite thing about the Summer Workshop? The glow on my children’s faces when they are spending time with their favorite people—learning, laughing, crying, dancing—sword-fighting, too. Best family vacation ever.

Kristine H., parent-educator

Supervision of Students

There will be adults at all official events.

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 workshop (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 regarding 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 years old) 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


The Pevensie Scholarship

A full scholarship for one student coming to the Summer Workshop for the first time. This annual scholarship is the gift of an adult One Year Adventure Novel student who is passionate about teen writers experiencing the Summer Workshop that so impacted this student’s life.

Pevensie Scholarship | Summer Creative Writing WorkshopThe $716 scholarship covers:

• Student Registration ($345)
• Meal plan for one ($137)
• One spot in the Girls’ Dorm or Boys’ Dorm ($185)
• $49 to cover the Airport Shuttle ticket or gas, if the student will travel by car

To qualify, you must:

• Be 13–19 years old on June 17, 2019.
• Have a valid One Year Adventure Novel license.
• Be coming to the Summer Workshop for the first time.
• Not have already attended a Winter Workshop.
• Intend to eat in the cafeteria and stay on site in the Girls’ Dorm or Boys’ Dorm.

Please note:

• The application includes questions to assess financial need. We take the answers of these questions into consideration.
• Applying for a scholarship does not guarantee that you will receive it.
• In the event that you are not awarded the Pevensie Scholarship, we encourage you to also apply to the other scholarship program below.

You must apply by March 15, 2019, to be considered. (Deadline was previously March 25, 2019.)

Other Scholarships

Mr. & Mrs. S. donate a limited number of partial scholarships for students demonstrating financial need.

The discount is issued in the form of a partial refund on the student registration ticket, so you can go ahead and purchase your ticket. If you prefer to wait until you receive a decision, that is also fine, but please be aware that the sale price on registration is only available through April 1, and you may not receive a reply until April 1.

Please note:

• Students accepted as Student Helpers are not eligible for a scholarship because the Student Helper position already includes a discount.
• Applying for a scholarship does not guarantee that you will receive a discount.

You must apply by March 15, 2019, to be considered.

You will receive a reply by April 1.

Donate to the Scholarship Fund

Would you like to donate to the scholarship fund to give more students the experience of the Summer Workshop? You can choose to donate $10, $25, $50, $100, or the full cost of a student registration: $300. Every little bit helps!

Student Helpers

** 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. **

Amazing Friendships | Summer Creative Writing WorkshopIn 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 receive free lodging. If you purchase a dorm spot ticket before learning that you have received a Student Helper position, we will refund your purchase.

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 Summer 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.

Apply by March 15, 2019. You will receive a reply by April 1.

Points of Interest

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 Stagecoach Stop and Farm

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. 😉


The J.C. Nichols Fountain by Henri-Léon in Kansas City


The Nelson-Atkins Art Museum

The Nelson-Atkins Art Museum

Special Thanks

MNU_logo_color2Special thanks to MidAmerica Nazarene University for partnering with us to host our annual Summer Workshop.

WARNING: Prolonged exposure to this special week may cause Workshop Withdrawal.

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