Margie Grads are BUZZing about Margie!


romily bernardRomily Bernard, award-winning author of Find Me released from Harper Collins in 2013. 

"Your classes (both online and at the Georgia writing conference) changed my life!! My YA debut sold in a three-book, pre-empt to Harper Collins. Phoebe was so very complimentary about the way I render emotion and tension on the page and I know I have you to thank!"



 ~Randy Ingermanson, Ph. D., award-winning fiction author, and author of WRITING FICTION FOR DUMMIES
I'm a huge fan of Margie Lawson's courses, both the ones she teaches in person and the ones she sells on her web site. Margie is a psychologist who applies what she knows about human psychology to writing fiction. I believe her material is brilliant. 



Katie McGarry elevator door at RWA Atlanta


 "Margie Lawson's classes helped take my writing to the next level to become published."

Katie McGarry, Rita Finalist and award-winningauthor of Pushing the Limits and Dare You To








 Tracy BroganTracy Brogan 

Award-winning, Bestselling author, two-time Golden Heart Finalist and 2013 Rita Finalist.


"I’ve taken several of Margie’s classes and each one has been a gem. My first was “Defeating Self-Defeating Behaviors” and it was exactly what I needed to jumpstart my career and overcome the obstacles in my way. Now I’m a best-selling RITA finalist, but I still review my notes from Margie’s lessons whenever I’m about to edit a manuscript. Her online courses provide a way to learn while working around your schedule, but taking a course with her in person is as energizing as it is educational. A it’s just plain fun! She gets to the heart of an author’s voice and pulls out the best from each sentence. Margie is masterful at teaching writers how to fully engage the reader, elicit their emotions, and thrill them with a fabulous story."

Jaye WellsJaye Wells award-winnning, USA TODAY Bestselling author of The Sabina Kane Series
"Margie Lawson's classes are the perfect choice for authors looking to take their writing craft to the next level. I take her workshops and classes whenever my schedule allows and always walk away better for it. She demands hard work, but the results can not be denied. Margie will make you a better writer." 




Laura Drake head shot with flowersLaura Drake, newly contracted author


"When I took my first Margie Lawson class, the paradigm shift I experienced was more like an earthquake -- I saw everything differently. I took more of her classes. I finished the book, and dusted off my drawer-dwe ller in her Masters Class. I sold both books in a three book deal to Grand Central. A few months later I got a contract for a fourth book. And I recently got contracted for three more books! I have Margie to thank for teaching me how to deep edit to get power on every page."




Lara ChapmanLara Chapman, 2012 RITA Nominee for her Young Adult,Flawless


"What you learn from Margie is a writing-career changer! You will never look at your writing the same way again. Regardless of where you are in your writing - newbie or multi-published - Margie will teach you how to write a page-turner." 



ElizabethEssexElizabeth Essex, mulit-published author, 2012 RITA Finalist for her historical, The Danger of Desire


"I've attended one of Margie's all-day seminars, taken all her online classes; attended her workshops at RWA conferences, and flown to Colorado to attend her four-day Immersion class. Margie taught me to challenge and push myself to make the hard changes from the first page of a manuscript until the very last. Working with Margie, you'll have the tools to make every single word count."






"I was taking Empowering Characters' Emotions when a writing contest deadline approached. Figuring a contest was a good way to see if the ECE techniques really worked, I pulled out an older book that had been thoroughly rejected by editors, agents, and contest judges. I invested a few hours into highlighting, analyzing, and rewriting the first chapter, then sent in the entry. When the finalists were announced, my name was on the list! ECE helped me to see what was wrong with my writing and gave me tools to fix it. I learned so much in ECE, I signed up for Deep Editing and am thoroughly enjoying that one too!"

Lisa Tuttle, finalist in the 2009 Genesis Contest for unpublished writers


Allison Brennan headshot"Margie Lawson, a brilliant psychologist, teaches a class on editing that, ahem, truly tested me. She uses color-coding to dissect writing in order to empower your stories. Yes, color-coding (sheesh, does everyone else use color-coding? Am I the only black-and-white writer out there? Black=ink; white=paper.) But I learned from Margie how to fix my prose. When I edit, I usually read outloud--and sometimes, the rhythm is off but I don't know why. While I don't get out my highlighter and start marking up my manuscript, I think about her advice on weak words, unnecessary repetition, and finding the emotional key of the scene. I was able to absorb her lectures and use the lessons that fit in with my writing style."

~Allison Brennan, NYT Bestseller


Randy Ingermanson"In the twenty years I've been writing fiction, two teachers have astounded me with their insights and taughtWriting Fiction for Dummies me something radically new:  Dwight Swain and Margie Lawson. Margie has made an enormous splash among novelists with her Deep Editing class and her Empowering Character Emotions class.  I absolutely love her work. After reading Margie's material on nonverbal communication and empowering character emotions, something clicked in my brain.  Fiction is about giving readers a powerful emotional experience. Margie taught me a new ways to empower my writing."

~Randy Ingermanson, Ph. D., award-winning fiction author, and author of WRITING FICTION FOR DUMMIES



"I looked back at the changes I made during Margie's on-line deep edits class and was amazed at what I had written. There was no way I could have been the one to write those words. Add to that Margie's extremely constructive feedback and I 'think' I have something to sell."

~Leanne Ihmel, a graduate of several of Margie's on-line classes


"Normally, writing books and such are useless to me. They are too dry in their approach and do not present the information in a Jagi Lamplighter Head shotway I find usable. Only Donald Maass's book has worked for me in the past. But the moment I saw your comments on Jeri Smith-Ready's website and your website, I had hope that your approach would be workable for me.
Well, I got sooo much out of your class last fall! Four things really stuck with me: adding pink, making descriptions fresh, adding a touch of ping-pong dialogue, and using the EDITS system to check the balance of the scene to see if anything is missing.
 I'm not saying that if you looked at my manuscript, you would see enough of these things all the time -- but you'd sure see a lot more than there used to be. I felt so good when my husband (award-winning author) read a phrase of my pink and exclaimed, "Oh, that's good. I've never heard it phrased that way before!"
 ~Jagi Lamplighter Wright, author of PROSPERO LOST
"I can't say enough about your class. I was one of the many lurkers who were madly following along with all the lessons and homework. What a whirlwind month! I learned so much, and I will continue to learn from your lessons. Thank you so much for your time and lack of sleep."

~Amy Wang, from Deep Editing:  The EDITS System, Rhetorical Devices, and More!


"I bought Margie's DEEP EDITING Lecture Packet when I was 1/3 into editing ANCIENT WHISPERS.  After I used her EDITS System and did some Deep Editing, my critique partners couldn't believe the changes in my writing. I have to say that my entire manuscript was Deep Edited before I entered the American Title Contest.  ANCIENT WHISPERS is my first manuscript.  Winning the American Title V has given me tremendous validation for my writing."         

~Marie-Claude Bourque, American Title V WINNER, ANCIENT WHISPERS


"WOW!  I'm not anywhere close to finishing your courses and already it has made a tremendous difference in my writing. The EDITS system is pure brilliance!   Just what I needed to help me see the weak areas of my manuscript . I know moving forward I will write differently. I can't wait to finish reading all the materials. Then I'll read them again! Thank you so much for sharing your talent."

~Devon Gray, Wild Rose Press, bestselling author


"After I took Margie Lawson's Master Class at a conference two years ago, the quality of my writing improved by an order of magnitude. Margie's trademark EDITS system is the perfect diagnostic tool for any fiction writer. Her insight into the psychological and literary tools that make bestselling fiction crackle is deep and powerful. I can hardly wait to attend another of Margie's Master Classes."

~Salvatore "Sam" Falco, Florida Writers Association


collen coble

"The workshop I went to last month was the best I've ever been to, bar none. And I've been to plenty. LOL  Margie's workshop was so awesome, I've asked her to do an Early Bird at the American Christian Fiction Writers Conference. I'm going over my notes from what she taught before I start my next book, and she's a genius, pure and simple."

~Colleen Coble, CEO of American Christian Fiction Writers, bestselling author of Anathema and Abomination


"Defeat Self Defeating Behaviors Class is one of the most focused, useful, inspiring classes it has been my privilege to take. Margie's insight and encouragement can take the most self-defeating personality and turn it into an SDB-whomping, enthusiastic-goal-meeting machine!"

~Ginger Duran, a graduate of four of Margie's on-line classes



"Margie's Empowering Characters' Emotions and Deep Editing classes not only helped me to get in touch with my characters' visceral reactions, they also showed me ways to use my characters' emotions to drive my plots in compelling and evocative new directions!"

~CJ Lyons, bestselling author of LIFELINES, WARNING SIGNS


"Margie Lawson's EDITS System -- Powerful tools to ramp up your story from luke warm to a blistering hot NYT Diana CosbyBestseller!"

~Diana Cosby, award-winning author of His Captive and His Woman, The MacGruder Brothers Series



"When I'm reading, I'm LOOKing at the words, reading the story. The EDITS system takes me to a whole new level - helps me truly SEE what's missing, over-used patterns, my strengths and opportunities.  And even more importantly, it helps me SEE how to make my writing shine."

~Cherry Vanderbeke, from Deep Editing:  The EDITS System, Rhetorical Devices, and More!


"I loved your class and will use your DEEP EDITING techniques in books to come.  Thanks again.  I'll be telling all of my author friends."

Karin Gillespie


~Karin Gillespie, National Bestselling author of Bottom Dollar Book, Series and co-author of Sweet Potato Queen's First Big-Ass Novel.




"I use the psychologically-based techniques I learned in Margie's Empowering Characters' Emotions class to add texture and flavor to my writing.  Margie taught me that a visceral response will outdo an adverb every time.  Now my heroine's heart no long beats loudly - it pounds like a drunk in an old western dragging his tin cup across the jail bars."

~Margaret Crowley, Unpublished and improving, Central Ohio Fiction Writers


"WOW!  What a powerhouse of information you have in your Lecture Packets.  So much to absorb, even though I have studied them thoroughly.  I credit your lectures with showing me how to take my writing to the next level, that of being published, as I did this year with HEART OF THE DRUAE, (Black Lyon Publishing, Ancient Times Romance Line opener), my finalist from the Colorado Gold 2007. Whenever I can, I rave about your Lecture Packets as the single most comprehensive work on best-selling-writing-techniques available!  You don't mind if I brag on you a little, do you?” Thanks again!"



Nicola Marsh"Once again a heartfelt thank you for your brilliant course.  I'm singing your praises (cliché alert!) to every writer I know :) Your 'Deep Editing' course gave me the opportunity to take my writing to the next level.  Enlightening.  Informative.  Brilliant. Can't recommend it highly enough."

~Nicola Marsh, author of sassy, sexy romance for Harlequin Romance and Presents.



"I used Margie's empowering techniques when working on my revisions for TEXAS HOLD HIM.  They really intensified the climactic scene and strengthened my manuscript over all.  TEXAS HOLD HIM has since been picked up by Dorchester Publishing and was released in April!"

~Lisa Cooke, Humorous historicals have a blast in the past, Texas Hold Him (Dorchester Publishing, April 09)


"I LOVED Margie Lawson's class. WOW. WOW. WOW. Wish I would have discovered her sooner. Fabulous. My writing will soar to the next level. She's an incredible teacher and such a fun teacher. Great lady. I plan to take all her online courses.


A friend who attended RWA National said that at the Steeple Hill spotlight, editors Krista Stroever and Melissa EndlichCheryl Wyatt mentioned my books and how they have this depth of emotion that makes them cry. They said that's the kind of emotive writing they want to see from authors trying to break in. Margie, I know I have you to thank for the strong core of emotion that people say are in my books. Thank you for bringing your wealth of knowledge and sharing with us. You truly are amazing.”

~Cheryl Wyatt, Author of Inspirational Action Romance


"Margie Lawson's workshop, Empowering Characters' Emotions, was just what I needed to infuse extra oomph into my WIP. It's amazing what a handful of highlighters and some out-of-the-box thinking can do.  Her exercises on the four levels of emotion not only helped my characters, but empowered me as well.”

~Susan Gee Heino, "Mistaken By Moonlight" -- 2008 Golden Heart finalist, Regency Historical Category


"I constantly think how different and IMPROVED my writing is because of your teachings. I can't gush enough. :-) No class or book has come close to making the difference that your classes have. Your Empowering Characters' Emotions and Deep Editing classes have pushed my writing to a new level. With your tools, I'm more inspired, excited, and confident in my writing than I've ever been."

~Linda Covella, graduate of several of Margie's on-line courses


"I just attended your workshop in Toronto on Saturday and I wanted to let you know that I was so thrilled to learn as much as I did!

I immediately came home and worked on highlighting two books:  One that I really enjoyed and the other I really didn't.  I was amazed.  The one I didn't enjoy had so much yellow, my highlighter nearly ran out of ink.  The other, had every color on almost every page. Thank you so much!"

See you on the NYT Best seller list.

~C. Taylor, TRW Toronto


"As Mini Con conference coordinator for Central New York RWA chapter, I bring in speakers that will help authors at all levels of their careers.  Margie Lawson’s workshops offer unique and practical tactics to teach writers how to craft a best seller.  Not only is Margie engaging as a speaker, but her energy level is contagious.  Many authors e-mailed thanking me for bringing her to our chapter and shared how her hands-on approach has improved their writing.  I highly recommend Margie and all of her workshops.  What you will learn will take your work to a new level."

~Jennifer Talty, writer and presenter, Central New York RWA


"When I first sent my manuscript to a freelance editor, she said: "This novel has no emotion. You need to take Margie Lawson's class."   So I took your class, right?  Then, this week I just got it back again from a different freelance editor and the first thing she said was, 'I'm glad to see a lot of emotion in this story. That's one thing that I get the most frustrated with in the many pieces I've critiqued.'"



"I booked Margie to give her Empowering Characters' Emotions Workshop for Central Ohio Fiction Writers.  Because her techniques apply to all genres, it was easy to attract writers from outside our chapter. I got such an overwhelming response, I had to book a bigger classroom. Margie still managed to connect with each student, making sure they understood how her psychologically-based techniques could improve their work. Attendees were so pleased, several joined our writing group afterwards."

~Margaret Crowley COFW, RWA - Workshop Coordinator


"Before taking Margie's workshop, my writing was ho-hum. Margie showed me how to ratchet up the suspense and breathe life into my characters. Since taking the workshop, I finaled for an Eppie award, and I'm getting five star reviews!"

~Carol Ann Erhardt, Foxfire, The Wild Rose Press


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 Miss one of Margie's courses?

 Don't want to wait until the course is offered again?

 Lecture packets are available for most of Margie's online courses.



  Lecture packets are available through Paypal at $22 per course.  



If you register for an on-line course, the lectures are included in the course. You do NOT need to buy the Lecture Packet separately.


New to Margie's lectures? Reading the packets or taking the online courses in the following order will be the most helpful. Each course builds on another. These are also the three prerequisites for Margie's Master Immersion Class. 


1. Empowering Characters’ Emotions

2. Deep Editing: The EDITS System, Rhetorical Devices, and More

3. Writing Body Language and Dialogue Cues Like a Psychologist


cheersCongrats Fae Rowen! Keeping Athena, Science fiction romance, finaled in the Fool for Love contest and the On the Far Side contest. And Prism, YA science fiction, finaled in the Sheila and finaled in On the Far Side contest.   


CHEERS for the Quarter Finalists

of Amazon's Breakthrough Novel Contest:

amazon breakthrough

Amy Caldwell (writing as Liv Rancourt) 


Abbie Roads

Dana Summers



Way to go Greg Henry! Greg stole two of the three finalist spots in the CTRWA Write Stuff Contest for the Young Adult category with Living with the Undead and Prisoner's Poison.


Congrats Immersion Grad, Jennifer Windrow! Evil's Unlikely Assassin placed in the top three of the On the Far Side Contest of the Fantasy and Paranormal Chapter of RWA.


RITA and GOLDEN HEART finalists!


Best First Book:

The Sweet Spot by Laura Drake

Contemporary Romance

Rescued by a Stranger by Lizbeth Selvig

The Sweet Spot by Laura Drake

Historical Romance

The Autumn Bride by Anne Gracie

Sonata for a Scoundrel by Anthea Lawson

Paranormal Romance

The Devil’s Heart by Cathy Maxwell

Heart of Obsidian by Nalini Singh

Immortally Ever After by Angie Fox

Romantic Suspense

The Killing Game by Toni Anderson



Paranormal Romance

“Fit to Die” by Pintip Dunn

Romantic Suspense

“Dangerous Dreams” by Abbie Roads

 "See Her No More" by Sharon Wray

“Chasing Damn” by Denny S. Bryce

 Young Adult Romance

“Carlie in Crisis” by Pintip Dunn


Breaking News:

Anna Stewart headshotCongrats Anna J. Stewart! Anna's debut novel, ASKING FOR TROUBLE, will be released by Berkley Intermix in February 2015. The Lantano Valley contemporary romance series will continue with  HERE COMES TROUBLE and THE TROUBLE WITH NATHAN soon after.  Anna's novella THE CHRISTMAS WISH will be released by Harlequin Heartwarming  in December, 2014.  CHRISTMAS, ACTUALLY, also features stories from Anna Adams and fellow Margie grad Melinda Curtis.   

julie gloverImmersion Grad Julie Glover:  SHARING HUNTER: Won First in Utah RWA Great Beginnings Contest, YA/NA category!

Suzanne Purvis finaled in the Bethlehem Writers Roundtable Short Story Award!suzanne purvis



jen windrowJenn Windrow finaled in her second contest in 2 months -- latest  from the Houston Writer's Guild!



Kimberly Belle's debut novel,  THE LAST BREATH, MIRA, will be released this fall!

Rhay Christou's debut novel, I DO NOT, Spencer Hill, will be released in 2016!



Jaye WellsJaye Wells, Two Time Immersion Grad Dirty Magic


Kirkus Reviews -- selected DIRTY MAGIC a best bet SFF read for January, 2014 http://


The Magical Enforcement Agency is tasked with keeping "dirty" magic off the streets in Dirty Magic by Jaye Wells. That's all well and good, until patrol cop Kate Prospero learns that the lead suspect in an important case is the man she walked way from 10 years ago.



1554626 606601552721585 1156827245 nMelissa McClone won the 2013 Snowglobe award for Home for Christmas

Home for Christmas




Marina AdairMarina Adair  sold over 50,000 copies of KISSING UNDER THE MISTLETOE! Marina's publisher sent her a box of treats to celebrate!Kissing Under the Mistletoe







rushMargie is on New York Times Bestselling Author, Joan Swan's, Acknowledgment page for Rush!

"To Margie Lawson, whose expertise of language and emotion have done more for mRush acknoly writing than any other single source, all the while making me laugh until I cried."





Romily Bernard Writer's Digest



Romily Bernard appearing in Writer's Digest this month

with her September release of Find Me.




Katie McGarry elevator door at RWA Atlanta


Way to go, Margie-Grad Katie McGarry


for the elevator door wrap of your book cover at RWA National in Atlanta!


Check out Katie McGarry's YA's by Harlequin Teen:


Debut YA: Pushing the Limits, 2012


Dare You To, 2013


Stellar stories! Stellar writing!



Julie Kibler and book cover in Milan ItalyKudos to Margie-Grad Julie Kibler!


Calling Me Home book signing in Milan, Italy!


heck out the picture of Julie Kibler, and a poster of her book cover, in Milan!


Julie is a multi-Margie-grad, and attended an Immersion Master Class at Margie's home in Colorado. Read about the amazing success of her debut novel, Calling Me Home, on the Pubbed Margie-Grad Blog!


Calling Me Home sold at auction to St. Martin's Press, and has been optioned by Warner Bros. for film. Calling Me Home is being touted as the next The Help.  

Julie Kibler Calling Me Home Cover



Enjoy this review:


“If Julie Kibler's novel Calling Me Home were a young woman, her grandmother would be To Kill a Mockingbird, her sister would be The Help and her cousin would be The Notebook. But even with such iconic relatives, Calling Me Home stands on her own; this novel uncovers a painful past that tells us so much about who we are, where we're going, and the people who are traveling with us."


~ Wiley Cash, New York Times bestselling author of A Land More Kind Than Home


Contest/Award CHEERS!

Kristin Meachem

Kristin Meachem(Immersion Grad) Won the Mainstream Category at the 2013 Colorado Gold Contest for Ten Seconds.



dottieDorothy Adamek. (Immersion Grad) Won the Faith, Hope and Love,
Touched by Love contest for unpublished writers in 2013. Not only did she win the historical category, she won the overall contest with her entry, The Everlasting



Tracy BroganTracy Brogan. Bestselling author, two time Golden Heart Finalist, First Place Winner in the Golden Quill, and 2013 Rita Finalist for Crazy Little Thing.

First Place in the Golden Quill and First Place Historical in the Greater Detroit Book Sellers Best Contest for Highland Surrender. 




Robin Kaye Robin Kaye (Immersion Grad) Golden Heart Winner, 2007, First Place Launching a Star Contest and Holt Medallion 2009 for Best Romantic Comedy forRomeo, Romeo. Holt Medallion 2010 for Best Romantic Comedy Too Hot Too Handle. Finalist Bookseller's Best Contemporary Romance 2013 for Back To You: Bad Boys of Red Hook.




Christina DelayChristina Delay (2X Immersion Grad) 2013 Winner of the Writers Type First Chapter Monthly Contest for Nocturne.



Kimberle SwaakKimberle Swaak (2x Immersion Grad) 2012 Finalist, Georgia Romance Writers Unpubbed Maggie, 2011 Finalist, West Houston RWA’s Emily, 2nd place, SpacecoasT Authors of Romance Launching a Star Contest, 2011, 2nd place, First Coast Romance Writers Beacon Contest, 201, 3rd place, Chick Lit Writers of the World Get Your Stiletto in the Door Contest, 2011 for Trust Me.



 Melanie Milburne. (RUBY Winner) Finalist Booksellers Best Award for Enemies at the Altar

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2013 Australian Romance Readers Association nomination for Most Popular Category Romance Novel and 2012 Romantic Times Top Pick for Deserving of His Diamonds


2012 Finalist in The Romance Writers of Australia R*BY Award for The Wedding Charade. 




Kristina McMorrisKristina McMorris 2013 RITA Nominee and Coffee Time Romance's Best Book of the Year for Bridge of Scarlett Leaves. 

New York Times Bestseller List six straight weeks, hitting #9, for A Winter Wonderland.

2011 Semifinalist in the Goodreads Choice Awards for Best Historical Fiction for Letters From Home, which also sold foreign rights to the U.K., China, and Poland.

Recently signed a two-book contract with Kensington for 2013.


JulieKibler Headshot2013Julie Kibler A February 2013 IndieNext pick for her debut novel, Calling Me Home

A winter/spring 2013 SIBA Okra pick. First print run--100,000 copies! And a Warner Bros. has picked up film rights. 


Lara ChapmanLara Chapman (2X Immersion Grad) 2012 RITA Nominee for Flawless.

2012 International Reading Association Young Adult List.



AnnaDaisiesAnna Stewart 2012 Finalist in The Golden Heart in Novel with Strong Romantic Elements for The Devil She Knows.







Margaret Carroll! RITA Finalist. A DARK LOVE. Bertlesmann/Random House 

Publishers Weekly’s Top 100 Books of 2009 list. Third printing in Germany in 2012.

Rita finalist.


Allison Brennan picAllison Brennan. Multiple Award Winning NYT Bestselling Author. 


Shirley Jump



Shirley Jump NYT and USA Today Bestselling Author.




CJ LyonsCJ Lyons NYT Bestselling Author. BLIND FAITH, debuted on the New York Times Bestseller list at #2








Jaye WellsJaye Wells (Immersion Grad) USA Today Bestselling Author.

Best Urban Fantasy 2012 for Blue-Blooded Vamp by RT Book Reviews Reviewer's Choice Awards.


Joan Swan




Joan Swan (Immersion Grad) 2012 Grave Tells Best Book Award for Blaze and Debut Author Award. 

Renee Ryan



Renee Ryan 2012 Daphne Du Maurier Award For Excellence In Mystery/Suspense, Inspirational Division for Courting the Enemy.




Roxanne RustandRoxanne Rustand 2011 Winner RT Bookclub Magazine Reviewer’s Choice Best Love Inspired Suspense for MURDER AT GRANITE FALLS. 

2011 RT Bookclub Magazine Reviewer’s Choice Nominee Best Love Inspired Suspense for DUTY TO PROTECT.





Lyn Cote 2012 Winner Holt Short Inspirational Category for Daddy in the Making.

2011 Winner Carol Award in Short Historical for Her Healing Ways. 


tmarchTracy March (Immersion Grad) GIRL THREE. Entangled Publishing.

First Place—2010 Fire and Ice Contest Mainstream Novel with Romantic Elements Chicago-North RWA. 

First Place—2010 Sheila Contest Mainstream Novel with Romantic Elements Valley Forge RWA.

Second Place—2010 Orange Rose Contest. Orange County RWA.


abbieroadsAbbie Roads (Immersion Grad) Finalist 2013 Daphne Du Mauier Award Single Title, Linda Howard Award For Excellence, the Laurie Contest, and Touch of Magic for Dangerous Dreams. 



Suzanne Turner (Immersion Grad) 
Gateway to the Best Grand Prize Winner, 
The Winter Rose Grand Prize Winner, 
The Marlene First Place,
 Great Expectations Second Place and a 
Bride Second Place for The Lost Chord.





Jennifer Goodnight (Immersion Grad) Finalist 2013 Daphne Du Mauier Award Paranormal for Killer Instincts. Finaled in the Music City Romance Writers Pitch Contest.


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Lori Freeland (2X Immersion Grad) 2013 Winner ACFW First Impressions, Promising Beginnings, and the Laurie Contest. Second place Winter Rose, Great Expectations, The First Smooch Contest, and finalist in Cleveland Rocks Romance and the Laurie Awards for Awakening.


Kimberly MeyerKimberly Meyer (Immersion Grad) Won an audition with Entangled Publishing's Liz Pelletier to write an "on spec" paranormal YA romance. 






Elizabeth Essex (2X Immersion Grad) 2013 Winner Readers Crown and Finalist Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence in Historical with Almost a Scandal




Tracey Devlyn  (Immersion Grad) 2013 Finalist Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence in Historical and Finalist in the Historical of The Golden Quill with her debut A Lady’s Revenge.



Vannetta Chapman


Vanetta Chapman 2013 Finalist Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence in Inspirational Single Title with Material Witness


Julie RoweJulie Rowe 2013 Winner Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence in Novella with Saving the Rifleman. Finlist in Contemporary Series with North of Heartbreak.





Adrienne GiordanoAdrienne Giordano (Immersion Grad) 2013 Finalist Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence in Novella with Negotiating Point.

2013 Finalist in the C Awards in the Romantic Suspense category forRisking Trust


Perini RobinRobin Perini 2013 Winner Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence in Romantic Suspense Series with Cowboy in the Crossfire




kim lawKim Law for SUGAR SPRINGS

2013 Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence Finalist

2013 RITA finalist for Best Contemporary Single Title.



darynda jonesDarynda Jones NYT Bestselling Author. Golden Heart Winner. 2012 RITA winner for Best First Book First Grave on the Right. St. Martin's Press. 

2012- Daphne du Maurier: Paranormal Romantic Mystery/Suspense

2012- a RITA® : Best First Book

2012 – 3 Bookie Awards

2011-HOLT Medallion: Best First Book and Best Paranormal



Fiona LoweFiona Lowe 2012 RITA winner for Contempory Single Title Romance Boomerang Bride.



romily bernardRomily Bernard 2012 GOLDEN HEART winner for YA Romance Wired. Releasing as Find Me in 2013. Harper Teen.





Contract CHEERS!


Susannah ScottSusannah Scott (3X Immersion Grad) Luck of the Dragon with Entangled Publishing, coming out 2013.


Lara ChapmanLara Chapman (2X Immersion Grad) 
THE XYZS OF BEING WICKED, in which a bookish tween girl heads off to a school for girls with witch heritage, only to discover that her gifts are much darker--and more powerful--than anticipated, to Alyson Heller at Aladdin, in a two-book deal, by Holly Root at Waxman Leavell Literary (world).



Laura DrakeLaura Drake! (Immersion Grad)

First contract: January, 2012 three book deal with Grand Central

Second contract: May 2012 - one book contract with Harlequin - Superromance

Third contract: Three book series with Superromance!


Julie KiblerJulie Kibler Foreign Rights for Calling Me Home. New Zealand/Australia, UK, Germany, Finland as well as multiple foreign language rights.







If you are a Margie grad and have news of contest wins, book sales, or awards please email Margie’s assistant Lori and share your CHEERS!



Cover-SweetonYou-SMALLRITA-Home-300x300Features Rita Winner, Laura Drake.

Teaching examples from her new novel, Sweet on You.  

Check out the learning opportunities in the Pubbed Margie Grad Blog!



  October 25:  Silicon Valley RWA, San Jose, California

Full Day Master Class: Deep Editing Power

This will be the third time for this group to bring me in to present a full day master class!

Fabulous group of talented writers!  Can't wait to see them again!




Margie's 2014 Presentation Schedule


Margie Lawson



1. Feb. 8: Colorado Romance Writers, Denver, Colorado

          The EDITS System:  The Ultimate Fix-Your-Scene Power Tool  


 2. March 1: NOLA Stars, Shreveport, Louisiana

  Full Day Master Class:  Deep Editing Power and Writing Body Language


 3. March 29: Carolina Romance Writers, Charlotte, North Carolina

             Full Day Master Class:  Empowering Characters’ Emotions


 4. April 11 – 13: Missouri Writer’s Guild, St. Louis, Missouri

             Master Class: The EDITS System: Putting Power on the Page


 5. April 26: Georgia Romance Writers, Atlanta, Georgia

             Full Day Master Class: Deep Editing Power and Writing Body Language


 6. May 3: Valley Forge RWA, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

             Full Day Master Class: Deep Editing Power


 7. June 9 – 13: West Texas A&M University’s Writer’s Academy, Canyon, Texas

             One Week Class:  Deep Editing Power


 8. July 23 – 26:    RWA National, San Antonio, Texas

             Workshop: Dialogue Cues:  Your New Go-To Tool for Empowering Subtext


 9.  September 26 – 28: Flathead River Writers Conference, Kalispell, Montana

Workshops -- To Be Determined


10.  October 4:  Montana Romance Writers, Boseman, Montana

Full Day Master Class: Deep Editing Power


11.  October 25: Silicon Valley RWA, San Jose, California

Full Day Master Class: Deep Editing Power


View of class from balcony

Transform your manuscript in to a page-turner!


In the last five years, Margie has taught over 65 Immersion Master Classes.

In 2014, Immersion classes are in St. Louis, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Dallas (2), San Antonio, Columbus, Houston, Jacksonville, Washington D.C., Seattle, and on Whidbey Island.


Photo on Left: Immersion class in Margie's log home at the top of a mountain west of Denver.

Immersioners:  Dottie Adamek, Melbourne, Australia (sitting in front of moose)

Dana Summers, Orlando, Florida, An Amazon Breakthrough Award Quarterfinalist

Geri Foster, Dallas, Texas, NYT Bestselling Author

Ashley Kath-Bilskey, Dallas, Texas, Double Daphne Winner

Natalya Whitaker, Elizabethtown, Kentucky

Amy McKenna Rae, Vancouver, Canada

Margie Lawson -- Sitting with her back to the fireplace.

Enrollment is usually 7 participants per class.

Immersion classes listed in Denver are held in Margie’s log home at the top of Coal Creek Canyon, Colorado. It's thirty minutes from Boulder, an hour west of Denver.


Whidbey Analyzing scenes


Immersion class is brain-stretching work.  We take short breaks to get out of the house and out of our heads.

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Photos on right and left,  Immersioners on Whidbey Island.


 Photo Below:  Immersion Grads attending Margie's full day workshop in Atlanta, April, 2014: Left to Right: Alicia McCalla, Kennedy Ryan, Margie, Kimberly Belle, Darcy Crowder.


Kennedy RyImmersion Grads in Atlanta Alicia Kennedy Kimberly Darciean's debut novel,WHEN YOU ARE MINE, (Grand Central)  was released June 17th!

Kimberly Belle's debut novel, THE LAST BREATH, (MIRA) was released Sept. 30th!

Check out their websites. Mark their release days on your calendar. Stellar stories. Stellar writing.

 If you know Margie, you know that's stellar praise. 




 Checking EDITS System Highlighted pagesPhoto on Right:  Immersion in Deleware.

Class members analyzing EDITS System patterns.



 TO REGISTER for an Immersion Master Class, contact Lori Freeland.   



Fee: $625


1. Denver: Feb. 12 - 16, FULL

2. Denver: March 7 - 11, FULL

3. Denver: March 16 – 20, NEW OPENINGS (3)

4. Albuquerque: March 29 - April 2, FULL

5. NEW SESSION:  Denver: April 12 - 16, 4 openings

6. NEW SESSION:  Denver:  April 26 - 30, 4 openings

7. NEW SESSION:  Provo, Utah: May 10 - 14, 5 openings

8. Denver: May 17 – 21, FULL

9. Amarillo: June 3 - 7, 1 Opening

10. Dallas: June 14 – 18, FULL

11. NEW SESSION:  Denver: June 23 - 27, 4 openings

12. Melbourne, Australia: August, Possibly 1 Opening

13: Melbourne, Australia: August, 1 Opening

14. Denver: September 24 - 28, 6 Openings

15. Denver: October 25 - 29, 4 Openings

16. Denver: November 2 - 6, 6 Openings

Additional Immersion classes may be added. 

If you'd like to register for an Immersion Master Class, or be put on a waiting list, contact Lori Freeland.


No Immersion classes in July or August in America.EDITS System Highlighted Pages


Margie is happy to share that Romance Writer's of Australia is bringing her in to present at their annual conference in Melbourne, Australia, in August, 2015. 

She was a featured presenter for them in 2008 too, and she was impressed with their conference and is thrilled to return to Australia!





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Photo on Right: Melinda Collins and Margie, working, working, working.


Prerequisites for

Immersion Master Class 

These three on-line courses or lecture packets:



1. Empowering Characters’ Emotions

2. Deep Editing: The EDITS System, Rhetorical Devices, and More

3. Writing Body Language and Dialogue Cues Like a Psychologist



Attending a full day master class does not meet the prerequisites.

You must take the on-line courses or complete the lecture packets.



Dinner at Dushanbe in Boulder.


Transportation is provided from 2014 April Zeugma Institute Immersion Class

Denver International Airport to Margie's home and back by Margie or her awesome, easy-to-talk-to husband, Tom. If possible, schedule your flight to arrive at Denver International Airport between 12-3 on Day 1 and schedule your flight to  depart after 1:30 on Day 5.  If you need to schedule flights at different times, contact
Lori Freeland.

See Denver Schedule below.


BRING a minimum of 150 pages (printed, in a binder), or a full manuscript (first 150 pages printed).


EXPECT to work for three full days (plus the afternoon and evening you arrive) dissecting, analyzing, and deep editing. 


PROCESS: Margie will review her Deep Editing techniques and analysis. She works with the group, and with writers individually each day--analyzingand deep editing. Each writer’s voice and style remain intact, while psychological power is enhanced. 

During the lunch break, participants may walk in the National Forest fifty yards from Margie's home, recline in a hammock, or relax in Adirondack chairs.


 Total immersion in Deep Editing techniques and systems,


  • Writing the full range of Body Language and Dialogue Cues
  • Empowering Visceral Responses
  • The EDITS System
  • One Sentence Analysis
  • 30 Rhetorical Devices
  • The Four Levels of Powering Up Emotion

No worries! Margie provides review sheets for each topic.

Participants will analyze and apply Deep Editing strategies to their scenes in layers, with hands-on direction and Deep Editing critique from Margie.


Registration Fee for Immersion Master Class: $625

Fifty percent of the fee is refundable until two months before class. Less than two months before class, the fee is not refundable.

The fee includes the intensive class, plus:

  • Two Dinners
  • Four Breakfasts
  • Three Lunches
  • Brain-food snacks, fitness snacks, and comfort snacks


The group goes out to dinner twice. Those two dinners are the only meals not included in the registration fee.

 Please inform Margie of special dietary needs. 


Denver Schedule and Flight Info:


Day 1: Arrival: Book your flight to arrive between 12-3.

Kick-off Dinner at Margie’s Home ---- Meet, Greet, and Eat!

4:30 PM - 6 PM Meet and Greet and Start Working 

6:00 PM – 8:30PM Dinner


Day 2: First Full Day of Immersion Master Class

  8:00 – 8:45: Breakfast and Goals Plan of DayDushanbe

 8:45 – 12:00: Deep Editing Power

 12:00 – 12:45: Lunch and Learn  

12:45 – 4:00 Deep Editing Power

4:00 – Drive to Boulder

(transportation provided)

4:30 – In Boulder, IMC'ers take turns

6:30 - Dinner in Boulder at

the Russian Tea House, Dushanbe. 

Dinner -- Fair game for edu-fun!

Rhetorical Ping Pong: Using rhetorical devices in conversation. Review sheets permitted!


Day 3:

8:00 – 8:45: Breakfast and Goals Plan of Day

8:45 – 12:30: Deep Editing Power

12:30 – 1:30: Lunch

1:30 – 6:00: Deep Editing Power

6:00'ish -- Casual dinner at Margie's house. Margie keeps working with some individuals after dinner.

Other IMC'ers may work together, or alone, or retire to the lodge.


Day 4:

8:00 – 8:45: Breakfast and Goals Plan of Daywondervucafe

8:45 – 12:30: Deep Editing Power

12:30 – 1:30: Lunch

1:30 – 6:00: Deep Editing Power

6:30: Dinner at Wondervu Restaurant --

a two minute drive from Margie’s home, transportation provided.


Day 5: The Last Morning: Book your flight to leave after 1:30 pm.

8:00 - 10:30: Immersion Class Wrap-Up

-- Transportation provided to airport


LODGING: Eldora Lodge

Immersion class members stay at the Eldora Lodge, next to Margie’s home. You can see the lodge deck from Margie’s deck.


The Eldora Lodge discounts rooms for Immersion Master Class participants:

Eldora Lodge



The Eldora Lodge only has nine rooms. Book early!


Reserve rooms through the Eldora Lodge web site. If you have questions regarding lodging, call: 303-642-7181



Elizabeth Essex, RITA Finalist, in her first Immersion class, Margie's house, 2011. 


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IMC 2011 Liz Essex on laptop




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Elizabeth Essex, in Immersion class at her house in Dallas, 2013. Deep editing happens everywhere, even in kitchens!




Immersion Buzz

Kristin Meachem"Having completed an on-line writing course which was beyond disappointing, I swore never to waste my money and do another on-line course again. I was reading Randy Ingermanson’s book and he recommended Margie’s lectures, and I trusted the man, so I bought one. I was still reading lecture one when I went back on Margie’s website and bought two more packs and signed up for my first course. I knew immediately Margie was a unique teacher. So I have evolved from POV shifts, linear load issues, vagueness, clichés, accidental rhetorical devices and echo words, to backloaded sentences, scene themed descriptions, empowered passages, fresh writing, using rhetorical devices such as zeugmas and anaphoras, and using my ear for cadence driven sentences. Thanks to Margie, I now call myself a writer. I was at Margie’s Immersion class when the bones of the story for Ten Seconds came to me. It may be my story, but I credit Margie for giving me the craft to write a story which was able to win a contest. Thank you Margie, and I’ll be back to your house on the mountain as soon as I can!"

 Kristin Meachem won the Mainstream Category of the Colorado Gold Contest for Ten Seconds. 


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"Margie Lawson's courses taught me how to bring out my voice, stand out from other authors, and sell!  After taking several courses and graduating from Immersion, I signed a 3-book contract based on a three paragraph outline and seven pages of the first book.  Here's what NYT's best-selling author Jayne Ann Krentz said about my latest single title release, Blue Rules:  Sharp, sassy, modern version of a screwball comedy from Hollywood's Golden Age except a lot hotter."

Melinda Curtis is the award winning author of eight light-hearted romance novels that span the sexy scale.



KathleenBaldwinPhotoSml "I was amazed at the personal attention Margie gives each student in her deep immersion class. Her one-on-one sessions transformed my approach to editing. So many light bulbs went off in my brain it felt like a paparazzi attack. WARNING: you may need a seven day nap afterward just to absorb it all. I picked up tools and techniques I’ll use for the rest of my career.

Margie Lawson teaches new writers the high level skills they need to write masterful prose, but she also works with strong experienced writers to help them become even stronger. Not only that, but Margie taught me to trust my instincts. That was huge and I’ll be forever grateful."

Kathleen Baldwin , Deep Edits Immersion graduate, is an award-winning, multi-published author. She recently signed a 3 book deal with Tor Teen for her upcoming series: Stranje House, A School For Unusual Girls.




Alex RatcliffAlex Ratcliff, 2012 Daphne Finalist

"Margie’s online courses and Immersion Master Class have strapped me into a skill-building machine for writers. With her help, in one year I moved from a can’t-write-a-fresh-line beginner to a Daphne finalist. Wow!"



DiAne"Since June of 2013 Margie Lawson has a special label on all my drafts—AM—meaning After Margie. Margie’s Immersion Classes have changed my writing style. Forever. Her deep editing has enabled me to detect errors before being ripped to shreds at weekly edit group. My husband (who hates to spend money and formerly hated seeing a piece of type written words in my hand) now asks to read or listen to my latest rewrite. Thanks, Margie!" 

Texas writer, DiAne Gates, illustrates and writes for children and is a writing coach with North Texas Christian Writers and a GriefShare facilitator. 


Christina Delay"I learned more at Immersion then I have in years of conferences and classes. Margie taught me how to revise and edit effectively and efficiently. Immersion on the mountain gave me an award winning first chapter and my Immersion sisters gave me insights, brainstorming sessions, and the chance to connect with an amazingly talented group of writers." Christina Delay. 


Nikki Duncan

"Margie Lawson's Master Immersion Class immerses writers in tips and techniques designed to deliver depth and emotion and richness to the stories we love to write. I now read and write on a new level that makes every story a new excitement."

 Nikki Duncan 



Immersion Fun!


Margie and Kristin Meachem from Australia



Photo on Right:Lisa Miller's Immersion in Boulder Margie and Kristin Meachem, from Melbourne, Australia. 


 Photo on Left: Mary Birk (Colorado), Kristin Meachem (Australia), Julie Winterling (Maryland), Susan Baker (Texas), Jeannie Ruesch (California), Lisa Miller (Texas), Bronwen Jones (New Zealand).



Jeannie Ruesch



Jeannie Ruesch won the Immersion Package on the Diabetes Auction last year.


Photo on Right:  Jeannie Ruesch.....working.



Dottie eating her first smore


 Dottie Adamek, from Melbourne, Australia, eating her first s'more.  Dottie won the Faith, Hope, and Love Contest!


Immersion in Atlanta!

Tina Dula, writing as Kennedy Ryan, was recently contracted -- a three-book deal with Grand Central!

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Interested in inviting Margie to present to your group?

A Full Day Master Class?

Weekend Master Class?

A Keynote Speech?

Conference Workshops?


 In the last seven years, Margie presented over seventy full day Master Classes in the U.S., Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. She developed eight in-demand online classes for writers.


Margie's Online Classes -- offered through Lawson Writer's Academy

  1. Empowering Characters’ Emotions
  2. Defeat Self-Defeating Behaviors
  3. Deep Editing, Rhetorical Devices, and More
  4. Digging Deep into the EDITS System
  5. Writing Body Language and Dialogue Cues Like a Psychologist
  6. Fab 30: Advanced Deep Editing, A Master Class
  7. A Deep Editing Guide to Make Your Openings Pop!
  8. Visceral Rules: Beyond Hammering Hearts

Workshops for Conferences

Three Categories:

  1. Writing Craft
  2. Psychology of the Writer
  3. The Criminal Mind

Writing Craft Topics:

  1. Try Lying:  Decoding Body Language – Sorting Truth and Lies
  2. Writing Body Language Like a Psychologist
  3. Writers Becoming Kinesics Specialists
  4. Dialogue Cues: Your Go-To Power Tool for Adding Subtext
  5. Writing NYT Fresh!
  6. Ker-pffft!  Onomatopoeia Pizzazz
  7. Deep Editing Power:  Take Your Writing from Good to Stellar
  8. Four Levels of Powering Up Emotion
  9. Top 20 Rhetorical Devices for Fiction Writers
  10. Rhythm and Cadence and Beats, Oh My!
  11. The EDITS System:  The Good, the Bad, and What’s Missing
  12. Hold Your Editing Horses:  Cognitive Style and the Editing Process
  13. Three Slices of Empowering Characters’ Emotions

Psychology of the Writer Topics:

  1. Right Brain, Left Brain, Whole Brain, No Brain
  2. Powering Up Body Language in Real Life
  3. Ready, Set, Change!
  4. Psyching Up, So You Don’t Go Psycho!
  5. Minds, Mindmuck, Maps, and Success
  6. Capturing the Time of Your Life
  7. Self Hypnosis:  Strength from Down Under
  8. The Psychology of Pitching and Body Language IQ
  9. Motivation Rules!
  10. Here Be Monsters:  Faulty Thinking Traps
  11. The Style Survey:  Personality Profiles for Writers and Characters
  12. Whomping Suzie-losie-her-musie and Other Productivity Stallers

The Criminal Mind Topics:

  1. Tick, Tock, Kill:  The Psychology of the Criminal Mind
  2. Interviewing Criminals:  Kinesics and Psychological Savvy
  3. Personas and Personalities:  Sociopaths, Psychopaths, and Cons

Keynote Speech Topics:

What does your group need?  What would you like?

Margie tailors keynote speeches to specific groups. Consider a topic from the Psychology of the Writer list above (modified for keynote), or select one of the topics below, or request a topic.

  1. Reaching for Pure Gold
  2. Up-Cycling Your Career
  3. Mind Monsters and Mind Magic
  4. Breaking Through to the Indubitable You
  5. Racing Toward the Finish Line When the Finish Line Keeps Moving

Margie Lawson—psychotherapist, writer, and international presenter – developed psychologically-based editing systems and deep editing techniques used by new writers to multi-award winning authors. She teaches writers how to add psychological power to create page turners.

Margie taught psychology and communication courses at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels. Her resume includes adjunct professor, clinical trainer, facilitator of trauma response sessions, and director of a counseling center.

Writers who have studied her material credit her innovative editing approaches with taking their writing several levels higher—to publication, awards, and bestseller lists.

Please contact Margie for more information.