Pacing Your Story Landing


pacing your story


Structure your story so that the reader goes on a rollercoaster of emotions, raising tension and releasing it. Learn to slow down or speed up your story.

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Barbara Vance





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Course Description

Once we have a sense of the scenes in our story, we need to consider how much space each takes up in the plot and how we will bring them to life in a way that makes the reader feel the story is moving swiftly forward. This course will help you avoid lags in your writing and tech you to appropriately map out moments of tension and release so your reader goes on a rollercoaster of emotions.

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What People Are Saying


“Gonna be honest, didn’t think I needed this one. Ha, yea. Wrong. As usual, Barbara has a good reason for making a workshop out of it. I have been working through the story design sequence and almost just skipped this because I wanted to get to the first Chapter workshop. Mistake. While aspects of this one relate to how you actually write the story (as opposed to design), other parts of it seriously influence design. I’d say it enhances the Build Suspense workshop by further fleshing out how suspense relates to timing. I made a few really critical shifts to the order of scenes in my story and how much time I spend on them. Five stars.”

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“WOW, Barbara, please make a workshop that delves into the word-level pacing also. It was my favorite part of this workshop, and I want to dive deeper!!”

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“Very good. Short, but essential. The literary examples are very helpful.”

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“Really good. Love the best practices advice, I’m reading all of my work differently now.”

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“Great workshop—the whole story design series is fabulous.”

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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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