Jenn Bailey’s practical, hand-on teaching style receives rave reviews from students after teaching at our workshops; so we keep inviting her back!
Jenn is an author, editor, documentarian, blue-ribbon pie baker, and eager traveler. She received her MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Born and raised in Rhode Island, she now calls Kansas City home where she lives with her husband, three sons, and numerous cats and dogs. Jenn was inspired to write A Friend for Henry after watching her own sons, one of whom is on the autism spectrum, navigate finding a friend—a process which took patience, time, and courage. But finding the right one was always, always worth it.
We appreciate Jenn’s enthusiasm–not only for her craft–but for sharing what she’s learned with younger writers! Learn more about Jenn at jennbailey.com.
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, GoTeenWriters.com.
To connect with Stephanie and read samples of her books, check out www.StephanieMorrill.com.
John is a life-long writer. He started with badly drawn comic books in the fifth grade. When he realized that he was a lousy artist, he moved on to badly written novels in middle school. He’s tried his hand at screenplays, stage plays, fanfic, teen mysteries, and religious fiction. But his first love has always been speculative fiction.
His debut novel, Failstate, was published by Marcher Lord Press, and was a finalist for the Christy Awards. He has gone on to publish three more novels with Marcher Lord Press, one of which, Numb, was also a finalist for the Christy Awards.
John looks forward to telling even more strange tales that point people back to God and His incredible grace.
Daniel Schwabauer – “Mr. S.”
“Mr. S.” is the creator of The One Year Adventure Novel, Cover Story, Byline, and Other Worlds creative writing curricula and the author of Operation Grendel (2020) and Maxine Justice: Galactic Attorney (released in March 2022). He is also the author of a series for young readers: 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, homeschool 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 and is currently working on his Doctorate in Theology in semiotics.
Jill Williamson is a chocolate-loving, daydreaming creator of kingdoms and the award-winning author of several speculative fiction novels including By Darkness Hid, Replication, The New Recruit, and Captives. Jill grew up in Alaska without electricity or running water. That led to a love of reading and an overactive imagination, which eventually led to a love of writing, and in 2010 her first novel, By Darkness Hid, won several awards
Jill is a Whovian, a Photoshop addict, and a recovering fashion design assistant. She loves teaching about writing, which she does at GoTeenWriters.com. She lives in Washington with her husband and two children. Learn more about Jill and her books on her website: jillwilliamson.com.
Please check back for an update on additional speakers.
Breakout Session Speakers!
Mrs. 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.
Rachel Garner is a longtime member of our Clear Water Press staff. Known as “Nairam” in the extended One Year Adventure Novel (OYAN) community, Rachel is an example of dedication to her craft and a gifted editor, serving for several years as an OYAN Story Coach. Her main work is administrating the OYAN Student Forum and helping coordinate the Summer Workshop, but she also co-teaches an online AP English Language course with Pennsylvania Homeschoolers. She loves young writers and nurturing the kind of communities that made her time as an OYAN student so special.
After homeschooling, she earned an honors in history at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a postgraduate certificate in Cultural Heritage Management at the University of York, England. She currently spends her days organizing books, alternatively laughing or crying over medieval people, talking too much about the TV show Lost, and trying to finally write a spaceship story.
Emily “Harpley” Steadman is a storyboard artist and animator, as well as a gifted writer. She took our One Year Adventure Novel course as a teen and went on to graduate with honors from Regent University with a degree in animation. A lover of both the written and visual mediums of Story, she is extremely passionate about investing in the students of the OYAN community, and being able to work with them in a Summer Workshop setting is a dream come true.
Harpley worked as an animator and storyboard artist on WHRO’s animated short “My Plan to Save the Planet,” which won an Award of Excellence from the National Educational Telecommunications Association. She also received a “Best Animation” award from the Christian Online Film Festival for her work. She enjoys drawing, knitting, thoroughly beating her family in Mario Kart, and thoroughly getting beaten by her friends in Minecraft.
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.)
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.
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 February 28; they are regular price March 1 through April 30. A $25 late fee applies after April 30.
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 30. Please be aware that the Girls’ Dorm spots will go quickly, and they could sell out.
• The price includes a workshop t-shirt.
• Parents may register for $50 each (see Parent and Siblings section).
• Siblings (non-students under 13) attend FREE, if accompanying registered parent.
• Siblings 13 or older must register as students.
• Siblings under 13 and parents may not attend student critique groups nor mentor sessions.
• Registering as a student after April 30 will incur a $25 late fee.
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.
If you have to cancel, please let us know as soon as possible! Every person impacts our planning. Thanks!
As detailed above in the COVID Guidelines section, this year we are suspending our usual cancellation policy. For your peace of mind, we will offer a full refund until noon of the first day of the workshop (Monday, June 27). We want everyone to have peace of mind in the event of a positive COVID test or if you are waiting for test results.
Per person (student or family member) … $150
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 blog post which provides important context to our strict nut-free policy.
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)… $195 each
• Family dorm room (entire room—2 beds—reserved)…. $390
Boys’ Dorm & Girls’ Dorm
Per Dorm Ticket – $195
ROOMMATE REQUESTS & ROOMING POLICY
• If you wish to request a roommate, both parties must fill out the ROOMMATE REQUEST Form by April 30. We can’t guarantee that we will be able to accommodate your request, but we will do our best!
• If the roommate you request chooses a different sticker (see COVID Guidelines), we will room that person with another likeminded student instead.
• 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.
Per Family Room Ticket – $390
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 ($100) 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 $100 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.
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 27, and return service to KCI from Olathe on Saturday, July 2. 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 30, 2022. 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 email@example.com to request a 50 percent refund.
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• 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 9:00 PM Central Time on May 13, 2022. (We do not accept submissions via email or any other method.)
What Should I Bring?
Please bring 8 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.
- The first four pages of your novel
- Four pages from your “Embracing Destiny” chapter
- Four pages from your “Black Moment” chapter
- Four pages from your “Showdown” chapter.
Please do not bring poetry, fan fiction, or screen plays to the Summer Workshop.
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.
No need to bring money for a workshop t-shirt. Workshop shirts are included in the price of your Student 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, One Year Adventure Novel , and the new Other Worlds sets will be discounted by $20.
We accept cash and all cards.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
In 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.
Sometimes, staff and dorm parents will need a trusted messenger to relay important information and details. They may request your help.
Apply by April 30, 2022. You will receive a reply by May 9.
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 February 28, and you may not receive a reply until May 9.
• 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 April 30, 2022, to be considered.
You will receive a reply by May 9.
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!
We, as staff, rely on Dorm Parents to help monitor curfews, ensure that students make it to the sessions, and “filter” student concerns. To be considered, you must have previously attended a Summer Workshop.
Dorm Parent Responsibilities:
- Be available on your floor by 10:30 pm so that the students under your care can check in before the 11:30 curfew. Your assigned Student Helper will report to you to help out at 11:15pm.
- Make a round in the morning (around 8:45) before the 9:00am session begins, to make sure students are not in their rooms.
- Inform staff promptly of any health, safety, or relational concerns among the students under your care.
- Be willing to report any observed SW guidelines violation by any student at any time.
- Be able to attend a Dorm Parent briefing meeting with Mrs. S. at 5:00 pm on the SW check-in date. (If this is impossible do to flight or travel time, etc., please make other arrangements via email BEFORE that day.)
We usually receive more requests than available slots, so it is impossible for everyone who applies to be selected. You must apply by April 30, 2022, to be considered. Selected applicants will receive a reply by May 9.
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.
The Country Club Plaza – KC
The Nelson-Adkins Art Museum
National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial
Kansas City Museum Science City (for kids)
The Arabia Steamboat Museum
Negro Leagues Baseball Museum
American Jazz Museum
Toy & Miniature Museum of KC
American Royal (rodeo, horse shows, etc.)
The John Wornall House Museum
The Oak Park Mall
Special 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.