Immersion Master Class

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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.

Whidbey Island Immersion Class, Save Ann

 

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.  

 

2014 Immersion Classes, Sept. - Nov.

1. Denver: Sept. 7 - 11, FULL  

2. Houston: September 18  Margie and Lynn K Philly Immersion – 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, 1 opening

 

       2014 St. Louis Immersion Sarah Whitney on floor

2015 IMMERSION CLASSES

Fee: $625

1. Atlanta: Jan. 25 - 29, FULL

2. Denver: Feb. 12 - 16, FULL

3. Denver: March 7 - 11, FULL

4. Denver: March 16 – 20, FULL

5. Denver: May 17 – 21, FULL

6. Amarillo: June 3 - 7, 3 Openings

7. Dallas: June 14 – 18, FULL

8 and 9: Two Immersion classes in Melbourne, Australia, in August, dates to be determined.

10. Denver: September 24 - 28

11. Denver:

12. Denver: October 25 - 29

13. Denver: November 2 - 6

 

 

 

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!

Dates for the Fall, 2015 Immersion classes will be added in January. Margie will offer some Immersion classes in September, October, and November too. If you'd like to be on a list for a Fall class, contact Lori Freeland.

 

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

 

***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.

 

 

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,

including:

  • 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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