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We understand why both eager and reluctant writers are frustrated by traditional writing assignments.

Whether you have a student who loves to write and needs training to take this gift to the next level, or a student who could just use a fun change of pace from a traditional English curriculum, we can help!

Through 78 video lessons, The One Year Adventure Novel high school English curriculum guides 9th–12th graders step by step in creating an original, fully-structured, 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 course is worth one full high school English credit.

Curriculum Package Includes:

The Compass, Textbook

Video Lessons – Cloud

The Map, Workbook

Prisoner of Zenda

Teacher’s Guide

Bonus Resources

A supportive creative community

creative writing community contests


Every year, we run a Student Novel Contest for our students. Any student under 20 who has a valid license and who finishes a novel that meets the course requirements can submit. It’s a great way for young writers to start sharing their writing.

Novel Contest details


Webinars are live, video-streamed meetings where “Mr. S.” discusses topics related to the course or to writing in general. Students can use the chat messaging feature to interact and ask questions. We offer two webinars per month, August–May.

More about Webinars
Learn from others in community webinars
Collaborate with other writers in our forum

Student Forum

Licensed students ages 13–19 may create (with parent permission) an online Student Forum account where they can ask questions and give and receive peer feedback on their writing.

We personally validate every new account, confirming that each member is a legitimate One Year Adventure Novel student to enhance the safety of our forum environment.

Student Forum Details

Writing Workshops

Every year we host week-long writing workshops: the Summer Workshop for ages 13+ and the Winter Workshop for ages 18+. Workshops are amazing fun, featuring sessions by authors, publishers, and agents; peer critique groups; and mentoring. There is a charge for these events, and a valid license is required.

Summer Workshop details
Summer and winter writing workshops
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