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Video-based and self-directed, The One Year Adventure Novel high school writing curriculum is easy to use as a homeschooling family.

Getting Started

How to Use the One Year Adventure Novel homeschool high school writing curriculum

1. When you order your set, save the shipment notification email! In addition to the tracking number, the email contains your curriculum license number(s).* You will need this number to access the support features we offer in our Creative Community.

2.You will also receive an email with a temporary password to access your Cloud account. To log in, you can follow the link provided in the email OR go to the Cloud video portal under the “Student Resources” tab on the One Year Adventure Novel webpage to sign in.

3.Watch the “How to Use” video if you are the student; watch the “For Parents” video if you are the parent/teacher. If you have a DVD set (no longer available), both are on disc 1.

* In the past, license numbers were printed on the packing slip and sales receipt, or, if you ordered your set before April 2014, on a colorful glossy document placed in the box. If you’ve lost your number, email us with your name and shipping address and we will look it up!

How Lessons Work

  1. Watch the 15–18-minute video lesson.
  2. Read the accompanying lesson in the textbook.
  3. Read any assigned readings as directed in the text (some lessons do not have assigned readings).
  4. Complete the corresponding brainstorming and outlining questions in the workbook (first semester), or write your chapter draft for the lesson, based on your plans in the workbook (second semester).

Join Our Creative Community

With a valid curriculum license number, students have access to a vibrant community of young writers. See the Creative Community page for an overview of the support features and events we offer.

Here’s how to get involved:

1. Create a Student Forum account. The account must be in the name of the student, not a parent. Do not use your real name as your screen name; it is generally wise to avoid displaying personal information online.
Student Forum details »


2. Check on the Student Forum for any upcoming webinars. Once your account is approved, you can attend any scheduled webinars (announced via e-newsletter) or watch recordings of past webinars.
Webinar details »


3. Start reading the ideas and writing excerpts other students are posting on the forum and offer your feedback. You’ll quickly find that when you take time to help other students with their writing, they will be eager to give you feedback in return.


4. Learn about our annual Student Novel Contest—we highly encourage you to submit!

Read more about the contest »


5. Consider planning to join us for our Summer Workshop. Teaching sessions, critique groups, engaging speakers, and fellow OYAN students!
Summer Workshop Details »

Adding Students

Under a Household License, you can order new workbooks at any time—whether to go through the curriculum another time (many want to!) or to get another student in your household started. To place an order for a new workbook, you will need to supply your curriculum license number.

New workbooks come with their own curriculum license number so each student can have their own forum account, contest submissions, etc.

Order new workbooks » 

Co-ops and Schools

Taking The One Year Adventure Novel (OYAN) in a group or class setting has one great advantage: it’s a ready-made opportunity for peer feedback.

The curriculum has been used by teachers in schools both public and private schools and in co-ops with great success.

As a teacher working in a homeschool cooperative, I’ve found Daniel Schwabauer’s One Year Adventure Novel both fun and exciting. All the work that’s been done pulling together … lectures, a very detailed workbook, and readings takes the drudge out of teaching this class. Standing back and watching students excitement grow as they learn first how to put a book together step-by-step and then actually write an adventure novel is fascinating and wonderful.

– Stephen L., Michigan

Now that we offer Cloud video streaming, there are TWO ways a group can view the lessons:

  1. Students can watch all the video lessons together during class time, meaning that students only need student materials. (Streaming account login info may not be shared between different households. DVD discs [OYAN is now only available in the Cloud version] may not be duplicated or passed between households. ).
  2. Each participating family can pay $35 for video streaming, in addition to student materials, so that students can watch lessons as homework, freeing class time for more discussion and feedback.

What You Need to Know

How to use the One Year Adventure Novel high school writing curriculum in a coop• You need a Group License to share One Year Adventure Novel (OYAN) between students who aren’t immediate family members.
Read the Group License Agreement »

• If your school or co-op has offered OYAN previously, you will need to renew their Group License to be able to offer the class again. It is $50 for a group of 5 or fewer students; $100 for a group of 6 or more. You can renew the license when you place your order for new student materials.

• If you purchased a Cloud set, renewed access to the Cloud is covered when you renew your Group License.

• One of the stipulations of the Group License is that your group must watch all the video lessons together in the same place (although private viewing by the teacher is, of course, fine) UNLESS each participating family pays for their own video streaming subscription.

• You can assign the readings and the questions in the workbook as homework to maximize your class time.

Materials You Need

• When we ship a set for group use, we exchange the textbook and regular teacher’s guide for the extended teacher guide, which is the student text plus helpful notes Daniel Schwabauer uses when he teaches One Year Adventure Novel live. These notes include discussion topics and guidelines for coordinating a live critique group.

• Each student needs a student set (workbook + textbook + copy of The Prisoner of Zenda).

• If there are siblings in the group, the sibling may purchase a $59 workbook only instead of a student set if the siblings are willing to share the textbook and The Prisoner of Zenda.

• To order materials for your group, please complete the Group & Co-op Order Form. We will use the information you provide to create your specialized invoice and will email it to you within 2 business days.

Schedule & Pacing

• There are 78 lessons, each beginning with a 15–18-minute video. We suggest covering 3 lessons per week.

• If your group only meets once a week, licensing requires that you watch the videos together during your weekly session. DVDs or Cloud access passwords may not be passed between homes.

• If you need to cover 3 lessons per week in order to fit the curriculum in your academic term/session, your weekly class time needs to be at least 75 minutes, but preferably 90 minutes, to allow for up to 54 minutes of video viewing and some discussion.

• Some schools, co-ops, and study groups choose to slow down the pace and cover 2 lessons per week; some co-ops split the course into two co-op sessions.


• You will save a lot on shipping if you order all materials to be shipped to a single address. We are happy to provide a shipping quote if you send us your address and the list of materials you will need.

• It can be a good idea to enlist parents as readers of student chapter drafts. Grading the coursework and quizzes is easy and quick, but offering reader feedback on many student novel chapter drafts simultaneously can become overwhelming, depending on the number of students in the class.

• “Reader feedback” means reading each page and making a one-word comment in the margin indicating your emotional response to the page. For example, you might write “intrigued,” or “confused.” This offers the student valuable insight into how close they got to their target in each section. Reader feedback does not involve correcting, editing, or supplying advice or solutions. It is something any person can offer, whether they like to write and read or not.

If you need to place your order as a purchase order, please see the first section under Charter Schools, directly below.

Study Groups

A small study group meeting in a home, coffee shop, etc., is licensed in the same way as a co-op class or class in a school. Please see “Co-ops and Schools” above.

Any situation in which students from more than one household are meeting together to view the lessons is a group. Unless each individual student’s family separately owns their own Household License, the students will need to meet under a Group License.

Charter Schools

How to use the One Year Adventure Novel high school writing curriculum through a charter schoolYes, we accept purchase orders!

How to place a purchase order »

Cover Story, Byline, and The One Year Adventure Novel are all published by Clear Water Press. If you are not sure if we are an approved vendor, please check to see if we are already on the approved vendor list under one of these other names.

If we have not yet been considered as a potential vendor, contact your educational representative, who can then contact us directly about becoming an approved vendor.

Before you order through a charter or school, please read through the license information below:

When a charter school orders a curriculum set from us, they have two choices as far as how their orders are licensed. When we receive an order or purchase order from a new charter school, we contact the charter about choosing a license agreement.

The majority of charter schools choose Group Licensing because they have to treat non-consumables as charter assets; a few decide not to require the return of non-consumable materials, preferring Household Licensing.

Licensing Options for a Charter School

• Non-expiring Household License •

The license is in the name of the student’s family and all materials belong permanently to the family, not the charter. Once the set has been used by the family, it can’t be given back to the charter for re-use with a new student. Selling or passing it on voids the license.

Read the Household License Agreement »


Students often want to stay involved in our vibrant Creative Community for more than one year. It is common for students to want to write another novel with the curriculum once they complete their first.

A Household License allows students like this to use the curriculum and support resources for many years without paying yearly license renewal fees. But it does also mean the set can’t be passed back into the charter system for re-use. We do not complete used sets except in the case of a Group License.

• Year-by-year Group License •

The license is in the name of the charter, and the non-consumable materials in the sets are returned to the charter once the student is finished with the curriculum.

The partial set can then be used by a new student with the payment of a license renewal fee of $50 and the purchase of new consumables for $59.

Read the Group License Agreement »


A Group License allows more than one family to make use of a set. The first family using One Year Adventure Novel would pay $249 for the Cloud version (first year of licensing included in price of set), but subsequent families would pay $109 ($50 license renewal fee + $59 new workbook).

A Group License is the only way for a charter to make use of a returned set of The One Year Adventure Novel and provide a new student with access to support and a new workbook.

Special Note to Parents of Charter School Students

Please note that unless your charter school gives you full and indefinite rights to the materials (which is rare), your student will be using the curriculum under the charter’s one-year license.

This means that if you want to continue using the materials beyond the expiration date of the license, you will need to renew the license for each year of additional use. (Gaps in use are fine.) It is $50 to renew, assuming you are using it with no more than 5 children in the year of coverage. And you would need to order a Student Set for each additional student.

If you anticipate many years of use, we recommend that you order from us directly, under a Household License, not through the charter. It will save you in the long run.

Please refer to Families, at the top of this page, for an overview of how to use the curriculum in your home.

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