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.
We are thrilled to be hosting Andrew Peterson at this year’s Summer Workshop!
Not only will Andrew be speaking—he has graciously agreed to an intimate concert just for registered Summer Workshop attendees!
As a singer-songwriter and recording artist, Andrew has released more than ten records over the past fifteen years. His music has earned him a reputation for writing songs that connect with his listeners in ways equally powerful, poetic, and intimate. He has also followed his gifts into the realm of publishing. His books include the four volumes of the award-winning Wingfeather Saga. He is the founder of The Rabbit Room, an experiment in creative community. The Rabbit Room fosters Christ-centered community and spiritual formation through music, story, and art.
More about Andrew on his website »
We are equally thrilled to host Newbery-Award-Winner Clare Vanderpool!
Clare 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 http://clarevanderpool.com/
Kevin J. Anderson
Kevin 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
Paul has written for various media. You may know him from the Adventures In Odyssey Radio Show, or the Father Gilbert Mysteries. Other lauded projects include: the award-winning audio drama Brother Francis: The Barefoot Saint of Assisi and The Trials of Saint Patrick, stage plays like The First Church of Pete’s Garage and Catacombs. And C.S. Lewis projects like The Chronicles of Narnia audio dramas or The Annotated Screwtape Letters. He also wrote the screenplay for the film Beyond The Mask. We are super excited that he will be joining us and that you will have an opportunity to learn from him!
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
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.
Addison Lucchi works as an Instructional and Research Librarian / Assistant Professor at MidAmerica Nazarene University and holds a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from Simmons College. Addison loves providing interactive, engaging instruction – and, in addition to teaching information literacy in his role at MNU, he also teaches business and leadership classes for highschoolers. He is no stranger to us or to enjoying fiction: a homeschool grad, he took One Year Adventure Novel in the very first pilot class and majored in English Literature as an undergrad. When he is not teaching, studying, or engaged in library work, Addison loves playing his upright bass for local orchestras and ensembles, writing fiction and non-fiction, and serving in global and local missions. He always appreciate a clever pun. Follow Addison at adventuringaddison.wordpress.com.
Jenn receives rave reviews from students after teaching at our Workshops; so we keep inviting her back! 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. A Friend for Henry, her first picture book, is releasing February 2019. Jenn has spoken at the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators national conferences in New York City and Los Angeles and serves as an editor at Heartland Writers for Kids and Teens. A blue-ribbon pie baker and an eager traveler, she lives in Kansas City.
We appreciate Jenn’s enthusiasm–not only for her craft–but for sharing what she’s learned with younger writers!
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. She got into writing one day when someone was complaining about teen books and she thought, “I could do that! How hard could it be?” Very, she soon learned. But she worked hard, and four years later, her first book, By Darkness Hid, was published and won several awards.
Jill is a Whovian, a Photoshop addict, and a recovering fashion design assistant, who was raised in Alaska. She loves teaching about writing, which she does weekly 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.
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.
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.
Although Kirk DouPonce studied traditional illustration in college, he spent the first decade of his career as a graphic designer working in the publishing industry. Never losing his love of illustration, he would merge the two disciplines whenever possible. In the early 2000’s Kirk discovered ZBrush, an amazing digital sculpting program. It became his gateway drug into the world of 3D illustration. Today Kirk’s portfolio is a mixture of digital painting, photography, 3D, and typography. With these skills, Kirk has created over a thousand book covers for publishers in the US and the UK. His work has appeared in Spectrum Fantastic Art, Communication Arts, Infected by Art, ImagineFX, and on his mother’s refrigerator. Kirk lives in Colorado with his wife and their four children.
You can see more of his work at: www.fiction-artist.com
Lindsay A. Franklin, Author & Editor
Lindsay 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 www.facebook.com/LindsayAFranklin.
Prof. Mark Wilson
Although he says of himself that he’s “about as interesting as Bilbo before his adventures,” the One Year Adventure Novel community begs to differ. Mark (B.A., Northwest Nazarene College; M.A., Washington State University) teaches literature and writing at Southwestern Oregon Community College in Coos Bay.
He has extensive knowledge of Tolkien and British literature.
Mark and his wife Teckla live in Myrtle Point, Oregon, where they enjoy hiking and exploring the beauty of their state. Mark also has a keen interest in studying the flowers and fauna in whatever area he finds himself, and often journeys with his Dobermann taking walks around the town.
Mike Duran, Author
Mike 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 www.mikeduran.com.
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.
Robert Liparulo, Author & Journalist
Robert 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.
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.
Ronie 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 www.roniekendig.com, on Facebook (www.facebook.com/rapidfirefiction) , Twitter (@roniekendig), GoodReads, and Instagram (www.instagram.com/kendigronie).
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, www.GoTeenWriters.com.
To connect with Stephanie and read samples of her books, check out www.StephanieMorrill.com.
Steve Laube, a literary agent and president of The Steve Laube Agency, has been in the book industry for over 40 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. He later became a literary agent and was named Agent of the Year by ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers). The agency has represented nearly 2,000 new books. 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 publishes the annual edition of The Christian Writers Market Guide. In addition, he serves as the publisher for Enclave Publishing, a division of Oasis Family Media. Steve is an excellent speaker and storyteller; you will enjoy learning from him!
Susanne Lakin (also known as C. S. Lakin) is a novelist and writing coach who spends her time divided between developing new book ideas and helping writers polish theirs. She is the author of fourteen novels—six contemporary novels, seven in the fantasy/sci-fi genre, and one in historical Western romance. Whether she is exploring the depths of the human psyche, pushing her characters to the edge of desperation, or embellishing an imaginary world replete with talking pigs and ancient mysteries, she is doing what she loves best—using her creativity and skills to inspire and affect her readers. To read more about Susanne and her work, visit www.cslakin.com.
Tineke Hegeman Bryson
Tineke is a creative nonfiction writer and an editor. Many years ago, she audited a live One Year Adventure Novel class, thinking it might help her teach writing in a more rounded way, and she was so impressed she joined the Clear Water Press team!
Tineke has a master’s degree in creative writing from the University of Stirling. Originally from Canada, she grew up in French West Africa, and she now works for Clear Water Press remotely from Cambridge, England. She understands the bravery it takes to keep writing when it isn’t your job, as she is doing her best to make headway on her memoir-in-progress while both working and caring for her toddler full-time. She is also passionate about editing—turning a gift with words inside out to champion other people’s stories!
Tineke’s favorite things are countryside rambles with her husband and son, weather (of all kinds!), giant silk moths, moss, and interior decorating. You can enjoy some of her writing on the One Year Adventure Novel blog here.
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.
Tracy Workman has always been a student of the arts: visual arts, music, and performing arts. In 2004 she taught a small art class for home-schooled children. She fell in love with teaching art and decided to go back to college and become an art teacher, graduating from the University of Florida with highest honors, a Bachelors degree in art education, and a minor in art history. For three and a half years she was the art teacher at Imagine Schools – Nau Campus in Port St. Lucie, FL, teaching approx. 650 K- 8 students each year. She has been active leading small groups of children and adults in musical productions, theater/video productions, and puppetry.
Now a homeschool mom, Tracy offers periodic art classes from her home for homeschool students and is in her eighth year teaching the arts to K-12 students at the SALT homeschool co-op. Also an OYAN mom, she is excited to be attending her fourth Summer Workshop this year. She is thrilled to be making a difference in the lives of students just as her art teachers once made a difference in hers. Learn more about Tracy on her website.
Breakout Session Speakers!
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.