By Gabrielle de Waal, Staff Writer
I’ve taught my mind to expect writing, to think of it as a daily responsibility like making supper or taking a shower. I’ve taught my anxious brain that I can produce words on command, and that if it’s a difficult and frustrating process, that’s okay.
By Hannah McManus, Guest Contributor
I have always been creating stories. I thought I always would. So I was blindsided when my seemingly endless stream of creativity dried up, leaving me in a creative dry spell that lasted nearly three years.
By Ryan Robidoux, Guest Contributor
If you’re a One Year Adventure Novel student and a Christian, you are not unusual. Many “OYANers” write faith-informed stories. As Christian writers, we know stories are powerful, and we want to impact people with our stories. Indeed, that’s our calling, isn’t it? To share the Gospel?
By Jim Viebke, Guest Contributor
My journey to the 2017 Winter Workshop began seven years earlier when I first started using The One Year Adventure Novel (or “OYAN”). This is not just a story about the Winter Workshop, but also a story about how the workshop played an important part in my journey as a writer.
By Daniel Schwabauer
If you follow us on Facebook or get our e-newsletters, you’ve probably got wind of this year’s big announcement: I am releasing a brand-new video curriculum this summer!
By Sarah Noé, Staff Writer
The saying goes that hindsight is 20/20, and I’ve certainly had moments of discovery that I wish I could pass back to my younger self. Alas, I am without a functioning time-travel device, hence I wrote up this open letter of sorts instead.
By Tineke Bryson, Staff Writer
How big a part should grading play in your One Year Adventure Novel journey? How do you grade a teenager’s novel? The grading rubric for The One Year Adventure Novel—or “OYAN” for short—is disarmingly simple. But in my years of interacting with parents, I’ve come to realize that, sometimes, this disarming quality can mask some of the complexities of nurturing a young writer.
By Rachel Garner, Staff Writer
Reading is supposed to be one of the writer’s major tools, and I was utilizing it: I read a lot. I had all the tools I’d been told to gather. But still I hesitated. What was I missing?
By Avrie Roberts, Guest Contributor
If you’re non-military minded, like me, the thought of writing battle scenes makes you inwardly groan. Maybe also like me, you hate every attempt you’ve made at writing those scenes. You can get away with not including warfare in some stories, but what happens when you can’t avoid it any longer?