Loading Events

« All Events

  • This event has passed.

A Writer’s Diamonds: Similes, Metaphors, Rhythm and Style

June 30, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Instructor: Janet Martin
$60 Members | $65 Nonmembers
Saturday, 6/30/18  | 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Have you ever noticed that some words clarify while other words sing?  That some sentences explain while others sparkle?  That phrases stand like statues or skip like sparrows?

Often the difference has to do with hidden bits of style invoked by those who sprinkle their manuscripts with imaginative diamonds–similes, metaphors, and rhythms–unusual comparisons that separate good writers from great.  In this interactive WriterHouse course we will explore the works of great writers–from history and today–who have discovered these diamonds within their arsenals of imagination. We’ll study how they take ordinary word structures to cathedral heights. And, we will create our own! Essentially, these literary diamonds can be actively cultivated to improve writing style–shimmering in everyday written works whether novels, stories, poetry, or advertising.  Bring along a book you favor for its writing style, and we’ll mine it along with your own creativity to make your written words soar and your originality sing.

About the instructor: Janet Martin is a veteran journalist—magazine, newspaper and television news writer—who has written hundreds of stories on a variety of topics—both as fiction and nonfiction.

Mail-In Registration Form

Online Registration 

Student Name
Student Email


June 30, 2018
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Event Categories:
, , ,


Janet Martin


508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
+ Google Map