Supercharging Your Writing With Literary Devices

with Ross Turner

Saturday January 20, 2024 1:00pm US Central time • 2 hour workshop

One-time Zoom webinar

Perfect for
Beginning and intermediate writers of any genre

Live attendance is not required: enrollees can watch the recording at any time after the workshop!

Literary devices – metaphors, similes, personification, pathetic fallacy, hyperbole, and so on – are such a critical part of powerful writing that they’re nearly ubiquitous. But how can you be sure that yours are landing properly? That your foreshadowing teases the ending instead of revealing it? Or that your hyperbole is effective and not ridiculous?

To be a truly effective writer, it’s important to cultivate a deeper understanding of how literary devices operate, and how they can be combined to strengthen a story, provide setting and characterization, and support your plot.

This in-depth webinar will focus on revealing and demonstrating some basic literary devices that give you the most bang for your buck. Join editor and writing teacher Ross Turner as he shows you how to master literary devices and deploy them in your writing. You’ll leave the session with exercises to practice your new skills, and you’ll get detailed written feedback from Ross himself on what you’ve written to ensure you’ve mastered these critical concepts.

This workshop is ideal for emerging writers want to learn how the pros use literary devices to write memorable stories. Writers already familiar with literary devices will benefit from an energizing refresher amongst likeminded writers.

Can’t attend live? No problem! Live attendance isn’t required. This workshop will be recorded so you can watch it later. Complete the exercises at your own schedule and submit them to Ross for feedback whenever you’re ready.

Due to the nature of the feedback Ross will be providing you, enrollment is strictly limited!

Some of Ross’s career highlights

University of Gloucestershire Centre of Excellence York St. John University CLMP Indigo Dreams Publishing NAWE RAF TEFL Scholary I Am Not a Silent Poet Snakeskin Poetry Webzine Superlative

What you’ll learn

After this workshop, you’ll have:

  • A wide overview of the many literary devices that the best writers use to write effective stories.

  • A better understanding of when, where, and how to use different literary devices for truly powerful writing.

  • Knowledge of how to deploy those devices in your own writing.

  • Had the opportunity to practise using literary devices through writing exercises, with written feedback from Ross on your work (submitted after the workshop).

Zoom schedule

Everyone enrolled in this webinar will receive a copy of the recording afterwards, so you can review it later in case you missed it.

  • Saturday January 20, 2024 1:00pm US Central time — 2 hours

How this workshop works

This workshop is a live Zoom webinar. Sign in from anywhere in the world and participate live as the instructor conducts the workshop, with time for Q&A at the end.

Student praise for Ross Turner

Ross has been such a big help. It was wonderful working with someone who was enthusiastic and genuinely cared about the quality of my work.


I thoroughly enjoyed learning from Prof. Ross. In a short amount of time, he went above and beyond to cater to my needs, revisiting my queries repeatedly, which I especially appreciate. He was sincere and reassuring, qualities I admire in a teacher. Highly recommended!


Returning to education after quite some years, I soon became aware my approach to academic writing was lacking. Ross's professional, patient, enthusiastic and client-specific approach, is invaluable in understanding how to prepare, structure and complete my work, utilising grammar, in a succinct fashion. My weekly sessions with Ross have boosted my understanding, confidence and skill set. Altogether an experience I have found very helpful and highly recommend.


Ross has been of invaluable help to me with my Creative Writing MA. From laying out academic essays to fine-tuning and perfecting my creative pieces, Ross has been an incredible support. He's professional, friendly, and I thoroughly recommend him.


Ross takes pride in what he does and gives the most constructive, helpful, and supportive feedback. He has helped me immensely in my writing ability and confidence. Ross spends numerous hours looking thoroughly through your work, and provides insightful and informative sessions to discuss the feedback, and is always available and contactable for further help. I couldn't recommend Ross enough, he has been so supportive in my academic writing. Thank you Ross.


Ross is outstanding. Professional, efficient and has a brilliant way with explaining complex writing and grammar issues in a clear and simple way.


Ross has been incredibly helpful and professional. I asked for his help because even though I am a published author, I have been suffering from writer's block for several years. After a couple of weeks of tutoring my confidence has been restored and I am writing again. I highly recommend him.


Ross has guided me in my ambition to write my first novel. It is a work in progress and he continues to help me as I develop my style and creative skills. He has a natural ability to impart knowledge and his enthusiasm and obvious love of language translates easily into increased confidence and motivation in his student.


Questions about this class?

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About Ross Turner

Ross Turner

Ross Turner works as a creative and critical writer, editor, and private tutor. He is currently completing his practice-led creative writing PhD at York St John University, with a focus on short story cycles. Previously, he attended the University of Gloucestershire, and achieved his BA (Hons) in Creative Writing, for which he was awarded the Francis Close Hall Creative Writing Prize for the highest dissertation mark, and his MA in Creative and Critical Writing, for which he was awarded a postgraduate bursary from the UoG Annual Fund for Excellence, and the Tutors’ Prize for outstanding academic achievement, achieving the highest aggregate mark on the course.

Ross continues to publish creative, critical, and academic work. He was the founder and editor-in-chief of Superlative—The Literary Journal, which published quality, innovative work by emerging short story writers, in order to promote new, developing authors and the art of the short story to readers worldwide.

He is a professional member of the National Association of Writers in Education (NAWE), where he attends regular writing conferences and has access to the latest writing in education materials. He enjoys educating, guest lectures on creative writing courses at colleges and universities, and has numerous education and training qualifications.

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