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Frequently Asked Questions about Our Writing Curriculum

Will you offer the DVD version again?

The cost to manufacture the DVDs has increased significantly since our last production, so the DVD version is unavailable indefinitely. We may be able to offer The One Year Adventure Novel DVD sets again in the future, however we have no timeline to do so.

Learn more about the Cloud version on our “Benefits to Cloud Streaming” page.

Can I purchase The One Year Adventure Novel at a convention?

We do travel to various home school conferences, though attendance may vary from year to year. For a listing of the specific conferences we will be attending this year, please visit our Events page.

Can I purchase your curriculum through another distributor?

We are the sole distributor of our curriculum, worldwide.

Is this curriculum approved for purchase with government funding?

The One Year Adventure Novel is published by Clear Water Press. Please contact your educational representative to find out if Clear Water Press is an approved vendor in your area or program. We may also be listed as “One Year Adventure Novel.”

Qualifications for government funding vary, but in general, yes, we are approved for government funding because we are nonsectarian. If we have not yet been considered as a potential vendor, your representative will contact us directly.

Does this curriculum contain religious material?

The One Year Adventure Novel curriculum is non-sectarian, and is approved for purchase with public funding. It is a writing program, not religious instruction. However, the instructor himself is a Christian, and everything taught in the course is compatible with a biblical worldview.

Most of the families who use our programs are Christians, but we also have families who are secular or of a different faith.

Do you accept purchase orders?

Yes, we accept purchase orders from organizations and schools that comply with our 30-day payment remitment policy (30 days from receipt of invoice).

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What are the Licensing terms?

Purchase of The One Year Adventure Novel writing curriculum includes either a Household License or a Group License.

Please note that used sets of The One Year Adventure Novel are not licensed. We do not sell licenses as an add-on.

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Read the Group License agreement »

Can an adult writer use this curriculum?

Adults are welcome to use The One Year Adventure Novel, but Daniel Schwabauer offers a course that is specifically designed for adult writers. It is called Story Coach. Story Coach covers the same in-depth Story training. You will not find it on the Clear Water Press web site because it is completely separate. Whereas adults using the high school course will find some of the interactive aspects unavailable to them because of age limits, Story Coach is made for adults.

How long does each class take?

The One Year Adventure Novel is designed to be used three days a week (about 1.5 hours per day) or five days per week for about an hour. The first semester has more readings, and the second semester is more writing intensive. This does not include the optional but encouraged critique time on the Student Forum.

Is it a supplement or a complete English course?

It can be used either way. However, it is not a traditional English curriculum. Students study classic adventure novels and write their own book through a process of answering questions and story building.

It offers a great deal of depth, because students learn by doing. In actually writing their own novel, they will understand characterization and conflict much better than they would by merely reading about them, or even by analyzing them in Romeo and Juliet or Cyrano de Bergerac. It is a little like learning to work on an engine. You can read as much as you want about how engines work, but some things must be learned by the experience of taking an engine apart and putting it back. Such practical experience builds understanding and confidence.

That’s the approach taken by The One Year Adventure Novel. First we take stories apart; then we put one together.

But because of this, the writing curriculum isn’t as broad in scope as a traditional English class. We don’t study as many topics as traditional curriculums do. And we don’t assign five-point essays. What we do study, we study in depth.

View Syllabus and Lesson Table »

Can I really use it as a high school English credit?

To be eligible for 1 credit, a course must involve a minimum of 120 hours of instruction and activities. On average, a student using One Year Adventure Novel (OYAN) will spend 1.5 to 2 hours on each lesson, including watching the video. There will be times, however, when the student will need more time for a chapter draft. [Notably, the second semester of OYAN is more time-intensive because the student is writing the chapters; some students are very wordy writers.] We anticipate this, and we intentionally allow wiggle room in the traditional school year schedule for using an extra day here and there. Accounting for this, every student will meet the 120-hour requirement handily.

What if I have more than one student in my home?

No problem. If you use the curriculum under a Household License, multiple students in the same household may use the curriculum as long as you purchase each one an additional student workbook.

You can order additional student workbooks at any time with a valid license number.

Additional student workbooks come with their own curriculum license number so each student has their own access to the support resources.

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Read about Household Licensing »

Can a second or third child in my home take the course in the future without buying the whole curriculum set again?

Yes, if you use the curriculum under a Household License, multiple students in the same household may use the curriculum over time or repeat the curriculum as long as you purchase each one an additional student workbook.

You can order additional student workbooks at any time with a valid license number.

Additional student workbooks come with their own curriculum license number so each student has their own access to the support resources.

Order additional workbooks »

Read about Household Licensing »

Is the Student Forum really necessary?

Although the Student Forum is not essential to the curriculum, it is much more than just a place to ask questions.

Read about the Student Forum »

Will my student's finished novel be publishable?

That depends on many factors, but the short answer is “probably not.” Why? Because of the market. Because of your student’s age. It’s hard to write a meaningful novel before you’ve really lived.

Publishing a novel through a traditional publisher takes an enormous amount of both skill and even luck. Yes, we know about young Christopher Paolini. It is possible. But it is not likely that your student will sell millions of copies of the novel they write during this course.

However, if they work hard and follow carefully the instructions in the writing curriculum, they may write a novel of publishable quality—and certainly they can see it up on the Student Forum. We also offer many opportunities through our Creative Community for students to improve their writing.

This looks great! But do you have anything for other age or grade ranges?

We also offer Cover Story for grades 6–9, and Byline for grades 9–12.

Visit the Cover Story website »

Visit the Byline website »

We do not offer any curriculum packages for lower elementary.

Can I choose a shipping method other than USPS Priority Mail?

We always ship USPS Priority Mail (or First Class Mail for small items) so that we can offer tracking—a non-negotiable for material of value. This usually takes 2 or 3 days within the United States.

We can’t accommodate requests to mail an order by regular mail or media mail.

How long does shipping take to Canada and internationally? Do you offer international shipping discounts?

Shipments to Canada or other international destinations often have to go through customs. We do not have control over how long the customs clearance process takes, but we mark international shipments as “Educational Material” in the hopes that it will be processed quickly.

The length of time a USPS Priority Mail shipment takes in transit varies by country. Transit for Canadian orders is typically 3 or 4 days besides the customs time. Transit to other international destinations is typically 6–10 days.

As a courtesy, we now cover $20 USD of the shipping costs on orders of $100 USD or more shipping to an international country.* For example, a medium-sized box costs $40.15 USD to Canada or $58.65 to other international destinations, so you would pay $20.15 USD or $38.65 USD respectively. This $20 discount is included in the automated shipping calculations when you place your order.

* Does not apply to discounted or sale purchases.

If I have more than one student using Cloud Access, are they each able to track their progress through the course and complete the quizzes using the streaming platform?

Cloud Access is offered via Thinkific, a streaming platform, and the course is designed to be used by one student. However, your students may choose to either view the video lessons together or each student may keep track of their progress elsewhere if viewing them separately.

We are happy to generate a separate completion certificate per additional student on request.

Since Thinkific only records answers and results for one round through each quiz, we recommend that additional students complete the quizzes directly on our website, where the online quizzes are also available, and each student may take them as many times as needed. Please make sure that your student enters an email address with each quiz so the results will be emailed to you.

You’re welcome to add Cloud Access for each additional student if that would work better for your family. You can use our Cloud Renewal product to add another access. Please make sure to use a unique email address for each Cloud Account.

Will my student’s progress and test results in Cloud reset if they return to any video lesson or quiz?

No, your student’s progress through the lessons and quizzes will not be affected if they revisit videos or quizzes. If you plan to record your student’s quiz results at the end of the semester or school year, you may click on each quiz without resetting the quiz answers and score.

What do you do with my customer account information and/or a student's forum account information?

We use your information to confirm your right to access certain features that we can’t provide to the general public. We NEVER sell or share your information with anyone for commercial purposes.

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