Write Vivid Narration
Discover how to brainstorm and write strong, unique metaphors and similes that will bring beauty and power to your work. Master crafting imagery so that readers better understand and connect with your characters and story.
One of the best ways to bring a story to life is through vivid descriptions of characters, setting, and action. And one of the best ways to make descriptions vivid is through figurative language like simile and metaphor.
This workshop will help you develop unique, beautiful images and associates you can use to describe the characters and story world. This is critical. Most writers do not adequately craft novel similes and metaphors, which makes them fall flat. We will examine how images can develop characters, set the tone of a story, and express deep emotion.
This workshop goes far beyond smile and metaphor basics to address the power each kind of figurative option has, when to use it, and why.
This workshop addresses how to:
This course includes
This workshop includes a class outline to follow along with the video lessons and a workbook to help you craft your own story images.
What People Are Saying
“This course is a wonderful breakdown of techniques for writing ‘word pictures’, specifically similes and metaphors. The class also goes into how to use similes and metaphors in a variety of ways. We all know how to write simple metaphors (as red as a rose) but writing effective once that are interesting and help to add variety to your writing is really hard. I recommend this course to everyone who likes creative writing, even if you have experience and read craft books before.”
“She is one of the best teachers. I’d love to see more of her. I think anyone could be impacted by what she has to say.”
“This course took my understanding of similes and metaphors to a whole new level. Barbara made it easy to understand by providing great examples throughout. Sincere thanks.”
“I am literally hanging on her every word. Another brilliant class.”
“Amazing set of classes. I’ve been wanting to pick up on my writing for quite some time now and all these tips are really helping :D”
“This teacher’s voice is so soothing and relaxing. I really enjoyed listening and it helps understanding the lesson content.”
“Thank you for this amazing and uplifting class Barbara Please do a Poetry class next. Thank you!”
“I learned many new things. Really good course. I recommend it!”
“Made really understand metaphor and simile. Thank you!”
“Good ideas. Made me think.”
“The instructor explains several important concepts.”
“SO helpful. This will change how I write.”
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.