How to Direct a Super-Short Film from Scratch

By Catherine L. Haws, Student ContributorAre you curious about making movies, but a bit overwhelmed when you think about where to start?Right here, right now, I’d like to awaken your imagination on how you can start making a short film TODAY. We’re going to take the pressure off, shoot small, and have some fun.Go ahead …

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Why Fanfiction Isn’t a Waste of Time

By Kait Vincent, Student ContributorFanfiction isn’t a waste of time. Not for young writers. (Not for old ones, either.)The first time I wrote a fanfic, I didn’t know what “fanfiction” was. I was about nine, and I’d just suffered the unexpected death of a favorite character from Artemis Fowl. In a fit of passion, I …

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How Genre Gave Me Confidence

By Meredith Lundell, Student ContributorDid you know that “family saga” is a genre of literature? I didn’t until last month when a research project sent me into the world of literary agents. When I saw “family saga” listed among the genres a particular agent was interested in, it was the quintessential “light bulb” moment for …

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Operation Grendel: The Scoop on Daniel Schwabauer’s New Novel

Daniel Schwabuer’s military sci-fi novel, Operation Grendel, has been picked up by Enclave Publishing! It will be released as a limited-edition hardcover in March 2021, with the paperback slated for December. The novel tells the tale of military journalist Raymin Dahl, who thinks he’s finally getting the story of a lifetime. Envoys to secret peace …

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Susan Sader: Interview With a One Year Adventure Novel Writer & Artist

Interview between Tineke Bryson (Staff Member) and Susan Sader (Guest Contributor)TINEKE: Hi, Susan. It’s lovely to be featuring you on the One Year Adventure Novel today. For those who don’t already know you—you’re both a writer and an artist. Tell us a little about the type of art you do.SUSAN: Hey Tineke! Thank you for inviting …

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Cyber Summer Workshop: In Their Own Words

Since their genesis in 2010, the annual One Year Adventure Novel Summer Workshops have been a highlight of many an “OYAN” student’s year. When COVID hit and workshop made the transition to an online-only event for the first time, everyone here on staff was determined to capture the liveliness, education, and fun of the in-person …

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Blogs Are Always Right (And Other Misconceptions)

By Lydia DeGisi, Student ContributorWhen I was probably around eleven years old, I read a nonfiction book called Plot by a woman named Ansen Dibell. It was published in 1988, is considered a writing craft cornerstone by no one, and is criticized on Amazon for covering little original ground. I loved it, reading and rereading …

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Critique Groups: What to Expect

 An interview by Tineke BrysonOne of the most exciting aspects of the Summer Workshop is also—for some!—the most intimidating: critique groups. Every afternoon, students spend several hours in a small group setting where they give and receive input on passages from their novels. It’s a really amazing opportunity to grow as a writer and to …

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Peanuts Don’t Come Between Me and My Writing Workshop

By Lela Grattet, Student ContributorPicture an unremarkable sixteen-year-old girl mowing lawns and babysitting children who never stop screaming, for an entire summer, all in effort to travel to Kansas.People laugh at her when she says she’s excited for this trip to Kansas where she will spend five days learning how to be a better writer, …

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Free Gifts of the Writing Life

By Collin Suttle, Student Contributor“One of the gifts of being a writer is that it gives you an excuse to do things,…” Anne Lamott, Bird by BirdFor as long as I can remember, I’ve heard authors talk about how hard writing is. I’ve heard them talk about the satisfaction of progress made, or the reward …

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