DATE & TIME   |   January 16th, 2021 – Business meeting at 12:30 pm, Speaker at 1:30 pm
LOCATION   |   Meeting will be held via Zoom. See below for further instructions.
TOPIC   |   Motif and Metaphor with Jenny Crusie

Motif and metaphor are ways to deepen your story’s meaning without putting that meaning blatantly on the page. Through careful analysis of your completed first draft, you can find the things that you unconsciously put into your story and enhance them to create the kind of emotional subtext that draws a reader in without hitting her over the head with MEANING. The repetition of those motifs and metaphors can also give your story unity, making the reader feel as if she’s in safe hands, that there’s an authority in complete control of the narrative. Although motif and metaphor seem as though they belong in a English class, they’re actually valuable, practical tools for writing a compelling and unified story.

Jenny Crusie is a NYT bestseller and two-time RWA Rita winner. She has written more than twenty novels, which have been published in 20 countries. She has a Master’s degree from Wright State University in Professional Writing and Women’s Literature and an MFA from the Ohio State University. She has taught at Antioch University, Wright State University, Ohio State and McDaniel College, where she helped design the curriculum for the graduate level Romance Writing program.

Our meeting will be held via Zoom. The password will be posted on the Central Ohio Fiction Writers Group page which can be accessed via the Romance Writers of America website under the Forums tab. If anyone has any questions, email