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.


By the end of this workshop

You will understand how to . . .



unique figurative pictures that bring your story to life.



character emotion with sensitivity and nuance.



on all five senses when describing your story world & characters.



varying kinds of similes and metaphors for variety & power.



a metaphor throughout your story for symbolism.



your plot by leveraging word pictures readers connect with.

No waiting to get started.
You can complete the course as soon as you want.

Beautiful writing can transform a
good story into an enduring classic.

Who This Class Is For

I know sometimes we see an opportunity and wonder if it is really suited for our particular needs.

Based on my 16+ years teaching story, this workshop was designed for you if you are committed to writing a gripping story that stays with readers long after they have finished the book.

whether you are...

This course is for you.  
I specifically design all of my courses for those currently writing or planning to write. Every writing exercise is also a reading analysis exercise so that you can dissect your favorite stories, learn what makes them great, and then apply that to your own work.

I love this and the way that Barbara explains. I couldn’t help going through different books I’ve read and start cataloging the arcs—which ones I liked and disliked. It seems I have a type. Really, really helpful!

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Honestly, take all of Barbara’s classes. If you want to learn how to really get started on your novel or long piece, then her courses are unbeatable. She really explains all the terminology, uses clear examples, and even provides printable resources! I can’t recommend her courses enough.

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Overcome your story challenges

make your scenes unforgettable

I have personally walked many students through the story-creation journey, and I designed Write Vivid Narration to set your writing apart in style and substance.

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A Track Record of Student Success

Hear What vivid narration students are saying

Sixteen years teaching thousands of students.

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.

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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

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I am literally hanging on her every word. Another brilliant class. I also wish she had more classes.

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I learned many new things. Really good course. I recommend it!

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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.

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What's inside . . .

We begin by looking at the differences between simile and metaphor. This goes beyond some of the basic differences you might be familiar with. We will talk about how much power each has, when to use which, and why.

We will then focus on how using figurative language enhances your plot and reader engagement with your story.

Next, we move to how to develop unique, beautiful images and associates you can use to describe the characters and story world. This step is critical. Most writers do not adequately craft novel similes and metaphors, which makes them fall flat. This will include examining how these images can develop characters, set the tone of a story, and express deep emotion.

We then look at the various types of metaphors you can employ in your writing, including extended metaphors in which you carry an association for a longer period of time than a single sentence. This helps you deeply integrate themes into your story.

We will also discuss how to capitalize on all five senses when writing figurative language. This deepens the connection with the reader and further allows you to write highly unique images.

The workshop closes by addressing how to consider your audience’s level of knowledge when choosing metaphors and similes as well as how to avoid common mistakes.

Finally, we will go over the workshop exercise that will help you begin to practice writing images for yourself.

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The Full Workshop Includes:

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My Write Vivid Narration Workshop will give you the clear overview you need to choose your point of view for maximum drama and connection with characters. decide your narrative perspective and start writing. It is actionable, thought-provoking, and designed to help you write the best story in less time.

I have taught character and story development for years to THOUSANDS of students, and I know what works! The workbooks and support guides provided will have you brainstorming and defining your character every step of the way.

If you take the course and don’t feel like your character’s growth is better defined and more connected to the plot, simply reach out to us, show us you have made an effort, and we will refund your full investment. Full details here >>

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Ready to start your story?

I have taught thousands of students and creative professionals how to craft their stories, and this workshop will help you take your writing style to the next level. It will introduce essential guidelines for writing memorable, beautiful stories, and it will absolutely help inspire your work. I genuinely recommend you get started with Writing Vivid Narration if you are motivated by any of the following . . .


You Don’t Want to Waste Time Writing the Wrong Way

My students and clients range from professional storytellers with MFAs in creative writing to beginners just dipping their toes in the storytelling waters, but one thing they all have in common is a tight schedule. It is hard to carve away precious hours to write in between work, family, and life. This workshop will give you the necessary tools to write a stronger, more vivid story so that you don’t waste precious time on chapters that need to be re-written later.


You’re Ready to Reach New Levels of Creativity

Devising compelling metaphors and similes is powerful. So powerful that artists, songwriters, politicians, and other leaders constantly leverage them to communicate their point of view.

Truly memorable stories don’t just have good characters and plots, they are gorgeous to read. They are the books in which you get through a sentence and have to stop and re-read it because it is that beautiful.

You want to write in a way that brings your story to life and leaves echoes in the reader’s mind long after they have turned the last page. Whether you are writing fiction, non-fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction . . . imparting powerful word pictures and associations helps readers better understand and connect with the characters and situations you are describing.

This class is specifically designed to help you brainstorm and write strong, unique metaphors and similes that will bring beauty and power to your work.

Barbara is a really amazing teacher! Her classes are always helpful, and she always brings something new for you. I usually come with an idea that is still blurred in my mind, and then she explains something that makes me understand where I want to go with my story and how I can do it. I couldn't recommend it more for you guys!



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A Little About Me...

My name is Barbara Vance, and over the past sixteen years I have helped thousands of students bring their stories to life.

What started as an early and sincere delight in literature turned into focused study on what makes stories good. How do they work? This culminated in a PhD in storytelling and media, and a subsequent position at a tier-one university.

But I wanted to do more. I wanted to reach more people and provide them not just with the knowledge I had accumulated over the years, but also actionable, step-by-step processes that would help them find and develop their characters and stories, stay on track, and finish what they started . . . even while juggling busy careers and a family.

As a published author and educator, I don’t just understand story; I understand storytellers, and the rewarding, albeit sometimes challenging process that articulating a vision can be.

So I created a collection of proven courses that delve deeply into the components of great stories and how to write them.

It is a joy to help so many find their voice, discover their story, and get it done.

If you're still on the fence, consider this...

A good story can make people see themselves
and the world in life-changing ways.

Sometimes we write a story in which the characters have depth and the plot is strong, and yet it feels flat. This likely indicates that the writing itself needs more life in it.

In school we learn basic information about similes and metaphors, but we are not taught how to leverage their power in stories. It is so much for than a “My heart was like a balloon”-type statement!

If you want to make your writing more beautiful and your characters and events more vivid, then spend some time on mastering figurative language. It is very likely you will learn even more about your characters in the process!

I cannot encourage you enough to invest in your creativity! Writing stories can change your life, and understanding the nuances of story design will make you a more creative, independent writer. I am so excited for your storytelling journey, and I wish you well with your writing!