The One Year Adventure Novel course 

Whether you have a student who loves to write, and you know they need training to take their gift to the next level—or a student who could just use a fun change of pace from traditional English curriculum—we recommend this course for you.

Through 78 video lessons, The One Year Adventure Novel curriculum guides 9th–12th grade students step by step in creating an original, fully-structured, emotionally-compelling adventure novel—in one school year.

The program’s unique approach to writing begins where many writing courses don’t go at all, with an exploration of Story.

The curriculum is taught on video by award-winning author Daniel Schwabauer. You can choose between Cloud video streaming and DVDs. Extensive support resources that come with a curriculum license offer young writers a place in a vibrant creative community. Read more »

The course is worth one full high school English credit.



  • What makes a story interesting?
  • Why do we like some characters and despise others?
  • What elements of a great book pull us into its world and compel us to keep turning pages?

Curriculum Package Includes:

The Compass – Textbook

Compass textbook

A textbook with detailed explanations of the concepts explored in each video lesson and sections of classic adventure novels used for study.

8.5″ x 11″

The Map – Workbook

The Map workbook

A workbook with 400+ questions designed to develop the student’s initial story idea into a compelling, coherent story that can sustain a whole novel. The Map is a creative guide, offering direction in making the story more effective.
8.5″ x 11″

Set of Instructional DVDs OR Cloud Video Access

Set of DVDsThere are 78 video lessons, covering every topic and each step in the curriculum. Each lesson is about 10 to 15 minutes long and is taught using a variety of reinforcements.

Your student will not be bored!

Bonus Resources

  • resource disk

    26 weekly quizzes that can be administered by computer.

  • Video FAQs
  • 14 classic adventure novels. See list below!
  • Computer desktop images/wallpaper

The Prisoner of Zenda

Prisoner of Zenda novel

Anthony Hope’s classic swashbuckling tale of court intrigue and double-identity in trade paperback format.

5.5″ x 8.5″

Teacher’s Guide

Teacher's Guide - Home edition

An easy-to-use system for grading student work and helping them improve their writing skills.

5.5″ x 8.5″


More Information

Unique Extras!

  • Online Student Forum (ages 13–19)
  • “Ask the Teacher” board – post questions for your instructor, Mr. Schwabauer, via the Student Forum.
  • Free entry in The One Year Adventure Novel annual Student Novel Contest
  • Digital copy of your student’s finished novel on Student Forum. (Some restrictions may apply.)
  • Live webinars with Mr. & Mrs. S.
  • Access to our annual Summer Workshop

A valid curriculum license is required.

• Worth one high school English credit.
• Though the course is non-sectarian, the instructor has a biblical worldview.

Read more on FAQ page »

What It Isn’t:

  • It’s not a spelling curriculum.
  • It’s not a traditional English course. We do study some classic novels, but we don’t cover everything a traditional high school English class covers (essays, for example). The things we do cover, we cover in far more depth than most college courses.
  • It’s not fluffy. You will be challenged.


Prepare to see a transformation in the way your student reads and watches fiction! There’s something about writing a novel that opens your eyes to how other stories are put together. Your student will not read books or watch movies the same way again!

Your Student Will Read:

The Prisoner of Zenda cover to cover—the structure of the novel features prominently in the video lessons.
Excerpts from classic adventure novels:

Black Rock, by Ralph Connor
Tarzan of the Apes, by Edgar Rice Burroughs
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain
The Blood Ship, by Norman Springer
Treasure Island, by Robert Louis Stevenson
The Man-Eaters of Tsavo, by Lieut.-Col. J. H. Patterson, D.S.O.
A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens
The Land that Time Forgot, by Edgar Rice Burroughs
Runt the Hunted, by Daniel Schwabauer
The Jungle Book, by Rudyard Kipling

Optional classic novels on the Resource Disc:

A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens
Badge of Infamy, by Lester Del Rey
Black Rock, by Ralph Connor
Captains Courageous, by Rudyard Kipling
Gift of the Magi (short story), by O. Henry
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain
King Solomon’s Mines, H. Rider Haggard
Rupert of Hentzau (sequel to Zenda), by Anthony Hope
Tarzan of the Apes, by Edgar Rice Burroughs
That Printer of Udell’s, by Harold Wright
The Blood Ship, by Norman Springer
The Jungle Book, by Rudyard Kipling
Treasure Island, by Robert Louis Stevenson
Wulf the Saxon, by G. A. Henty

These classic novels are presented unabridged as text files on the Resource Disc.
The Prisoner of Zenda is also included as a text file.


DemoDisc-Image-3programs-storeYou may request a physical Demo DVD with sample lessons. This DVD includes samples from The One Year Adventure Novel and Byline (high school) and Cover Story (middle school.)

PLEASE NOTE: You also have immediate access to all the content included on the demo here online:

One Year Adventure Novel sample lessons
Byline sample lessons (NEW!)
Cover Story sample lessons
Student Videos