By Teresa Rudd, Parent Contributor
I guess you could say that I wandered aimlessly in the wilderness of creative writing for forty years before encountering for the first time the One Year Adventure Novel curriculum.
By Lydia Davis, Student Contributor
The act of creation attracts a surprising variety of fears. Part of this is because creativity refuses to be predictable. No matter how thoroughly you plot a novel, there’s inevitably some aspect that catches you off guard. Writing can be unknowable and unexpected. Sometimes, that’s what makes it exciting . . . but not all the time.
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 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 Caitlyn Meissner, Guest Contributor
The movie theater isn’t your only portal to adventure. Adventure is all around you, ready to be lived, written about, enjoyed. You don’t need a microscope to see it. Just a perspective change.