I just purchased the "One Year Adventure Novel" from the Homeschool Buyer's Co-op at a discounted price, for our high school writing program. I have a creative 16 year-old son, who loves to write but needs some structure to writing a great novel. We have all heard about the 15 year-old homeschool boy who wrote a novel that became a best-seller -- "Eragon" (it was adpated to a movie, also a big seller.)
How do you learn to write a great story?
Most high school English courses do not teach this. We have had several years of writing 5 paragraph essays and term papers and persuasive essays and descriptive essays and expository essays and narrative essays, but never any creative writing.
Take a look at this curriculum and read the reviews from other students and teachers.
• Taught by an award-winning novelist.
• No prep work required; class is taught for you on DVD.
• 78 lessons, (3 per week for 26 weeks) inspire creativity and build understanding about what stories are and how they work.
• Study classic adventure stories.
• Compelling questions help your student find creative solutions.
Students learn and understand:
• Classical story structure.
• The five elements of every great story, as well as:
• Characterization, plot, setting, theme, and conflict (but in ways that are fun and exciting).
• By creating, not just analyzing; by emphasizing practical application over theory.
• How to interpret stories. They'll never read a book, see a play or watch a movie the same way again.