An Advanced Writing Workshop for Older Students
Dates and information about the next Winter Workshop will be available in fall 2017.
The Winter Workshop is only open to students 18 and older who use The One Year Adventure Novel (OYAN) under a valid license. Your curriculum license number is required to apply.
It’s a fantastic week of teaching sessions on advanced writing topics, one-on-one mentoring, and fun with other students. Whether you’re a long-time member of the One Year Adventure Novel creative community or looking to attend a workshop for the first time, the Winter Workshop is a stimulating and non-intimidating way to take your writing to the next level.
Location & Lodging
All Winter Workshop students and staff stay on-site at Heartland Center about 15 miles from the Kansas City international airport.
The center offers comfortable living arrangements and 3 meals per day (includes dinner Friday night and breakfast Wednesday morning). Rooms are hotel-style and shared. Rooms in the Women’s Dorm have two double beds. Rooms in the Men’s Dorm have three twin beds. Each room has its own full bathroom. Bed linens, pillows, blankets, and towels are provided.
Parents may, of course, choose to stay off-site if they prefer.
Friday, December 30, 2016 – Wednesday, January 4, 2017
Check-in begins at 3:00 p.m. Do not arrive on-site before 1:00 p.m. Dinner is at 6:00 p.m. A short meeting will follow, at 7:00 p.m., to review the rules and the week ahead, followed by fun, visiting, and games.
9:00 a.m. through evening session; followed by New Year’s Eve festivities
9:00 a.m. service followed by sessions through evening
9:00 a.m. through evening session
9:00 a.m. through evening session
Breakfast. Check out of dorms by 10:00 a.m. Leave Heartland Center by noon.
We may require that students complete some short readings. These will be printed in the workshop program, for easy reference, but we will also make them available to students ahead of time if we can. We know some of you prefer to read before you arrive.
All students receive a 30-minute mentoring session with one of our staff or speakers. We want to encourage you in your specific writing goals and help you identify any areas you may want to focus on.
The page where you pay your student balance provides a place for you to upload a 2,500–3,000-word excerpt of your writing to form the basis of your session. If you don’t upload an excerpt, we will base your mentor session on the creative writing sample you submit with your application.
Your excerpt must be double-spaced, in 12-point Courier New or Times New Roman, and may be creative fiction or nonfiction, but not poetry. Include your full name, curriculum license number, and the genre at the top. It can be an excerpt from a larger work as long as it is easy to follow. If this is the case, start with a brief note about where the excerpt falls in the narrative.
All students are assigned a critique group. Groups are typically comprised of 7 people, including the leader.
Your critique group will meet Saturday–Tuesday. You will need to bring 7 copies of your excerpts, compliant with standard manuscript formatting (12-point Courier New or Times New Roman font; double spaced; see The Compass, lesson 77 for more info). Front-and-back printing is permitted for the Winter Workshop.
• Please note that we do not have a printer on-site, so you must print your excepts before you arrive. You may bring work of fiction or nonfiction, including short stories, but not poetry.
• Your excerpts need not all be from the same writing project. The total word count of your combined excerpts should be between 6’000 words (roughly 24 pages) and 12’000 words (roughly 48 pages).
• Your excerpts need not be neatly divided into 4 equal parts, and you are also allowed to bring selections from more than one writing project. Although your group may run out of time to cover all of what you bring, we want you to come prepared.
Once again, we will have a Writer’s Resource Table. We will set out writer help books that you can take a look at over the course of the workshop. These resource books are not for sale; the idea is to offer an opportunity to figure out if any would be helpful to check out of your library or purchase elsewhere.
If you have writing resources you would like fellow writers to have the benefit of perusing, please bring them! Remember to write your name in the inside cover. Be assured any book(s) you bring will be restricted to the lobby area.
The 2017 Winter Workshop is only open to persons 18 or older by December 30, 2016. We cannot make exceptions.
Parents may attend the workshop for free. Parents are not obligated to stay or eat on-site, but are welcome to buy meal and accommodation tickets!
Siblings may NOT attend unless they are participating as a registered student 18 or older—even if the sibling wants to accompany their parent.
Registration, lodging, and meals ……………….. $550
• The price includes a workshop t-shirt.
• Students must make a fully-refundable $100 deposit to apply. The remaining $450 is due by November 20.
• We are not able to offer a discounted student price for students who are siblings.
** There is also a $1.00 logistical fee because the parent ticket form requires a baseline price. **
Lodging ……………….. $150
Meal plan …………….. $165
Includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner Saturday morning through Tuesday night, PLUS dinner on Friday night and breakfast Wednesday morning.
When you make your balance payment (student) or purchase a meal ticket (parent), you will have an opportunity to list dietary restrictions and food allergies of any kind.
We no longer take roommate requests by email.
You will have an opportunity to request one or more roommates when you pay your student balance (student) or purchase an accommodation ticket (parent). The Men’s Dorm is 3 to a room of 3 twin beds; the Women’s Dorm is 4 to a room of 2 full-size beds. Matching roommate requests must be submitted by all parties.
• Parents may pay for more than one accommodation spot if they do not wish to share a full-size bed (Women’s Dorm) or room.
• If you are coming as a married couple and wish to room together, please email email@example.com about availability. It may be possible, but will depend on the number of attendees.
• Same-gender parents are roomed with the student unless otherwise indicated on the ticket forms.
Airport Shuttle Service
The $30 optional airport shuttle provides pick-up service from Kansas City International Airport (flight code MCI) to the workshop on Friday, December 30, and return service to KCI on Wednesday, January 4.
General service times:
– Friday, Dec. 30: 1:00–6:00 p.m., Central
– Wednesday, Jan. 4: through 11:45 a.m., Central
We will not leave you stranded at the airport if your flight is delayed, etc., but please book your flights with these run times in mind so that you do not miss out on any activities, or spend hours waiting in the airport. The Kansas City airport does not have many food options for long waits.
To take advantage of this service you must purchase your ticket by December 15.
• Unlike years past, you will enter your flight information when you purchase your ticket, in an online form.
• When making flight reservations, please note that KCI is short for Kansas City International, but “MCI” is the official flight code.
• If you only need the shuttle service in one direction, please purchase the shuttle ticket (type “N/A” in non-applicable fields), and then email firstname.lastname@example.org to request a 50 percent refund.
• If you have any questions about flight scheduling, please contact us prior to purchasing your flight tickets.
Here is a general overview of the daily schedule:
Reflection by speaker or staff member
2 sessions with a short intermission
Student critique groups and mentor sessions
7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
“Mr. S.” is the creator of The One Year Adventure Novel creative writing curriculum 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.
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.
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—she learned her editing craft from Jeff Gerke, a frequent and beloved speaker at our Summer Workshops. The Out of Time Series, her dystopian trilogy, is contracted with Enclave Publishing. Books one and two, A Time to Die and A Time to Speak, are available on her author website, NadineBrandes.com. A Time to Rise released in October. She and her husband make their home in Missouri.
Tineke Bryson (Honors in Writing, Houghton College) lives in the very center of a pretty complicated Venn diagram, right where fiction and nonfiction, creating and editing, and American, European, and West African culture meet. Tineke grew up abroad, and before joining The One Year Adventure Novel, she worked as an editor.
She and her husband, Matthias, live in Lawrence, Kansas. She loves British history, West African history, reading middle-grade fiction, and collecting moths.
Stephanie Morrill lives in Overland Park, Kansas, with her husband and three kids. She is the author of The Reinvention of Skylar Hoyt series and the Ellie Sweet series, and co-authored Go Teen Writers: How to Turn Your First Draft Into a Published Book. Her newest book, The Lost Girl of Astor Street, a mystery set in 1920s Chicago, releases in February 2017. She enjoys encouraging and teaching teen writers on her blog, GoTeenWriters.com.
To connect with Stephanie and read samples of her books, check out StephanieMorrill.com.
How to Apply
Apply and make $100 deposit by November 1, 2016.
This year the application questions are part of the $100 deposit ticket form. You must apply even if you have been accepted for a previous Winter Workshop.
The deposit will be refunded in full if we are unable to accept your application. If you prefer to pay your student balance at the same time as you make your deposit, you may. If we are unable to accept you as a student, we will refund all payment in full.
About the Application and Deposit Form
2. We require a submission of creative writing in PDF format. The file you upload must contain your full name. This piece must be 2,500–3,000 words, double-spaced, in 12-point Courier New or Times New Roman, and may be creative fiction or nonfiction, but not poetry. Include your full name, curriculum license number, and the genre at the top. It can be an excerpt from a larger work as long as it is easy to follow, and you begin with a brief note to indicate where the excerpt falls in the narrative.
You need to have this PDF ready before completing the online application. You will not be permitted to submit your online application without uploading this writing sample.
3. The application form also asks for a one-paragraph explanation of your desire to attend the Winter Workshop. You may wish to prepare an answer to this question before completing the online form, so that you can paste a thoughtful response into the space provided.
4. If this will be your first Winter Workshop, you will also need to upload a photo that shows your face. We will only use the photo to help us get to know you; it won’t be made public.
We will contact you about your acceptance within 15 business days of receiving your application.
STUDENTS: Pay your student balance by November 20, 2016.
When you pay your student balance, you also:
• request roommates (optional)
• upload a PDF scan of your Waiver Form (required)
• upload an excerpt for your mentor session (optional; if you don’t upload one, we’ll just use the creative writing sample you submitted when you applied).
If you do not pay your balance by November 20, your spot will be forfeited and all payment refunded. Please note that we can sometimes work with unusual circumstances if you communicate with us.
Please DO NOT email or mail us your Waiver Form. You must upload a PDF scan to your student balance payment.
PARENTS: Pay for your lodging and/or meal plan by November 20, 2016.
Parents attend free, but may purchase tickets for a meal plan and accommodation.
How do I get shuttle transportation?
If you are flying, and will need transportation from and/or back to the airport from Heartland Center, please pay for a shuttle ticket by December 15.
Full refunds are issued for cancellations made by November 30, 2016. After November 30, we cannot refund your deposit.
Clear Water Press (publisher of The One Year Adventure Novel) is not in a position to offer scholarships for the Winter Workshops. However, this year an anonymous donor is offering two scholarships of $300! If you have financial need, you are welcome to apply. Apply by November 1, 2016. You will receive an email response within 15 business days.
Places of Interest (for parents)
The Country Club Plaza – KC
The Nelson-Atkins 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