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The Co-op welcomes success stories that will help other homeschooling parents decide whether to add One Year Adventure Novel or Cover Story to their home school curriculum. If you have used One Year Adventure Novel or Cover Story and would like to contribute a testimonial, please click here for OYAN or click here for Cover Story.

 

”My son, 14, has received well-known, formal writing programs since 4th grade. His career will definitely not be in writing, but he used to love to write, read and journal. After those years of intensive writing classes, he now finds it boring and began to THOROUGHLY dislike writing or even reading a book. Because of this, I heavily researched other writing options for his 9th grade year, and God revealed Byline and Cover Story to me. Based on watching the online video samples and speaking to a Clear Water Press representative, I knew I found exactly what I was looking for! Reviewing both product offerings, we chose Cover Story for its animated, yet professional, instructional style. We're only two weeks into the program, but my son no longer has to be "pushed" to do his writing; he laughs at the videos, as well as listening intently. On day two, he actually "wished" he could finish reading the entire journal because he wanted to know how it ended! The lessons so far are short--just the right timeframe for introducing a new program. I've always been the kind of mom who participates in every subject and learns alongside my son, but this season of life is extremely busy and he is using it as it is designed to be as a 9th grader: independently. My job is to ensure he's doing it and will grade it once a month as suggested! I'm incredibly thankful for this approach for my "boy". If you have a reluctant writer because of other very good, but dry, writing programs, this is a great switch and a perfect fit for boys and those who have a good sense of humor. So far, so good! I definitely intend to continue using it and look forward to next year's Byline.”
Tracy Niess, Co-op Member
”We've tried novel writing curriculum in the past and we're unable to finish. But the OYAN breaks the process down in such a way that your student cannot fail. I am loving this curriculum and so is my daughter.”
Misti H., Co-op Member
”We are really enjoying this program. My 13 year old son, who does not enjoy writing, actually wants to participate. It is still challenging while being fun. I am so glad that we chose Cover Story this year.”
L. SELLERS, Co-op Member
”My son loves to write...on his own terms ;). We have found that some writing curricula are either too stifling or not instructive enough. OYAN is the perfect balance of structure and freedom. My son has been trying to write a novel for years. Since starting OYAN he has been able to really start to organize all his ideas into a structure that makes sense and will make a wonderful story. I have no doubt that by the end of the year he will have a well thought out story he can be proud of. I also love the fact that this curriculum can be used over and over if he decides to write more heroic quest novels! I highly recommend OYAN and any other writing program by the same publisher.”
Author mom, Co-op Member
”My son looks forward to this every day. The videos are engaging and we are planning on doing the one year adventure novel next year from the same company.”
Francine, Co-op Member
”I got this for my Freshman in High School who is a reluctant writer. She and I bought felt the prospect of her making a magazine on the topic of her choice would make righting more fun.

It wasn't a total success but we aren't sorry we did this.

Part of the course is a journal (to more or less keep interest in writing and foster ideas) and the other is writing in various genres to produce a variety of material for the magazine.

My daughter was not interested in the journal writing at all. Actually, she didn't mind it TOO much, she just didn't want me reading or grading it. To have any success in the program, we stopped the Journal after the first Unit. We were still able to successfully complete the course.

The videos are entertaining and engaging. While my daughter is not a fan of poetry, she does write it wonderfully thanks to this course.

The end product was a beautiful, diverse magazine on Dragons. My daughter is very proud of her accomplishment and while she may not have been overjoyed with the lessons as she was doing them, she, and I, were quite pleased with the result.

A word of caution. The author of the program suggests that the coursework only be graded at the end of each unit. This was a mistake for us. Without regular grading of the work, my daughter slacked off and didn't (a) complete the assignments fully on the day assigned and (b) hurt her progress in multi-lesson assignments. The course felt that grading every assignment would stifle the creative process. We found the exact opposite. Without grading each assignment she didn't feel that it was important and with multi-lesson assignments, when the first one was graded and not quite right, the subsequent lessons suffered.

All and all a positive experience but highly tailored to meet our needs.”
Sue B., Co-op Member
”As a former high school teacher, I am very impressed with this writing class and especially with the results. I love listening to the lessons as I follow along reading my daughter's work on her first novel. The lessons are truly fun! Yes, I really mean it - they are fun. The organization and work progression is so well done that I'm even inspired to begin writing a novel myself. My other daughter is using Byline at the same time. Both are well worth the price and we plan to purchase the follow-on courses - they are that good!”
Susan Foraker, Co-op Member
”My 14 year old daughter loves to read and enjoys writing. We were looking for a fun, creative curriculum and found it in OYAN! She also enjoys the interactive aspect of it and has learned lots from the DVDs. Mr. S is a great teacher. I would recommend this program for any student who has many wonderful stories locked away in their imagination. Mr. S does a great job at pulling those out.”
Joanne W., Co-op Member
”Byline is awesome! It is very creative and fun. Drawing students back into history is such a clever way to get kids to write and enjoy it. My son is enjoying the course more than I thought. He finds the stories intriguing, and has gone on to find out more about certain topics or people. He has always been a "history kid" and this course really helps to fuel that love.
The way Byline is presented is spectacular. The video lessons are fun, easy to follow, and engaging. They are of high quality and it is evident a lot of time and care has been put into them. I really couldn't recommend Byline enough. Being drawn into the 1930's as a newspaper reporter puts a unique angle on writing. I really feel this course would help any student, especially a reluctant writer. It is a fun and engaging way to learn to be a better writer.”
Yvonne Collins, Co-op Member
”My reluctant writer teenage son is loving the One Year Adventure Novel course! He's working steadily through the program and already talking about using the sci-fi program when he finishes.”
Lara, Co-op Member
”We have only looked at the material but will be using it fully this week. My son, is so excited to get into cover story. We have friends that have started and their children are loving it. He is most excited to share his finished project with his friend.”
Francine, Co-op Member
”I am so glad we ordered Cover Story as our Middle School Language Arts Curriculum for our 12 year old son, it seems as if it were made just for him, and now that I think about it, it probably was! Every part of this course is so thoughtfully and carefully planned to make it interesting and do-able for the student and enjoyable and easy to present for the teacher. We start with watching about a 15min. video that introduces the days lesson that usually has some funny blooper at the end which my son waits for, then we open up the student workbook that reinforces the video lesson and gives an assignment typically to be done right on the pages that is an appropriately, bite-sized challenge for my son. There is a multiple-choice test to take at the end of each unit and plenty of tips for grading in the teacher book. There is also a beautifully bound, hard-cover journal that is part of this course with simple instructions on how to use it so that it isn't too abstract or overwhelming for a student who doesn't love to write, but gives space and direction for those that do. I love to show this curriculum to my friends when asked what I'm using for Language Arts and everyone is impressed with its look and lay-out for the student and teacher, and it's thorough covering of all important topics with related assignments that make your student look and feel successful!”
Amy Habrat, Co-op Member
”My 6th and 8th grader are using this program, and it's a little tough for my 6th grader, who just came from public school and isn't used to working independently and has learning difficulties, but my 8th grader absolutely loves it. She started with the assignments, and now carries a notebook everywhere with her to write stories and articles whenever she has an idea or a moment. I have seen this program unlock a spark and a joy for writing that I hadn't seen before.

I will continue to use this program with my younger children as they come up, and I will probably go through it again with my sixth grader in another year, when he's had a chance to settle in to learning without being spoon fed and working independently.”
Sonja Brow, Co-op Member
”We Love Cover Story!! Our son is in 7th grade. And even though we have only begun the program, he is already becoming a braver, more expressive writer. He looks forward to the videos, the workbook, AND the journal writing. He is facing daily writing with optimism for the first time...EVER. This program has been an amazing find!”
Malea D., Co-op Member
”This is a solid writing and grammar program, that is engaging! If your looking for a solid writing program but feel overwhelmed with IEW, I would high recommend.

My children have grown and really enjoy the program. I liked the fact I can do 6th and 9th grade together”
J. Carlin, Co-op Member
”Cover Story has been a life saver for me.

My boys (12 and14) have been very reluctant writers, they just have never enjoyed it. I've spent a lot of time trying to find something that would spark the creativity I knew they had and Cover Story has done just that.

The DVD is fun, and makes sense. The approach to writing is step by step with an explanation of why you need to do certain things to make your writing engaging to the reader. There is humor and definitely keeps my kids paying attention. The journal is so cool! You will find there is already something written in your students journal, it's up to your student whether or not to read it, but I would recommend they do as it is pretty entertaining. If your kids hate writing in a journal, they won't with this program. They start off by writing just 5 questions that pop into their head each day, then go one to more in depth things.

The one thing we all love about Cover Story is it emphasizes writing about something that interests the writer. That is the battle won right there!

We've only had this for a few weeks and already I've seen a difference in the boys writing, I see their creativity successfully being transferred to paper and I see them looking forward to writing because it makes sense to them now.”
Denise G., Co-op Member
”My son and I are really enjoying Cover-Story. My son is 6th grade and he is learning a lot. He is a reluctant writer but this curriculum is fun and laid out in a gentle way. We are excited to see the end product of the magazine he is putting together. He is already excited about the One Year Adventure Novel when he is in high school! We have shared our excited with many other homeschoolers.”
Ana, Co-op Member
”My 7th grader has been enjoying Cover Story very much. He's a reluctant writer but Daniel's videos have a good mix of humor and writing instruction, so it makes writing more interesting for him. The assignments seem to be broken down into manageable parts, without being simplistic. My son is easily bored but the lessons are interesting and his writing skill is progressing very nicely. He had great fun with the poetry lessons! We will definitely be using this for my other kids, and looking into Mr. S's other curricula.”
Andrea L., Co-op Member
”My seventh grade student is enjoying Cover Story. He is learning how to write in different formats such as poems about Pokemon! :D I like that we don't argue about it being time to do a lesson.”
Lara Martin, Co-op Member
”My 6th grade son is really enjoying Cover Story. The videos are engaging and he is motivated to keep up with the schedule. There are a variety of writing projects, including daily journal writing and a workbook 3 times per week. Lots of room to be creative within guidelines. We recommend Cover Story!”
Wendy Y., Co-op Member
”Cover-Story is an answer to prayer. My son loves to read, but he struggles with writing. We had almost given up on finding a writing program that would work for him, until we found Cover Story. The video lessons are fun and intriguing. He has participated in the writing contests and webinars that are offered with the program, and there are no more tears over writing. More difficult/challenging assignments are spread out of the course of several weeks and allow time for him to work through the assignment step my step at a pace that works for him. He is actually proud of his work, and I am proud of his progress. I highly recommend Cover Story to every student, especially struggling writers and those that don't like to write.”
N. Pinkerton, Co-op Member
”We are using this program currently with our 13yos who has challenges with writing. He is finding the material engaging. He is more willing to work on his own and be accountable for his work. He has taken more thought and care about his assignments because he loves the idea of it becoming a magazine. I have shared my enthusiasim about cover story and will continue to use it. Middle school has been a transition for him and this is just what he needed. He LOVES it!”
Darla Gallew, Co-op Member
”We are about half way through this exceptional LA curriculum for middle schoolers, and I am most impressed! The daily video lesson (3x a week) is humorous and insightful, while the student lessons and writing assignments are engaging. Both my students and I really like that they will be producing a magazine over the course of a year, a magazine themed around a topic of their choice. Middle school is all about finding your passion, so learning to write about it is a great way to keep students interested.”
Talisha Cabral, Co-op Member
”Please note we are currently working 3 chapters a week and are on chapters 1-18 as of this testimony.

In general I like how the curriculum is laid out. It's very little work on my part, other than encouraging them. This is a blessing for our 'too busy' household.

The greatest benefit I have found is my eldest, (17 with Asperger's) who has immense difficulty writing anything, has been regularly completing his workbook assignments. While it is still not near as easy for him to get his thoughts and ideas down as his 14 year old brother, this curriculum has been really helpful in getting him to write fiction than anything else I have tried over the years!

My high school boys enjoy the videos quite a bit. They never complain about the videos or the text (Compass). My youngest never complains about the workbook. My eldest DOES complain a bit, but he does it.

We will continue using this curriculum and I can easily see us using other programs this company puts out for the high school years to come.”
Kridina, Co-op Member
”Daniel Schwabauer's "Cover Story" curriculum is literally a God send. We have used a handful of different writing curricula in the past years. No matter what I looked for to help challenge and inspire my reluctant writers, writing time was often a time of drudgery, or even tears, for our children. Mr. Schwabauer's approach is fun, silly, even "cheesy" at times, which is perfect for our kids! Don't let that statement fool you though, my children have learned much in our first 3 weeks of the program, but even better, they have found joy in writing and are inspired to write and be creative. If you want a writing curriculum that will bring inspiration and joy into your children's writing time, then I highly recommend "Cover Story"! Even the grammar is enjoyable and Schwabauer not only instructs, but shows the "why" of grammar and writing. THANK YOU Mr. Schwabauer for making a normally tedious time of writing into something my kids actually look forward to each day!”
Laura G., Co-op Member
”My 11 year old son and I LOVE Cover Story. After completing a wonderful, rigorous 3-year IEW program, we wanted something to keep his skills up and broaden his creative skills. This was the perfect pick! The program is so easy to use, my son could do much of it independently, but the videos are so informative and entertaining that my daughter and I rarely let him view solo. He has written to and received a reply from a favorite author, and was a finalist in a limerick contest. The daily journal entries are a great way to make writing a positive habit. We are very thankful for Cover Story!”
Julia B., Co-op Member
”We bought this for our 11 year old son. It is one of the best investments we have made. He used to hate writing, but Daniel's witty and humorous style of teaching has won my son over. His writing has improved dramatically, and he now wants to be an author. Would highly recommend it. Only concern I ever had was that in Journeling section the lecture topic was a bit intense for any younger siblings that may be around. But I would still strongly recommend this product.”
B. OShea, Co-op Member
”I have great regard for the creator of Cover Story and love our new class with him! He has so much fun teaching about writing, and my dyslexic son hated to write before we began. He now writes the most creative sentences in small, easy-to-digest bits in the beautiful journal that comes with the program. He is learning grammar in an easy, common sense way, and it is beneficial for my student to be led into which theme he would like to write about, instead of giving him a theme. When he has ownership of his work, he works harder on it and enjoys it so much more. No whining!! We will definitely be using the write a novel in a year curriculum when we finish his magazine! Best writing program I've ever done with my child!”
G.White, Co-op Member
”Cover Story is an excellent writing program. My daughter enjoys the lessons. It really sparks their creativity.”
Sherry, Co-op Member
”My 12 year old son loathed writing anything more than a paragraph and it was a process akin to pulling teeth whenever it was requested that he become more descriptive in his writing. I sought out new curriculum each year and nothing seemed to stir him to want to write...UNTIL Cover Story!

Now, he requests that the first "class" he completes for the day be Cover Story. He actually looks forward to doing the assignments and he doesn't mind taking the extra time to be creative and descriptive. He actually shows off his completed assignments to friends and family! This curriculum has made a significant impact on his ability and desire to write.

We will continue to use Cover Story and any subsequent curriculum produced!”
D. Lindsay, Co-op Member
”We are so happy with Cover Story. My son is a very reluctant writer, so this is perfect for him. Our whole family enjoys watching the videos and my son doesn't complain about doing the workbook lessons. This is HUGE for us. The humor is just right and perfect for him (and me). I get no complaints about doing our writing lessons and think that slowly, perhaps, writing might become something he can consider at least a little enjoyable. Thank you!”
Diane Ball, Co-op Member
”Cover Story is a love, love curriculum! I love it because I don't have to "teach". The kids love it because it is cool and different and fun! I highly recommend this to everyone.”
Rhonda Hopper, Co-op Member
”We are just finishing up this program for my 12 year old 7th grade daughter. Wow! We LOVED this program. There is no other curriculum, for any subject, that we have enjoyed more than Cover Story.

First I much appreciated the DVD instruction. This left my tween to be more independent which we both appreciated. The lectures are long but even with her mild ADHD, she sat through every...single...one... without complaint. She was engaged.

Second, it was brilliant to have the child pick their own theme for the magazine they create with this program. My daughter tends to get very excited about a topic and then lose interest in it soon after once she's discovered another interesting topic. But she loves horses and by picking horses to be her topic for her magazine it has kept her interest all year. She's already decided on next year's topic as she wants to repeat the program!

Once last year they had a live program where we got to see and interact with the teacher and his wife. My daughter had a blast and wished they could do this more often.

I felt that the writing techniques taught were very clever. It included ideas I never learned in school and even college. My daughter's writing has improved in leaps and bounds this year.

This is an excellent creative writing program that allows a child who enjoys to write to continue to improve without being bogged down by boring rules that are unclear about how to incorporate. The techniques taught here are presented so well that my daughter is eager to try them.

This is not a comprehensive writing program. It lacks expository instruction, note taking and outlining. Nor does it go into revision and editing for every piece of work that is done. There is a grammar section that we will review when we're done with the program. We will look elsewhere for expository writing.

The grading was a little confusing. I think it's mostly that how things are labelled in the grading section for the parent does not match what is in the student book. Once I figured that out it's fine but a bit annoying.

I do not enjoy grading the work! Thankfully the teacher books gives clear instruction on how to grade but I really dislike doing this. I can't see how to get around this without hiring a teacher to do it for you. It's necessary and not difficult. I just don't like doing it. My comments to my daughter lie mostly with her needing to slow down and be more thorough in her work and do revision and editing. The actual creative work she has done has been excellent.

I am thankful we found this program. My daughter was at a point where writing was becoming boring. This program reignited her enjoyment of writing and improved it at the same time.”
G Thomas, Co-op Member
”My reluctant writer has agreed to work on his writing over the summer - only if I allowed him to use the One-Year-Adventure-Novel... He's involved in the proces and seems to look forward to it. That says a lot in our family!”
Tana R., Co-op Member
”My son has always wanted to write a novel and this class is perfect for getting him to actually sit down and get his thoughts on paper. He is learning exactly what he needs to define for his characters and the actual writing will be so much easier after he figures out all the pre-writing details. The workbook and lectures are invaluable in this process.”
Debbie, Co-op Member
”Regardless of the career path, writing well will pave the way. One Year Adventure Novel provides an all-inclusive writing program in a fiction landscape that builds writing skills and confidence. The side benefit is also a greater analytical skill when attacking literature. Easy to use, allows independent study, instructs parent clearly on how to grade and work with the student.”
Erin L, Co-op Member
”My 11 year old daughter loves this program! She finds the videos and assignments to be entertaining and inspirational. The program is very well organized and easy to use. It's been helping her to write more often and in different styles (short stories, reviews, poems, etc.).”
Amy D., Co-op Member
”Cover Story is a great combination of fun and learning. I have my two middle school children doing the curriculum together and I feel like they're both learning a lot from it.”
Jenny Robertson, Co-op Member
”My 13 year old son has loved the interesting, engaging videos. I don't have to stay on him to do his language arts anymore. Writing is still not his favorite subject, but he's far more thoughtful about his work now since he gets to follow the instructions of one of his favorite authors!

We will complete this curriculum this year and I will keep it to use with my other children as they get old enough. I plan to order "The One Year Adventure Novel" for my son next year since he is enjoying this curriculum so much.

We've told others about it and have encouraged people who need to shake up their language arts somehow. This curriculum makes the student interested in completing language arts lessons by presenting it as a intriguing, personal-interest-led writing piece with grammar and writing skills snuck in!”
Bonnie White, Co-op Member
”I highly recommend the One-Year-Adventure-Novel (OYAN). It is so enjoyable that my daughter would do this course only--and not her other school subjects--if I let her. Not only is OYAN fun for my students, but it is also easy for me as the home school teacher to keep up with and grade. Compared with other writing curricula, OYAN stands as a substantial, academically rigorous, genre-specific, practical, skill-building course. In the past both my students have excelled at developing language arts and composition skills through courses from the Institute for Excellence in Writing (IEW). They like this, too! It's great quality. One way OYAN challenges students is by making them think and plan their writing. The course somehow motivates them to do this. The writer's forum component rocks! My older daughter especially enjoys reading the stories and blogs posted there by other students taking the course. There are adventure-novel related webinars and discussions to join in, as well. My younger daughter can't wait until she's old enough to log into the forum part of the course. (BTW, the age/grade parameters for OYAN are appropriately set for maturity level--grades 8-12, and ages 13 and above for the forum.) Great course!”
Karen D., Co-op Member
”My daughter who is 15 has been using this curriculum for 2 months now. She aspires to be a writer one day. So far the workbook has given her much to think about by showing her a story isn't just written from start to finish but it has detailed planning involved. This curriculum does a great job of laying out the questions that need to be asked in order to have a great story. We are excited to continue the program and see what she comes up with. The main issue that I have with the program is that it is a licensed and I can not share it with other families who can not afford to purchase it themselves. However I have shared this program and let others know that it is worth it because there is nothing out there that compares.”
Julie E, Co-op Member
”This program is everything I hoped for it to be. It is FUN. My children love it and willingly participate every day. The best part is I already see them starting to think and produce more like writers. They love the journal and don't mind writing in it every day. This a huge change in how they used to approach writing.

I'm using it with a 12 year old and a 9 year old. I help the 9 year old out a bit but he understands the lessons and that is the main thing that's important to me. He's my writer with novels galore inside of him, so I welcome the writing structure this is introducing into his imaginative brain. Just like training young fingers with instrument practice to create a future musician, I feel that we can do the same for a future writer by using a curriculum like this. The kids have the imagination and motivation and we just need to provide the structure that helps them learn how to get their message out into the world.

I wanted a program that really captures a love of writing and that teaches the reason for writing. This is exactly that. If you are looking for a technical writing curriculum steeped in grammar rules then this isn't what you are looking for. If you are looking to channel your child's energy and imagination into a form of written expression, in a fun and engaging way, then this is the program for you.”
C. Bryant, Co-op Member
”My son has rarely been what you would call an enthusiastic writer (although he can write well when he puts forth effort). However, he is very excited about writing his own novel and loves using the One Year Adventure Novel curriculum! My daughter can't wait to use it herself and is hoping to try out their new middle school curriculum next year.”
Lonette, Co-op Member
”I am glad I got the One Year Adventure novel for my 17 yr. old daughter. She decided to start this Summer, and is thoroughly enjoying every aspect that the OYAN offers. She is not only learning how to write better, but gets personal input from the Author and others who take this course. She has opportunity for additional writing adventures on the side as well as meeting peers with the same interests. This program has challenged, and excited her like no others have in the past. She is writing like crazy and enjoying every minute of it! She has already made good friends along this journey, and wants to attend OYAN's Summer camp next year. My dd's only regret is not having started this program sooner. This Fall will start her Senior year of High School and she is already wondering if she could possibly fit in thier One Year "Other Worlds" course while attending college!”
Suzy S., Co-op Member
”My 14 year old daughter loves the program, although we've only been doing it for a few months. She enjoys the video lessons and how the program is organized, especially the specific instructions and worksheets that lay the foundation for the writing to come. She says she already feels prepared for writing her first novel!”
Liz S., Co-op Member
”This is the most creative and unique writing curriculum I have seen in my 15 years of homeschooling. Using the One Year Adventure Novel, my kids were able to get their ideas out of their heads and onto paper--something that was always a challenge for them. Love the program! Highly recommend it, even wrote a review about it on my homeschooling blog arkansashomeschoolers.com”
Lynda Altman, Co-op Member
”This truly is an AMAZING program. My oldest was a reluctant writer, but she became so excited about writing after receiving the curriculum two years ago that she zipped through it in three months without any mention of doing writing from me. She has since written multiple novels and is constantly on the prowl for ideas for her novels. There is also an online forum where the kids in the program can have their work peer reviewed. Once on the forum, there are also regular webinars (for free) covering various writing related topics and an incredible summer writing workshop which the kids can attend and meet other writers, have their work evaluated, and meet professionals in the publishing world. Bottom line is I have recommended this program to my friends and of all the kids that I know who have gone through the program, I have never heard a single negative word from the kids or their parents about the curriculum.”
Amy Y, Co-op Member
”I have purchased One Year Adventure Novel. I DO love O.Y.A.N.curriculum! We couldn't be happier with it, my son is producing something that he never would have without the excellent teaching in this curriculum. I have told several friends about our exciting English curriculum.”
Tracy Born, Co-op Member
”My daughter is enjoying this course very much. The video lessons are engaging and interesting. The assignments are fun and take as much or as little time as the student wants to put into them. The skills taught are valuable for any student whether they actually finish the novel or not.”
Allison T., Co-op Member
”My 16 year old loves to write and has been begging me for a couple of years to buy the OYAN; so I was really excited to see it available, at a discounted price, through Homeschool Buyers Co-op.

My daughter loves the program, although following directions isn't something she is used to for creative writing. Although we have used writing curriculum and AP English Lang & Comp, we have never purchased a product specifically designed for writing a novel. I believe this product is unique in that it really takes you through all the steps necessary to build a solid, well-developed story. This isn't something that your child can just sit down and complete quickly, it requires thought and time to go through the process.

My child has thoroughly enjoyed the program so far, especially the forums that are available. OYAN is by far her favorite school subject this year. She has already asked to do the follow up program "Other Worlds" and we are constantly recommending it to other families that have aspiring writers.

However, I am not sure a reluctant writer would really enjoy the program, as it seems designed for the student that really wants to complete a novel.”
Flora, Co-op Member
”In the words of my daughter and two sons who are using OYAN for the current school year, this is the best English curriculum ever! Though all three were formerly reluctant writers, my teens are now joyfully engrossed in creating their first novels while independently honing their writing skills; amazed, I am enjoying the ride. Also, equally amazing as their writing development is the depth of understanding that OYAN has brought to my family's appreciation and understanding of English literature. Dinner table discussions will never again be the same at our house.”
Susan M., Co-op Member
”We have been using the program for 2 months now and my 16yr old son really enjoys it. The instructor gives really good advice and his approach to writing an original story makes alot of sense. I highly recommend this program.”
Carrie Bauroth, Co-op Member
”We are truly enjoying the One Year Adventure Novel. What a great way to engage students! Our 14-year-old is writing very interesting and creative scenes, as he learns the elements of a quality novel. The DVD presentations are top-notch, and the teacher's disc is very helpful. And we LOVE the full length novels included for our reading enjoyment. We recommend it to all budding writers, as well as reluctant writers.”
Karen S., Co-op Member
”I purchased this curriculum for my 14 year old daughter, who had the germ of an idea for a novel. She has been thrilled with it, and looks forward every week to working on her novel. She has not yet used the online resources, but has been quite happy working independently on it, with the helpful input of parents and friends. I have told many other homeschooling friends about this, and will continue to do so. Being able to tell a story well is essential in so many types of communication, and the One Year Adventure Novel helps teach kids to think through all aspects of their communication in a fun and inspiring way.”
Sherry C, Co-op Member
”My sons and I love to write and have already used a few lessons from this fantastic program. Beyond the creativity of writing, there is also the 'science' behind novel writing - the structure, plot development, creating real-to-life characters - this can be difficult to teach, but OYAN tackles this with ease. The lessons are easy to use and understand, there is a video and workbook to make learning easy. My kids look forward to each lesson and enjoy using their new information developing our novels. In addition to this program, OYAN offers a great deal of online support, including webinars and many other informative options on their website. I was so happy to get this at the discounted price - well worth the money!”
Theresa Douglas, Co-op Member
”OMGosh! "This is the most awesome course ever!" so says my teenage son. He is really turned on and engaged with this course. I had my doubts as to whether he would actually do the program. Now he asks to do it and he's writing!!!!

This is a superior product. Everything needed is there in the package. The DVD lessons are short (about 15 minutes each) and entertaining. The textbook reinforces the lesson from the video and the workbook has the student put into practice what they just learned. What the student writes in the workbook will be used later to create their novel. The author returns email messages and his student website is active with very current interaction by the author. The accompanying novel is very entertaining as well as a great demonstration tool.

The author admits he is a Christian. However there is no Christian branding in his instruction so this program can be used by those of any faith or even those of no faith, it is friendly for all.

My son is soooo stoked about writing his novel. He's even coming up with ideas for his future novels.

I definitely recommend the One Year Adventure Novel for your teen.”
April E., Co-op Member
”I had subscribed to receive Homeschool Buyer's Co-op emails before the summer. When OYAN came across, I read about it aloud to our 13-year old son.

He is a reluctant academic, doesn't do poorly in school but just doesn't love it. His enthusiastic response was all I needed. He loves to watch movies (what teenager doesn't!), read books and has a wild imagination with lots of ideas. He exclaimed an excited, "Yes! get that! That sounds awesome!" He was excited at the possibility of publishing something (and becoming famous!). I haven't once heard him whine about doing his writing!

The instructional videos are informative, fun, and attractive. I even stop what I'm doing at my desk to watch. I enjoy Daniel Schwabauer's skillfully wrought lessons and I would say this curriculum is about as good as it gets. The workbook assignments are to the point and fit exactly with the video presentation. The lessons are short and doable each day.

I love that my son is excited about his story and fully engaged. No more dreadfully boring writing times.

I have home-schooled for 20 years and haven't used curriculum this good since I can't remember when! It requires so little on my part. I have a very busy life and am greatly relieved to know our son is learning and enjoys these lessons with so little work on my part. I can't imagine why any homeschool parent or student wouldn't love the One Year Adventure Novel curriculum.”
Lynn, Co-op Member
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