** We are NOT selling separate tickets to Andrew Peterson’s concert (or sessions). The concert is for workshop attendees only. Thanks for understanding! **
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.
Torry Martin is an award-winning actor, screenwriter, comedian and author, known for The Matchbreaker (2016), Mister Scrooge to See You (2013), and Boxed Lunch (2008). See his IMDb page here »
Martin’s unique sense of humor caught the attention of the producers of the popular children’s radio series, Adventures in Odyssey, who enlisted him to lend his writing skills to the show. In addition to penning humor columns for national print and online publications, Torry is the author of several comedy sketchbooks published by Lillenas Drama Publishers.
Torry Martin has been profiled in a host of national and regional print and online publications including Today’s Christian, Light and Life, and At Home Tennessee. Martin is an in-demand speaker, performer and instructor at writing and film-making conferences across the U.S.
Ken Carpenter is a writer, producer, and director who has honed his craft across a broad spectrum of film and video projects, including narrative feature and television work, documentaries, music videos, commercials, and branding/image campaigns for organizations nationwide.
His work is currently focused primarily in the feature film arena. He produced Run the Race, which will release theatrically in Fall 2018. He is in post-production now on Distinction, a new feature film. And he has numerous other feature projects in various stages of development, working with screenwriters regularly toward the end of shaping cinematic stories. See his IMDb page here »
Ken lives in Franklin, Tennessee, with his wife and children, where he sees a lot of movies and reads a lot of scripts.
Nadine is a self-described adventurer, fusing authentic faith with bold imagination. She writes about brave living, finding purpose, and other worlds soaked in imagination. She’s also a freelance editor. The Out of Time Series, her dystopian trilogy, is published by Enclave Publishing.
Keep up with Nadine at NadineBrandes.com to get updates on her new two-book contract with Thomas Nelson/HarperCollins Christian Publishing! The first one, Fawkes, is available for pre-order—it releases July 10!
She and her husband make their home in Missouri.
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 in April of 2012, and was a finalist for the Christy Awards in 2013. He has gone on to publish three more novels with Marcher Lord Press, one of which, Numb, was a finalist for the Christy Awards in 2014.
John looks forward to telling even more strange tales that point people back to God and His incredible grace.
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 Piper Sail, in Stephanie’s latest release, The Lost Girl of Astor Street, a jazz-age mystery set in 1920s Chicago; and Evalina Cassano, heroine of her next book, Within These Lines, a WW II era novel also contracted with Blink/HarperCollins!
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, www.GoTeenWriters.com.
To connect with Stephanie and read samples of her books, check out www.StephanieMorrill.com.
Jenn received rave reviews from students after last year’s Summer Workshop; so this year we asked her to speak thrice! (She said yes.) Jenn is often lauded for her practical, hands-on teaching style; we know you’ll be enriched by hearing her.
Jenn Bailey received her MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. She is represented by Rosemary Stimola of the Stimola Literary Agency and has just signed her first book contract. Jenn has spoken at the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators national conferences in New York City and Los Angeles and continues to be an editor and critique partner at Heartland Writers for Kids and Teens. Currently, Jenn is joining forces with two of her VCFA schoolmates to open up the BLT Literary agency.
We appreciate Jenn’s enthusium–not only for her craft–but for sharing what she’s learned with younger writers!
Mrs. S. will not be speaking formally. Mr. S. could not afford her speaking fee, and she has not written anything. She does, however, have a sincere love for the 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 couple of times, but only in measured doses. You know the drill.
We 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 – NEW!
For the first time, 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.
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 March 31; they are regular price April 1–May 24.
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 24. Please be aware that the Girls’ Dorm spots will go quickly, and they could sell out.
• 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 24 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.
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.
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)… $175 each
• Family dorm room (entire room—2 beds—reserved)…. $350
Boys’ Dorm & Girls’ Dorm
Per Dorm Ticket – $175
ROOMMATE REQUESTS & ROOMING POLICY
• If you wish to request a roommate, both parties must fill out the ROOMMATE REQUEST Form by May 24. 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.
Per Family Room Ticket – $350
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 ($35) 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 $35 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 11, and return service to KCI from Olathe on Saturday, June 16. 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 24, 2018. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org to request a 50% refund.
If you have to cancel, please let us know as soon as possible! Every person impacts our planning. Thanks!
Cancelation by May 24 = 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)
Cancelation after May 24 = 85% refund of all ticket
• General Schedule •
• Daily Schedule •
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.
The 4 excerpts we recommend bringing are:
- 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, screen plays, or short stories 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 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 The One Year Adventure Novel 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 email@example.com.
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.
• Student Registration ($345)
• Meal plan for one ($137)
• One spot in the Girls’ Dorm or Boys’ Dorm ($175)
• $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 11, 2018.
• 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.
• 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 24, 2018, to be considered.
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 March 31, and you may not receive a reply until March 31.
• 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, 2018, to be considered.
You will receive a reply by March 31.
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!
** 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. **
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 March 15, 2018. You will receive a reply by March 31.
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 | 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
• Heritage Park
• Olathe Lake
• Cedar Lake
If you’re interested in researching things to do in the area simply Google “Kansas City attractions.” An exhaustive list of places of interest—though we did attempt it—is beyond the scope of this web page. 😉
Special thanks 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.