By Daniel Schwabauer
The OYAN Summer Workshop always changes me. And every year I struggle for the words to explain how and why.
Compiled by Staff
One Year Adventure Novel students often talk about the Summer Workshop as their “Rivendell” (from The Lord of the Rings)—a place of peace and restoration where the arts are in their rightful place. The Winter Workshop, then, is like Lothlorien, a quieter and more intimate haven of the elves, as a student pointed out this year.
A review of Story Coaching by a student and her mother
This week we announced a new 3-month track of Story Coaching! Holly, a One Year Adventure Novel student, and her mother, Angie, kindly agreed to share their thoughts on the pilot program we ran this summer, so you could get a feel for what Story Coaching is like. Hurry over to the Story Coaching page and apply—there are only 10 spots this fall!
Kyle de Waal, Guest Contributor
The deadline to enter our annual Student Novel Contest is August 15, 2015—in 3 days! If you’ve been holding back, afraid to submit your novel, Kyle challenges you to think about the contest in a different and fun way.
Daniel Schwabauer (“Mr. S.” to many of you) recorded an audio presentation of one of his favorite short stories, “Mountain Man,” a Breckenridge Elkins story by Robert E. Howard. The story, read by Daniel, features his very own genuine acting voice. This may, or may not, be a plus. We hope you enjoy your gift as much as he enjoyed creating it for you.
I now have a new sidebar gadget that shows the progress of my various novel projects. These progress bars are great because they add two things to my writing day: public accountability and a sense of personal satisfaction.
This blog need not be a closed playground. The OYAN community is a tremendous resource, and it has occurred to us more than once over the past year that the collective experience of so many talented young writers ought to have a place here.