Immersion Master Class

 2014 April Zeugma Institute Immersion ClassLearn how to transform your manuscript into 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, Seattle, and on Whidbey Island.

Photo Above: Immersion class in Atlanta.

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.

Enrollment is limited to 7 participants per session.

Cluckys Class in Boulder


Immersion class is brain-stretching work.

We take short breaks to get out of the house and out of our heads.

Photo on Right: Immersion class in Colorado.




Whidbey Island Immersion Class, Save Ann


Photo on 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) will be 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. 

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Photo on Right:  Immersion in Deleware.

Class members are analyzing EDITS System patterns.




Below:  Lynn Kellan in a one-on-one with Margie, Deleware Immersion.

   Margie and Lynn K Philly Immersion


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


Margie taught eleven Immersion classes between January and July, 2014. The six remaining Immersion Classes in 2014 are full. If you'd like to be on a waiting list, please contact Lori Freeland.


2014 Immersion Classes, Sept. - Nov.

1. Denver: Sept. 7 - 11, Full  

2. Houston: September 18  – 22, FULL

3. Denver: October 9 - 13, FULL

4. Columbus Area: Oct. 16-20, FULL

5. Denver: Nov. 2 - 6, FULL             

6. Jacksonville: Nov. 13 - 17, FULL

7. Washington D.C.: Nov. 20 - 23, FULL

 Sarah Whitney, St. Louis Immersion

       2014 St. Louis Immersion Sarah Whitney on floor


Fee: $625

1. Atlanta: Jan. 25-29, FULL

2. Denver: Feb. 12-16, FULL

3. Denver: Mar.16 – 20, 3 openings

4. Denver: May 17 – 21, 5 openings

5. Amarillo: June 3 - 7, 4 openingsEDITS System Highlighted Pages

6. Dallas: June 14 – 18, 3 openings


If you'd like to register for an Immersion Master Class, contact Lori Freeland.



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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



Even if you have attended ECE or Deep Editing or Writing Body Language in a full day master class, it is important for you to have covered all the material offered in these three courses prior to attending the Immersion class.

You must meet the prerequisites by taking the on-line courses or completing the lecture packets.



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!




Dinner at Dushanbe in Boulder.


Transportation is provided from Beautiful Minds with Margie in Coffeeshop

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 (hard copy), or a full manuscript (hard copy).


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,

including:View of class from balcony

  • 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:


Day 1: Arrival: (please plan 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:(Please plan your return flight to leave Denver  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



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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