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The One Year Adventure Novel Writing Curriculum:
A homeschool writing curriculum package taught for you on DVD including a high-quality textbook, workbook and companion materials.

An expansion module for the
O.Y.A.N. Writing Program

Building upon the extensive concepts in the One Year Adventure Novel curriculum, Other Worlds focuses specifically on the genres of Science Fiction and Fantasy. The course takes students through an exploration of the origins, progression, and unique aspects of both genres. Mr. Schwabauer also gives specific instruction on writing stories of these types.

Other Worlds can be used as a second full year of creative writing instruction, or as an independent study module. The course includes a two semester assignment schedule for students who want to take the course for credit. Either way, students should go through the One Year Adventure Novel course first since the extensive writing concepts covered in O.Y.A.N. are not repeated in Other Worlds.

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The "Other Worlds" Curriculum is taught on DVD by award-winning novelist Daniel Schwabauer. In addition to the DVD set, the package includes an anthology of genre-specific works, and a student workbook uniquely tailored for writing Science Fiction and Fantasy.

The Other Worlds package includes:

"Collision Course" - An Anthology

A collection of classic Science Fiction and Fantasy stories that represent the topics in the video lessons. H.G. Wells, Jules Verne, Cordwainer Smith, and many others demonstrate the otherness of each genre.
5.5 x 8.5".

writing curriculum texkbook

writing curriculum workbookThe Other Map

A workbook designed specifically for students writing Science Fiction or Fantasy novels. Based on the questions in the Map, the Other Mao is redesigned with genre-specific questions to help students outline a Science Fiction or Fantasy novel.

8.5 x 11".

Set of Instructional DVDs

Disc 1: Where did science fiction come from? What makes it a distinct genre? How is it used as a tool to shape American culture? Eight lessons explore the history, characteristics and biases of the genre.

Disc 2: Fantasy is the oldest genre in the world. What makes it different from other genres, and how is used to communicate Truth--and lies--in literature? Six lessons explore the history and potential of Fantasy as a story type.

Disc 3: A writing workshop that focuses on the techniques and principles of speculative fiction. Six lessons designed to help you understand the defining principles of speculative fiction and learn to write powerful science fiction and fantasy.

A complete list of topics and descriptions of each subject can be viewed below.

Resource disc containing:

* A library of science fiction and fantasy short stories and novels.

resource disk* Writing tools and printable forms

* Author files - Overviews of the genres' masters and their worldviews

* Cool computer wallpapers


The Other Worlds curriculum is designed for those who have aready completed the One Year Adventure Novel creative writing program. Other Worlds builds upon important concepts addressed in the OYAN curriculum and makes no attempt to revisit these concepts. Therefore, students should NOT attempt to write a novel using the Other Worlds course without first completing OYAN.


Discs 1 & 2 provide a facinating look into the history and specifics of the two genres as well as how they have impacted our culture. Thus, parents, teachers, and siblings should find this information compelling even if they have no interest in writing.

{ Course Topics and Descriptions }

Disc 1 - Science Fiction

1. “Other Worlds” (Science Fiction vs. Fantasy)
What defines the genres and how do they differ from each other? An overview of the course and the basic rules of speculative fiction.

2. “Knot My Type” (Types and Categories)
The sub-genres of science fiction can be categorized by three defining principles: Humanity, Ideas and Technology. 

3. “Frankenstein’s Monsters” (The Roots of SF)
Frankenstein is widely considered the first SF story. In this lesson we go back to the roots of the genre to examine how and why it came into being.

4. “The Golden Age of Atheism” (The Golden Age)
Science, atheism and storytelling. SF has been shaped by a long list of humanist writers with a distinct worldview.

5. “Bug -Eyed Monsters” (SF in Hollywood)
How Hollywood treats SF, both historically and today.

6. “A New Creation Myth” (SF Mythology)
The impact of Darwinism on stories. Science Fiction as a way of placing mankind in time.

7. “Heaven on Earth” (SF Heaven)
Utopias and dystopias. Humanism’s need for hope is expressed in many of Science Fiction’s favorite story cliches, but refuted by reality.

8. “Unidentified Flying Otherness” (SF Gods)
Science Fiction’s love affair with aliens and UFOs is an expression of our human need for otherness - the desire for there to be something “out there.” If God is out there, Science Fiction isn’t a problem.

Disc 2 - Fantasy

9. “Ancient Worlds” (The deep roots of Fantasy)
Myths, stories of the unknown, fairytales and children’s stories are all rooted in fantastic literature.

10. “Through the Looking Glass” (Types of Fantasy)
Fantasy as a reflection of reality. A brief look at Fantasy’s sub-genres: High and Low Fantasy, Superheroic, Allegory, Animal Fantasy.

11. “Dark Worlds” (Horror and Fantasy)
Navigating dark waters without getting wet. The effect of Dark Fantasy on the genre, and on readers. 

12. “Swords & Sandals” (Early & Movie Fantasy)
Pulp fiction during the Industrial age. Fantasy grows up on the silver screen. 

13. “The Pagan Journey” (Pagan Fantasy)
The current trend in Fantasy literature is towards paganism. Where does the trend begin and end, and how does it depart from reality? Why should we care?

14. “Divine Worlds” (Truth in Fantasy)
Masters of Fantasy who used the genre to speak Truth to their cultures. Christianity is a springboard for the imaginative creation of other worlds, which are possible because christianity sees otherness in reality.
The potential of fantasy to inspire.

Disc 3 - Writing Science Fiction & Fantasy

15. “World Building” (World building)
What makes a world other-than? Aspects of a world that are shaped by otherness.

16. “The Price of Otherness” (Supernatural vs. technology)
The defining question you must answer before you write your novel.

17. “Uncommon Heroes” (Genre heroes)
The mistake of royalty. How and why you should pick a hero from the masses. How is the hero impacted by otherness?

18. “Sharpening Knaves” (Villains)
The ideas that make good villains: villains as part of the 
price of otherness, and as reflections of another world.

19. “Alien Races” (Creatures, monsters & alien races)
Fitting your characters and creations to the otherness of your world.

20. “Revealing Truth” (Progressive Revelation)
What to reveal when: how to make Truth come through your story.

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Your Instructor

Daniel Schwabauer, M.A., is editor of Crosswind Comics, where he develops educational materials for youth-at-risk and prison inmates. His professional work includes novels, stage plays, radio scripts, short stories, newspaper columns, comic books, non-fiction ghost writing, and scripting for the PBS animated series Auto-B-Good.

He created the Amazing True Life Stories series as well as The Amazing Gospel graphic novel, which has been translated into several languages around the world.

Ben Franklin AwardHe has received numerous writing awards, including the 2005 Ben Franklin Award for Best New Voice in Children’s Literature for his novel, Runt the Brave, and the 2007 Best Books Award for his novel, Runt the Hunted. He holds a Masters in Creative Writing. He lives in near Kansas City with his wife and daughter.

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