Have you ever written a metaphor that you weren't happy with but couldn't figure out why?

In these craft talks, you'll learn to see into the inner workings of any metaphor and understand its strengths and weaknesses.

Yes, every once and a while, the perfect metaphor appears, but it’s also very helpful to know how to improve your metaphors when they don’t land whole and perfect on the page. Sometimes the problem is we're playing it too safe. We're not taking risks. If a metaphor is going to be transformative, it needs to challenge our way of looking at things. A strong metaphor changes how we see the world.

Explore how to take risks when crafting your metaphors!

In this 5-Part Series, you'll learn how to:

  • describe the indescribable

  • create tension

  • drive home the argument & complement the themes in your poem

  • uncover the strengths & weaknesses of your metaphors & more

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Poetry Craft Talks On Metaphor

Lisa Reynolds-Jones

I highly recommend this course. The instructor was knowledgeable, articulate, and encouraging. The content was timely paced. Course materials were well organ...

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I highly recommend this course. The instructor was knowledgeable, articulate, and encouraging. The content was timely paced. Course materials were well organized and seamlessly presented to enhance the learning experience. Excellent examples of metaphor use were provided through examination of a variety of poems from the world's finest. Practical strategies were incorporated into course assignments to examine and enhance imagery (both literal and figurative), resulting in vivid metaphors being created.

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See what's waiting for you once you enroll...

  • 24/7 access to the craft talks for 60 days

  • mastery exercises, including a list of 17 questions to assess the quality of your metaphors

  • two bonus writing sessions to uncover new material

Course curriculum

    1. Introduction to the Poetry Crafts Talks on Metaphor

    2. #1 Metaphors Describe the Indescribable

    3. Your Assignment: Describe the Indescribable

    4. Resources for Craft Talk #1 — Describe the Indescribable

    1. #2 Metaphors Create Tension

    2. Your Assignment: Create Tension

    3. Resources for Craft Talk #2 — Create Tension

    1. #3 Metaphors Invite the Reader to Participate

    2. Your Assignment: Invite the Reader to Participate

    3. Resources for Craft Talk 3 — Invite the Reader to Participate

    1. # 4 Metaphors Can Drive Home the Argument and Complement the Themes

    2. Your Assignment: Drive Home the Argument and Complement the Themes

    3. Resources for Craft Talk 4 — Drive Home the Argument and Complement the Themes

    1. Mastery Exercises

    2. Metaphor Checklist

    1. Bonus Generative Exercise #1

    2. Bonus Generative Exercise #2

    3. Congrats! Here's what's next...

About this course

  • $95.00
  • 18 lessons
  • 1 hour of video content

FAQ

  • Are there set times that I have to be online?

    No. You can access the craft talks at any time over the 30 days.

  • What is your refund policy?

    If you contact us within 24 hours of purchasing, we can offer a refund minus a $3.50 processing fee.

  • Is there any interaction with the instructor or with the others enrolled in the talks?

    The talks do not include interaction with the instructor or others.

  • I need more time to access the craft talks. Can I have an extension?

    If you need more time to access the talks, please email us at [email protected]

  • I have another question not listed here. How do I get in touch?

    [email protected]

Instructor(s)

Instructor Lisa Young

Lisa Young is the founder of the Wychwood Poetry Workshop and the poetry journal Juniper. Poems from Juniper have been selected to appear in the Best Canadian Poetry Anthology for the last three years. She is the author of the poetry collection When the Earth. Her poems appear in several publications, including Literary Review of Canada, One Hand Clapping, Minola Review, Poetry Pause, Verse-Virtual, and in the book, The Practicing Poet: Writing Beyond the Basics. lisayoung.ca

Get ready to be inspired!