The One Year Adventure Novel program is a writing curriculum that guides students grades 8–12 step by step through the process of writing a compelling, fully structured novel in one school year. Associated with this program is a vibrant community of fiction writers, including adult writers who have graduated from the program. The community stays actively connected through an online writing forum, a Facebook group, and semiannual (Summer and Winter) week long writing workshop/retreats in Kansas.
In 2008, I began my time in the One Year Adventure Novel program through what is now known as the Olathe Fiction Class – the initial self-proclaimed “guinea pig” class which kickstarted the curriculum. Since then, I have remained active in the program – attending almost every Summer Workshop (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016) and every Winter Workshop (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017) thus far, and serving as a critique group leader and student speaker at several of those. I have also served as a volunteer Writing Mentor on the OYAN online forum.
At the 2018 Summer Workshop, I was invited for the first time as a speaker, giving a talk entitled “Know What You Write: Creative Research for Creative Writers.“