Margie Lawson's Immersion Master Classes

will help you transform your manuscript into a page-turner!

 

In the last seven years, Margie taught over 100 Immersion Master Classes. Enrollment is limited to seven or eight per class. The fee for 2016 Immersion classes is $700.00. The fee for 2017 Immersions is $750.

Some classes are held in Margie's home west of Denver. But she also has Immersion classes in other cities and countries.

She's taught Immersion classes in Albuquerque, Amarillo, Amelia Island (Florida), Atlanta, Columbus, Dallas, Houston,Napoleon (Ohio), Philadelphia, Phoenix, Seattle, St. Louis, San Jose, San Antonio, Washington, D.C., Whidbey Island, as well as in Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane, Australia.

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

SCROLL DOWN to see the prerequisites for Immersion Master Classes.

 

2016 Immersion Class Schedule:

1. Phoenix:  January -- FULL   

2. Denver:  February 18 - 22 -- FULL

3. Canyon Lake, Texas: March 3 - 7 -- FULL  

4. Silicon Valley, California: March 13 - 17 -- FULL

5. Denver:  April 23 - 27 --  FULL

6. Denver: May 9 – 13 -- FULL

7. Denver: May 16 - 20 -- FULL

8. Dallas: June 12 - 16 -- FULL

9. Denver: June 23 - 27 -- FULL

10. Melbourne, Australia, Advanced Immersion, August 6 - 10 -- FULL

11. Sydney, Australia, August 13 - 17 -- FULL 

12. Brisbane, Australia, August 23 - 27 -- FULL 

13. Melbourne, Australia, August 30 - Sept. 3 -- FULL 

14. Denver: September 11 - 15 -- FULL  

15. Denver: October 14 - 18, Advanced Immersion -- FULL

16. Denver: November 3 - 7, 1 Opening

17. Washington, D.C.: November 16 - 20 -- 1 Opening

2017 January - June Immersion Classes:

1. Lake Lanier, Georgia: Jan 19 - 23 -- FULL

2. Denver: Feb 1 - 5, FULL

Four or Five Immersion Classes will be held in Australia -- between Feb. 16 and March 20.

To be put on a list for one of the classes Down Under, contact Jennifer Windrow.

3. Tasmania -- FULL

4. Coffs Harbor -- Maybe 2 Openings

5. Canberra -- Maybe 2 Openings  

6. Peregian Beach, Sunshine Coast -- Maybe 2 Openings  

7. MAYBE Melbourne

8. Denver: May 22 - 26, 7 OpeningsFULL

9. Dallas, Texas: June 11 - 15, FULL

10. Denver: June 22 - 26 -- FULL    

More classes will be added!

If you're interested in an Immersion class anywhere in the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the U.K., on a cruiseship in the Caribbean, in a castle in southern France...contact  Jennifer Windrow.

Interested in hosting an Immersion class in your city? In your country? Contact Jennifer Windrow.

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

I appreciate my awesome virtual assistant, Jennifer Windrow!

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Prerequisites for Immersion Master Classes

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

 

***IMPORTANT NOTE***

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

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

Transportation is provided from Denver International Airport to Margie's home and back by Margie or her awesome, easy-to-talk-to husband, Tom.

Scheduling Your Flights:  If possible, schedule your flight to arrive at Denver International Airport between 12-3 on Day 1 and schedule your flight to  depart after 3:00 on Day 5.  If you need to schedule flights at different times, contact Margie Lawson.

 BRING a minimum of 150 pages (printed, on one side, double spaced, 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 in the morning and with writers individually in the afternoons. 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:

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  • Empowering 
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  • Body Language and Dialogue Cues
  • Visceral Responses
  • The EDITS System
  • 20+ Rhetorical Devices
  • The Four Levels of Powering Up Emotion
  • Character Descriptions

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.

 

NOTE: 2017 Immersion Class Fee - $750

Fifty percent of the registration 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. 

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

 Immersion Schedule:

Day 1: Arrival:

If possible, book your flight to arrive between 12-3. 

Kick-off Dinner at Margie’s Home (or Immersion host'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

8:30 – 12:00: Deep Editing Power

12:00 – 12:45: Lunch and Learn  

1:00 – 4:00 Individual Deep Editing Sessions with Margie

4:00 – Drive to Boulder -- transportation provided

4:30 – Margie works in coffeehouse with last two immersioners in their one-on-one sessions. Others enjoy Pearl Street, shopping, soaking up the ambiance. They can also work in the coffeehouse.

7:00 - 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:

8:30 – 12:30: Deep Editing Power

12:30 – 1:30: Lunch

1:30 – 6:00:  Individual Deep Editing Sessions with Margie

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

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

Day 4:

8:30 – 12:30: Deep Editing Power

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12:30 – 1:30: Lunch

1:30 – 6:00: Individual Deep Editing Sessions with Margie

6:30: Dinner at Wondervu Restaurant --

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

Day 5: The Last Morning

If possible, book your flight to leave after 1:30 pm.

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

-- Transportation provided to and from Denver International Airport

Attending an Immersion that's not at Margie's home?  The schedule is the same.

 

LODGING: Eldora Lodge 

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

If you're attending an Immersion class held in another city, or another country, you'd stay at a hotel in the area.

The Eldora Lodge discounts rooms for Immersion Master Class participants:

Eldora Lodge

 

  • Rooms for Immersioners are discounted $10/night when you check in.
  • Rooms have microwave, frig, and access to deck with new hot tubs 
  • Magnificent view over the canyon
  • There are single rooms and rooms available to share.

  • Check out more pictures of the Eldora Lodge on their website.

 

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 Fun Photo Gallery!

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Photo Below: On Margie's deck.

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Melbourne Imm Margie and Melanie back to back

 

 

 

 Photo on Right:  Margie and USA Today 

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Bestseller Melanie Milburne, Melbourne Immersion.

 

  

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 Photo on Right: Andrea Grigg, 1st Immersion! Class in Melbourne, Australia!

 
2015 April BOOM Smiling Alice and Margie Dushanbe

 

 

Photo on Left: Alice Yu flew from Hong Kong for Immersion class at Margie's house.

 

 

 

 

 

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Photo on Left:  Immersioners on Rocky Point, a 10 minute walk from Margie's home. Continental Divide in background.

 

 

2015 Oct DDDames Big Goodbye Hug

 

 

 

  

Photo on Right: Daring Dames of Denver, Oct. 30, 2015, Goodbye Hug.

 

Left to right: Edwina Darke, Sydney Australia,

Becky Rawnsley, Cumbria, England,

Sherry Ferrell, Fresno, California,

Lainey Marshall, Atlanta, Georgia,

Mary Birk, Denver, Colorado,

Peggy McKenzie, Colorado. 

 

 

Whidbey Island Immersion Class, Save Ann

 

Photo: Immersioners on Whidbey Island.

 

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

 

 

2014 April Zeugma Institute Immersion Class

 

 

 

Photo Below: Atlanta Immersion Class.

 

2015 April Quirky Squirrels Boulder tulips

 

 

 

 

  

Kristin Meachem's Immersion in Boulder

 

Photo on Right: From left to right: 

Mary Birk,Colorado,

Kristin Meachem, Australia, 

Julie Winterling, Maryland, Susan Baker, Texas,

Jeannie Ruesch, California, Lisa Miller, Texas,

Bronwen Jones, New Zealand

 

Margie and Kristin Meachem,  

from Melbourne, Australia. 

 

Margie and Kristin Meachem from Australia

Jeannie Ruesch

 

 

 

 

Jeannie Ruesch won the Immersion Package 

on the Diabetes Auction last year. She has two books out with Carina Press.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    

Dottie eating her first smore

 

Dottie Adamek flew in from Melbourne, Australia. 

Here she is in her first Immersion class( Colorado, 2013)--eating her first s'more.  She attended her second Immersion class in San Antonio in 2014.

And this year Dottie's hosting two Immersion classes in Melbourne, Australia. 

 

 

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Another Immersion class in Atlanta! 

Tina Dula (far left), writing as Kennedy Ryan, landed a three-book deal with Grand Central. Two of those books are now in print.

 

 

 

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

 

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IMC 2011 Liz Essex on laptop

 

 

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Elizabeth Essex, in Immersion class at her house in Dallas.

Deep editing happens everywhere, even in kitchens!

 

 


 

  

Immersion Buzz!

 

Kristin Meachem

Kristin Meachem came from Melbourne, Australia for Immersion class. The following year she won the Mainstream Category of the Colorado Gold Contest for Ten Seconds. 

"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 won a contest. 

Thank you Margie, and I’ll be back to your house on the mountain as soon as I can!"


 

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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 Immersion Master 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