Define a Story Setting Landing


define a story setting


Design a comprehensive setting enhances plot and character development and is so alive that is a character itself.

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Barbara Vance




1h 52m

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Course Description

Bringing your setting to life in your story is a unique challenge. Often, we can treat it as separate from plot and characters, but when designed correctly, plot, character, and setting are intertwined. This course will help you address the crucial aspects of building a story world so that your readers feel like they are there.

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What People Are Saying


“The workbook is awesome. Had me considering aspects of my story’s world I hadn’t thought about. Barbara has you look at everything—and I like how she thinks about both the overarching story world AND a given scene’s setting. She’s right, take your time. There is a lot to think about, but man, this really gave me so many ideas about my plot and characters.”

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“I love Barbara’s enthusiasm. She’s right, if you design your setting well it gives you many ideas for your story’s plot. I was surprised by how true that was. I found myself going back to previous workbooks and further fleshing out events based on what I learned here. The charts in the workbook are fantastic.”

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“So good. I thought I pretty well had setting down since my novel is contemporary, but no. I hadn’t thought about how to really make it shine. Barbara had me discovering things about my location I didn’t know were there.”

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“What makes this workshop such a gem (outside of Barbara’s energy) is the absolutely extensive workbook that forces you to walk through EVERY little idea. Also, her advice on research is great.”

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“This course answered so many questions other writing workshops could not. I’ve taken a lot of other story courses, and I now seriously consider Barbara’s workshops the only writing classes you need.”

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“Truly a great course. It’s part of her story sequence, and I can’t recommend the whole thing enough.”

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“Another amazing course. I’ve taken almost all of them and there’s not a bad one in the bunch!”

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Barbara Vance, PhD

I am a writer and instructor who has been blessed to help thousands of writers bring their stories to life.

My degrees include a B.A. in literature, an MA in Literature and Creative Writing, and a PhD in storytelling and media. Prior to launching my own company, I taught writing and storytelling at a tier-one university.

Over the past sixteen years I have developed a widely acclaimed collection of courses designed to help writers develop their stories, stay on track, and finish what they start . . . even while juggling busy careers and a family.

I am also the author of a multi-award-winning poetry collection, and my poems are licensed for use in anthologies and curricula around the world.

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