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 8th–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 DVD by award-winning author Daniel Schwabauer. 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:

Compass textbookThe Compass

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 workbookThe Map

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

Set of DVDsDVDs containing all 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 Resource Disc Containing:

  • resource disk

    26 weekly quizzes that can be administered by computer.

  • Video FAQs
  • 14 classic adventure novels, including:
    Huckleberry Finn, Treasure Island, The Jungle Book, Black Rock, Captains Courageous, Rupert of Hentzau, Tarzan, King Solomon’s Mines, Peter Pan, and more!
  • Computer desktop images/wallpaper

Prisoner of Zenda novelThe Prisoner of Zenda

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

5.5″ x 8.5″

Teacher's Guide - Home editionTeacher’s Guide

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

5.5″ x 8.5″

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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.