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  • Feb., 2016: 30 Days to a Stronger Novel

    Instructor: Lisa WellsLisa Wells head shot

    Feb. 1 - 29;  Fee: $50

    "CHANGE IS SUCH HARD WORK..." BILLY CRYSTAL

    Change is hard work. But that's what it takes if you're trying to land an agent or a contract and all you get is rejections.


    30 Days to a Stronger Novel is for all frustrated writers who have spent their hard earned money on books and conferences only to realize that their manuscripts are receiving a "Pass" from agents and editors.

    If you've read the how-to books, attended the conferences, have mastered the art of story structure, and know your grammar rules, you're only halfway there. Sure - you have a manuscript that is better than most being sent to agents and editors. But better than most is not getting you published. Why? Because your manuscript is not yet at the WOW level.
    It doesn't matter if your plot points and pinch points are all in the right places. Or if your character arcs are stupendous. Of if your hooks are incredible.

    None of these things matter if you don't have the knowledge to add in the WOW factor to your manuscript.

    I'm not talking about the big things that are taught so beautifully by Margie Lawson. I'm talking about the little things. The little things that add up to SOLD.

    What is the Wow factor? It is that elusive something that takes a manuscript from solid to sold.

    Solid + the little things = Sold.

    The WOW factor is what agents and editors are saying you don't have when they say your manuscript just didn't grab them the way they'd hoped for.

    Do you want to add the WOW factor to your manuscript? Yes? Then this class is designed for you.


    There are 30 days and 15 WOW assignments. How much time you put into the assignments will have an impact on how great of a change you bring about in your book.
    Here are a few of the lessons in this action packed class:

    • Reader Emotion Scavenger Hunt - if you take this course for no other reason than one - this is the ONE reason to take this class. You've taken classes and read books on how to get across to the reader what emotion your character is feeling, but have you taken a class on manipulating what the reader is feeling?

    • Backstory Funeral

    • The Puzzle Effect

    • Get a MacGuffin - not to be confused with an Egg McMuffin

    • Structure Check-up

    • Spank Your Characters - no, this is not an X-rated assignment.

    • Pick a Scene and Get It High

    • Firsts

    • Lasts

    • Character Trait Sneak Attack - a fantastic approach to revealing character traits to the reader. This is a: DON'T WANT TO MISS IT LESSON.

    Give me 30 Days, and I'll give you a stronger novel.

    Lisa Wells is a 22-year veteran educator. For the past 16 years, she's enjoyed a rollercoaster journey called: The School Counselor – Dramas, Dreams, and Destinies. Add the theme song to Jaws, and you have the feel for this fun ride.

    Author of DIBS, a sexy romance, nominated as Debut Book That Rocks and Best Book of The Year, Lisa believes writers should never quit studying their craft.  When she decided to write a series and couldn't find affordable material that taught the nuances of writing series vs. stand alone books, she designed her own how-to-class. Self-appointed number one fan of Margie Lawson, she is thrilled that Margie Lawson invited her to teach at Lawson Writer's Academy.

    Twitter @lisawells1

    www.lisawellsauthor.com


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  • Feb., 2016: Crafting 3D Worlds on 2D Pages

    Marcus Smith, Head shotInstructor: Marcus Smith

    Dates: February 1 - 29; Fee: $60

    Whether you are writing urban fantasy or science fiction your characters live in, are defined by, and change their world.

     No matter how polished your prose, if the world you build around your characters lacks construction, compelling elements, and critical points of relatability, your audience will fail to connect, marooning your characters and keeping the reader from being hooked.

     This course teaches you how to write with a view of your world, so that every page of every scene comes alive. Whether it is a Denebian Brain Worm, a vampiric gaze, or a witch's spell, your writing will grip your reader and draw them into the fully three dimensional world your story deserves.

    We will cover:

    -----  The nuts and bolts of imagining a rich intriguing world without going crazy!

    -----  How to turn your world into 'frames' and 'lenses' which are slid into your scenes to add depth and texture and emotion.

    -----  Character. Character. Character. How your POV and supporting cast work together to reveal your world in a consistent believable manner, with coverage of fish-out-of-water situations.

    -----  Showing how the needs of your world can be the genesis of your villains to build obstacles that flow naturally from the setting and fuel your inspiration.

    -----  Avoiding the pitfalls that have hit even best selling novelists as their worlds are stretched across a series.      

     Excited? Elated? Enthusiastic?

    Well get ready, because we're going to have a lot of fun together. This course will be taught with both traditional documents, lectures, media clips, interviews with well known authors and some up and comers, as well as podcasts with yours truly and surprise guests who will give you different perspectives on how to bring your writing to life.

    Every participant in the course will receive a personal edit of five pages of your work with the possibility to earn more through participation. Details will be part of the first lesson.

    Let's roll up our sleeves and get to work...we've got a world to build.

    Marcus Smith

    MK Smith, writes urban fantasy with attitude, telling stories filled with quirky imperfect characters trying to survive life, friendship, and each other. Part Choctaw, all storyteller, a neighbor taught him to love fantasy when she gave him his first book. Since then he has flown on dragons, carried baleful magic in faraway lands, fought supernatural powers, and lived the melancholy of the eternal elves. But the Fey are closest to his heart. And he loves telling their stories round the fire or at his keyboard late into the night. And he’ll keep telling those stories until he becomes a story himself.

    He's a multi-immersioner, with Margie Lawson's seal of approval tattooed down the full length of his arm.

    MK's first Urban Fantasy was released in 2015:  Serena's Fall, where the combat boots are tight and the corset is tighter.

    Twitter: http://twitter.com/authormksmith

    Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/authormksmith


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  • Feb., 2016: Pinterest for Authors: Developing your Author Brand via Pinterest

    Instructor: Lana Pattinson

    February 1 - 29;  Fee:  $40

    Whether you are new to Pinterest or already have a personal account, we’ll discuss strategies for branding yourself as an author and developing your Author Platform.

    We’ll cover the following topics:

    • Why Pinterest?
      • We’ll find out why Pinterest is an important part of your Author Platform, and why & when it may be a better choice than Facebook or Twitter.
    • The Basics: Setting up your Account
      • Setting up your profile and creating key Boards
    • Pinterest as part of your Social Media plan and how to manage your time
      • What do you want to accomplish / Setting goals
    • Targeting your Audience
      • Let’s look at ways that we can define and appeal to your target audience
    • How to make a great Pin
      • What makes a great Pin
      • Tools and Programs you can use for creating Pinnable images
      • Important information to include when creating your Pins
    • Interacting on Pinterest
      • Purpose and how to use Group Boards
      • Other ways to interact on Pinterest (comments, likes, etc).
    • Nuts & Bolts: How to Pin, Whom to follow
      • How to Pin for maximum effect
      • Selecting the right people to follow
    • Analytics
      • Using Pinterest Analytics to review and streamline your social media plan 

    Lana Pattinson

    Hi y’all! I’m a Marketing Consultant with expertise in Brand Planning and Social Media. For over 15 years I worked in the wine & spirits industry, marketing powerhouse brands globally such as The Macallan Scotch Whisky, Jacob’s Creek wines, and Kahlua Coffee Liqueur.

    I’ve lived all over: Ontario, Texas, Las Vegas, New York & Scotland. I have a BS in Business Administration from Trinity University in San Antonio, TX and an MBA from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.

    I write Young Adult Historical Fantasy, and am a Finalist in the 2015 Romance through the Ages Contest. I’m a member of RWA, YARWA, and CHRW.

    Currently, I live in Westchester County, New York with my husband, daughter, and furbaby. Connect with me via my website, LanaPattinson.com, where I blog about Books, Booze & Scotland. You can also find me on Pinterest or Twitter.

    Cheers! Lana


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  • Feb. 2016: Diving Deep into Developmental Edits

    Diving Deep into Developmental Edits

    Feb. 1 - March 25;   Fee: $120

    Your words shine and each line glisten. But you’re still getting rejections!

    Pansters and plotters, at some point you’re going to have to step back from the words, the lines, and even the paragraphs, and look at the big picture issues.

    Diving deep into developmental edits is an intense fourteen lecture course for those writers who have finished at least one draft of a novel.

    This course is all about seeing your work as an editor, and learning how to analyze what you have on the page, so you can make the big decisions that will take your novel from fine to powerful.

    This two-month course is packed full of tips, ideas, and learning opportunities not only aimed at helping writers make their current work in progress shine, but also teaching writers how to make future novels stronger.

    With a completed draft in hand, writers will work independently or with a partner to hone their big picture editing skills and learn techniques for:

    • Play by genre/category rules and target markets.
    • Look at typical novel structure and where and how your work falls into the norms, and what to do if you’re way off.

    How to tackle a first read:

    • Reconcile the  character on your page with the one in your mind.
    • Discover and develop story themes. 
    • Turn plodding plots into powerful plots. Pick pacing, logic and not missing those missed opportunities.
    • Identify killer beginnings and how to up yours to a beginning that deserves a life sentence.
    • Empower those murky middles.
    • Create kick-A.. endings.

    How to tackle  the second read:

    • Dive into deep point of view.
    • Find and keep voice and style.
    • Take dialog from stilted to rich.
    • Discover how to share a scene versus tell a scene.

    Third read focuses on:

    • Use setting to its best.
    • Use narrative summary and exposition effectively.
    • Polish stories until they shine.

    And so much more!

    Be sure to visit the class and read how to get started before class begins.

    With a plethora of examples, assignments, and Rhay’s--Let’s think about this--we’ll explore, discover, and unlock the mysteries of developmental edits.

    About Rhay Christou: Two of the things I love are teaching and creative writing. With my MFA in writing from Vermont College, I have had the great fortune to combine them. I’ve taught everything from creative writing to academic writing at the university level as well as writing workshops in the USA and on the lovely island of Cyprus, in Greece, where I live.

    I teach three other courses online for Lawson Writer's Academy:  Create Compelling Characters, From Blah to Beats: Giving Chapters a Heart and Diving into Deep Point of View.

     


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  • Feb., 2016: Triple Threat Behind Writing A Scene

    Instructor:  Tiffany Lawson Inman

    Dates:  February 1 - 29;  Fee:  $75

     

    ---------Lara Chapman, YA author of 2012 Rita nominated FLAWLESS

    As a published author, I thought I knew what I was doing, but trust me when I say you will never want to write again without Tiffany giving you her honest and career-changing advice. 

    As an actress, Tiffany "sees" scenes much more actively than most writers and turns so-so scenes into Oh-My-God! scenes.  Tiffany is not only an incredibly intelligent and sharp-witted lady, she also know good writing. 

    She will change your writing life!  Don't sleep on it another day… share your story with Tiffany and see what happens.

    ----------Megan Menard, Winner of the 2015 ACFW Frasier Award

    "I chose to take this class because after the critiques from my last assignments, I realized that I was just scratching the surface of what I could learn. I've attended conferences, classes, boot camps, and more, but in my humble opinion, Tiffany's mentorship is one of the best in the business."

     

    Topics covered in Triple Threat: 

          • Stripping your scenes down and building them back up with quality writing tools
          • Creating dramatic dialogue to affect pacing, characterization, relationships, and emotion.
          • Writing active setting to move scenes forward and pull your readers into your  living story world.
          • Building quality tension by weaving conflict and action through each breath of the scene.

    Course includes:

          • Lectures
          • Exercises
          • Assignments
          • Deconstructed examples from multiple genres
          • Hands-on interaction between you, your writing, and the instructor
          • Feedback and edits galore!

     *This class is not for beginners. Students will be working on scenes from their own partial or full manuscripts.

    Tiffany Lawson Inman claimed a higher education at Columbia College Chicago. There, she learned to use body and mind together for action scenes, character emotion, and dramatic story development. Tiffany's background in theatre provides her with a unique approach to the craft of writing, and her clients and students greatly benefit. 

    As a freelance editor, she provides deep story critique, content editing, and line editing. Stay tuned to Twitter @NakedEditor for Tiffany’s upcoming guest blogs, classes, contests, and lecture packets.

    She teaches Action and Fighting, Madness to Method: high intensity emotion, Triple Threat Scene Writing, Writing Humor For Every Genre, and Short Story Workshops for Lawson Writer’s Academy online. She presents hands-on-action workshops, and will be offering webinars this year.


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  • Feb., 2016: Virtues, Vices, and Plots!

    Instructor:  Sarah Hamer

    Feb. 1 - 29 ;  Fee:  $50

    Getting your story set up is hard, right? Nailing all those plot points and inciting incidents and black moments in the perfect place is like trying to scratch that hard-to-reach place on your back.

    I can teach you an easier way. I'll teach you how to use your main character's vices and virtues to craft a three-act, eight-sequence outline that gives you a starting block for your story. We'll cover:

    -- character archetypes
    -- character traits
    -- why and how we break our stories into eight equal parts
    -- how to create a character arc that is an integral part of your story

    Sarah (Sally) Hamer is eternally fascinated by people and how they 'tick' and works hard to incorporate individual idiosyncrasies to create living, breathing characters in her many works of fiction. She writes in many genres - mystery, science fiction, fantasy, romance, medieval history, non-fiction - and has won awards at both local and national levels, including two Golden Heart finals.

    A teacher of beginning and advanced creative fiction writing and screenwriting at Louisiana State University - S for over ten years, she also is a book coach, with many of her students and critique partners becoming successful, award-winning authors. 


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  • March, 2016: Taking a Book from Good to Sold

    Instructor: Shirley Jump

    New York Times Bestselling Author

    USA Today Bestselling Author

    March 7 - April 1;  Fee: $75

    TAKE YOUR BOOK FROM GOOD TO SOLD: Ten Lessons Learned:

    The biggest hurdle to selling is learning how to craft a book that is better than good. Good wins contests. Good gets requests for partials. Good sometimes gets a revision request.

    But learning how to take "good" and turn it into "sellable" is the key to success. New writers may not see those small elements that make a big difference in a book's salability.

    In this course, New York Times bestselling romantic comedy author Shirley Jump will share the ten lessons she learned that helped her take a book that had won the Tampa Area Romance Authors First Impressions contest and make it into one that was bought by Silhouette, plus how she turned formerly rejected books into single title sales.

    The workshop will include discussion of the revision process and the various elements authors need to look for before considering their book ready for an editor's eyes.

    Today's editors don't have time to sit down with a fledgling writer and teach how to take their novel to that next level. This workshop will fill in that final gap for the writer who is just ten lessons away from a sale.

    Shirley Jump 

    New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Shirley Jump has written more than 50 novels for Berkley, Harlequin, Entangled, and Kensington books. A frequent speaker both in the United States and abroad, Shirley's diverse career has spanned two decades. She has won numerous awards, and she's been nominated multiple times for the Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice award. The first book in her series with Berkley, The Sweetheart Bargain, recently received a Top Pic from Romantic Times. 

    Check out the BUZZ about Shirley Jump's novels:

    "Sweet is the word for this anthology from four top Kensington writers...Jump's office romance gives the collection a kick, with fiery writing." -- Publishers Weekly

    4 1/2 Stars, "With Jump's trademark comedic touch, readers are treated to a well-crafted story about what it means to come home to face yourself and your past. The main characters are sympathetic and intelligent, and the narrative is constantly smooth and compelling."-- Romantic Times Book Reviews 


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  • March, 2016: How to Write Dialogue with a Psychological Punch

    March 7 - April 1;  Fee:  $60

    Instructor:  Lisa WellsLisa Wells

    How to Write Dialogue with a Psychological Punch

    A proven way to improve any manuscript. 

    Learn how to craft dialogue that carries power!

    The class includes:

    Dialogue Challenge

    Check your manuscript to see if your dialogue has the11 essential ingredients of great dialogue.

    Dialogue Flaw Search

    Weed out the 13 most common dialogue flaws.

    Dialogue Manipulation

    – Execute 25 techniques to craft dialogue that will emotionally impact (manipulate) the reader.

    Still not sure if this class is for you?

    Here are 4 more reasons:

    1. If you want to learn how to turn predictable dialogue into fresh and exciting dialogue, this class is for you.

    2. If you want to learn how to create a distinct voice for each of your characters, this class is for you.

    3. If you want to learn how to slip in information to the reader without losing their interest, this class is for you.

    4. If you want to learn the art of subtext, this class is for you.

    In other words - this class is for you.

    Lisa Wellsis a 22-year veteran educator. For the past 16 years, she's enjoyed a rollercoaster journey called: The School Counselor – Dramas, Dreams, and Destinies. Add the theme song to Jaws, and you have the feel for this fun ride.

    Author of DIBS, a sexy romance, nominated as Debut Book That Rocks and Best Book of The Year, Lisa believes writers should never quit studying their craft. Her Dialogue class was born out of a treasure trove of information she discovered while studying dialogue from a screenwriter's perspective.

    Represented by Literary Agent, Tish Beaty, Lisa has just signed a contract with Entangled Publishing to be one of their authors for their new What Happens in Vegas series.

    Self-appointed number one fan of Margie Lawson, Lisa has been teaching classes at the Lawson Writer's Academy for several years. When asked what is the best thing she ever did to improve the craft of her own writing, she replied, "Attend Margie's immersion class on the mountain."  

    Twitter @lisawells1

    www.lisawellsauthor.com


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  • March, 2016: Action and Fighting in Fiction: Writing Authentic Choreography With Precision and Bite

    Instructor: Tiffany Lawson Inman

    March 7 - April 1;  Fee:  $80

    ------------Susannah Scott, Best Selling Author @ Entangled Publishing

    WOW. My cardboard 2-D action scene got a 3-D overall.

    Little did I know my heroine had brought a broadsword to a knife fight. One of my bad guys even held a rope over his head for the whole scene. But, I swear, I saw it perfectly in my mind... Tiffany helped me get it on the page with POWER.

    I highly recommend her classes to anyone looking to take their writing to the next level. I can't think of anyone else who is addressing choreography and character motivation in such an intuitive way. Five stars.

    ------------Michael Goffinet, Author of They Call Me Superman

    "Tiffany’s classes have been instrumental to my growth as an author. I have learned more about scene structure and how to hook readers in one of her classes than in all of my creative writing classes in college. She provided the method and hundreds of examples, but most importantly she provided critical edits and feedback on my own work-in-progress. I cannot emphasize enough how much this helped me.

    My current WIP has several fight scenes and Tiffany has taught me the proper sequence of emotions, actions, and internal dialog. I would highly recommend Tiffany to any writer trying to improve their craft."   


    Class material includes:

          • different styles of fight scenes and when to use them
          • manipulate the setting to aid scene action
          • nailing cause and effect
          • effectively use props and weapons
          • deepen characterization using choreography
          • move story forward using little details
          • how to use dialogue effectively within your action
          • Pacing. Pacing. Pacing.
          • putting yourself into your character’s shoes
          • when to leave internal dialogue on the bench
          • making sense of one-on-one vs group action

    Class includes

          • Full Lectures
          • Exercises, on and off the page
          • Assignments, fresh writing as well as scenes pulled from your WIP (approximately 20-30 pages instructor will deep edit)
          • Deconstructed examples from multiple genres
          • Hands-on interaction between you, your writing, and the instructor
          • Feedback and edits galore!

     *This class is not for beginners. Students will be working on action and fight scenes from their own partial or full manuscripts.

    Tiffany Lawson Inman is a certified Stage Combatant. She claimed a higher education at Columbia College Chicago. There, she learned to use body and mind together for action scenes, character emotion, and dramatic story development. Tiffany's background in theatre provides her with a unique approach to the craft of writing, and her clients and students greatly benefit. 

    As a freelance editor, she provides deep story critique, content editing, and line editing. Stay tuned to Twitter @NakedEditor for Tiffany’s upcoming guest blogs, classes, contests, and lecture packets.

    She teaches Action and Fighting, Madness to Method: high intensity emotion, Triple Threat Scene Writing, Writing Humor For Every Genre, and Short Story Workshops for Lawson Writer’s Academy online. She presents hands-on-action workshops, and will be offering webinars this year.

     


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  • March, 2016: Indie Insider: Smart Indie Publishing

    Instructor:  R. L. Syme

    March 7 - April 1;  Fee:  $60

    Ever wished you could sit around with a bunch of successful indie authors, get the inside scoop, and ask your questions? You want to figure out where to go next, how to get yourself started, or maybe what it takes to jump to the "next level."

    Hearing author's experiences in context is important, but being able to formulate strategy based on those experiences is more important.

    Indie Insider will be full of stories from best-selling authors in multiple genres, talking about their ups and their not-so-ups. Then, we will dissect those stories and create strategies that can work for you.

    Indie Insider will cover all the major journey-to-indie basics: books, platforms, business models, marketing, sourcing, tracking, decisions, resources, goals... There will even be a session where you can ask any no-holds-barred questions, talk about what you've heard, and decipher what's myth and what's really possible.

    Each lesson will be loaded with inside information, including an interview with a best-selling indie or hybrid author (from the NYT to the USA to the international markets and digital platforms). Whether they went indie first, or published traditionally... whether they are hybrid or self-published... whether they distribute their own books or use aggregators... This business is big enough that everyone can chop a different path out of the same jungle.

    Author Interviews with:

         -- Lauren Royal

         -- Melinda Curtis

         -- Eliza Knight

         -- Kimberly Kincaid

         -- Cassandra Carr

         -- Ashley York

         -- Krystal Shannan

         -- Ciara Knight

         -- Keira Montclair

         -- Jennifer Delamere

         -- Amy Jarecki

    The goal of the class is to collate the information that's out there, add your unique personality and stage-in-life/career, and synthesize a strategy that makes the most sense for you and your journey. In short, to practice Smart Indie Publishing.

    Join best-selling indie author and certified development coach R.L. Syme for a four-week look at the smartest way for you to be your own publishing boss.


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  • March, 2016: Love Your Voice

    Instructor: Julie Rowe

    March 7 - April 1;  Fee: $60

    Every writer wants a fabulous voice. This workshop helps identify what makes your voice special, and shows how to capitalize on your natural strengths, with a look at the seven key elements of every author's unique voice. Participants will see specific examples of how each one works, followed by writing exercises that provide them with the tools to refine, polish, and -- depending on the kind of writing they want to pursue -- possibly even change their Voice.

    The elements include:

     

    • Emotion: How much? What kind? How do you show it?
    • Core Story/Theme: The core idea that inspired your novel
    • Setting & Description: Environment is a critical element of Voice
    • Pacing: An art of its own
    • Conflict: What characters want and why they can't have it
    • Characterization: Who you write about and how you develop them
    • Mechanics: The rules of writing and when to break them

     

    Julie Rowe writes contemporary and historical medical romance, and fun romantic suspense for Carina Press and Entangled Publishing.

    In late 2011 Julie began creating tweets for Carina Press's new releases as a way to show her support to her fellow authors. She continues to post two unique tweets for each book on release day.  

    Julie's writing has also appeared in several magazines such as Romantic Times magazine, Today's Parent, and Canadian Living. You can reach her at www.julieroweauthor.com , on Twitter @julieroweauthor or at her Facebook page: www.facebook.com/JulieRoweAuthor


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  • March, 2016: Deep Editing, Rhetorical Devices, and More

    Instructor:  Margie Lawson

    March 7 - April 1;   Fee:  $75

    DEEP EDITING is for the writer who wants to hook the subconscious of the reader. For the writer who wants to learn fresh editing techniques. For the writer who wants to edit for psychological power.

    This is a dig-deep-and-make-your-manuscript-stronger course. Class members will:

    1. Learn how to use rhetorical devices to boost cadence, compress time, expand time, add interest, add emotion, and add power.

    2. Learn which bestselling authors use which rhetorical devices to empower openings and turning points. 

    3. Learn 25 rhetorical devices and practice using them. From anaphora to zeugma – learn how and when to use these techniques. 

    4. Develop skills by using worksheets provided in each lecture. The worksheets also serve as a handy reference for learning the rhetorical devices.

    5. Learn Deep Editing tips including Margie's Four Levels of Powering Up Emotion, backstory management, power lines, SAPS, throw-away words, cliché twists, back loading, and emotional hits.

    6. Learn how to make a FINAL EDITING PASS and make it your last pass.

    Margie Lawson—editor and international presenter—developed psychologically-based deep editing systems and 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 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.

    In the last ten years Margie has presented over one hundred full day Master Classes for writers. She has taught her psychologically-anchored deep editing across the U.S., Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. And on cruise ships too.

    Writers credit her innovative editing approaches with taking their writing to publication, awards, and bestseller lists.

    To learn about Margie’s 4-day Immersion Master Classes (in Denver, Phoenix, Dallas, Atlanta, Washington D.C., San Jose, Whidbey Island, San Diego, and Australia), her full day and weekend workshops, keynote speeches, online courses through Lawson Writer’s Academy, lecture packets, and newsletter, please visit:  www.margielawson.com

    What’s the Buzz?

    Randy Ingermanson,Ph. D., award-winning author of Writing Fiction for Dummies:

    In the twenty years I've been writing fiction, two teachers have astounded me with their insights and taught me something radically new: Dwight Swain and Margie Lawson. Margie taught me new ways to empower my writing.

    Melanie Milburne, USA Today Bestseller

    I had 40 books published before I met Margie Lawson. It wasn’t until I started using her deep editing techniques that I won several writing awards. I have a library of how-to books, but none trump Margie’s expertise.


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  • April, 2016 Author Branding

    Instructor: Lana Pattinson

    Fee: $50

    April 4-30

    Have you ever thought…gosh, that author looks so put together. Everything matches on her website and social media, and she stands out from the crowd. Branding for Authors is a mixture of career planning and marketing. Of defining yourself, and what you offer to your readers. Each week will have a lecture and assignment(s) to complete, with feedback from the instructor and the rest of the class. You’ll finish this class with a clear understanding of your brand, what you stand for, and how you can leverage your messaging to reach your target audience.

     

    WHAT THIS COURSE WILL COVER:

        • What is a brand and why is it important?
        • Defining yourself through branding
        • The 3 phases of brand building
        • Developing your visual brand guidelines
        • Visual tools for branding consistently across multiple social media channels

    *Please note: this course walks you through strategic thinking and offers exercises to define your brand. It does not include tactical specifics (e.g. which social media channels to use or how to refresh your author website).

     

    LANA PATTINSON

    Hi y’all! I’m a Marketing Consultant with expertise in Brand Planning and Social Media. For over 15 years I’ve worked in the wine & spirits industry, marketing powerhouse brands globally such as The Macallan Scotch Whisky, Jacob’s Creek wines, and Kahlua Coffee Liqueur. I’ve lived all over: Ontario, Texas, Las Vegas, New York & Scotland. I have a BS in Business Administration from Trinity University in San Antonio, TX and an MBA from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. I write YA Historical Fantasy. I’m a member of RWA, YARWA, and CHRW. Currently, I live in Westchester County, New York with my husband, daughter, and furbaby. Connect with me via my website, LanaPattinson.com, where I blog about Books, Booze & Scotland. You can also find me on Pinterest or Twitter. Cheers! Lana


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  • April, 2016: It's All About Character: Using Character Themed Words

    Instructor: Elizabeth Essex

    Dates: April 1 - 30;  Fee: $70

    This course will teach writers how to find and use character-themed words specific to their heroes, heroines, and even villains. Every word in your novel should serve two purposes: to move the plot forward and give greater insight into the characters.

    Using character-themed words will grab your reader’s attention and hold it throughout the novel. Readers remember real characters. Characters that are so fully-developed, they walk off the page and into our hearts.

    Editors, agents and great teachers like Margie Lawson talk about fresh writing, but that term is sometimes difficult to understand. To me, fresh writing means showing the reader the world of the novel through the fresh and unique eyes of each character.

    I will teach you how to get inside the minds of your characters by using “power words,” “scene-themed words,” but more especially “character-driven words.”

     -  Power words give strong images & associations, and drive up tension.

    -  Scene-themed words give vital information about where and when we are in the story.

    -  Character-driven words give insight into the mind & thoughts of our characters.

    Each teaching point will be illustrated by stellar writing from a variety of best-selling authors in multiple genres. Delve deep into the fresh waters of Character Driven Writing.

    Elizabeth Essex is the award-winning author of the critically acclaimed Reckless Brides series of  historical romances for St. Martin’s Press. When not rereading Jane Austen, mucking about in her garden, or simply messing about with boats, Elizabeth writes, and has done so for over twenty years. She graduated from Hollins College with a BA in Classics and Art History, and then earned her MA in Nautical Archaeology from Texas A&M University. While she loved the life of an underwater archaeologist, she has found her true calling writing historical romance full of passion, daring and adventure.

    Elizabeth is a multi-Margie grad, having taken all of Margie’s core classes, either on-line or in workshop, and has survived two Immersion Master Classes. As a result of this painful dedication to craft, her books have been nominated for numerous awards, including the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence, the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award, and RWA’s prestigious RITA Award, and have made Top-Ten lists from Romantic Times, The Romance Reviews and Affaire de Coeur Magazine, and Desert Isle Keeper status at All About Romance. Her fifth book, A BREATH OF SCANDAL, was awarded Best Historical in the Reader’s Crown 2013.

    She has taught her “It’s All About Character” Class to numerous writing groups, including the Yellow Rose Romance Writers, Dallas Area Romance Writers, and Writer’s Guild of North Texas.


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  • April, 2016: Madness to Method: Using acting techniques to invigorate your story and make each moment Oscar worthy!

    MADNESS to Method: Using acting techniques to invigorate your story and make each moment Oscar worthy!

    Instructor: Tiffany Lawson Inman

    April 4 -  29;  Fee: $75

    From Madness to Method uses the father of all acting techniques, The Method.

    Writers will learn how to create the most real of real moments.  Course exercises push writers to enhance their emotional repertoire through fresh writing as well as within their current manuscripts. 

    This class includes full lectures, out-of-your-chair exercises, fresh writing assignments, and multiple scene submissions for edits (approximately 20 pages of your WIP, deep-edited) There will be hands-on interaction between you, your writing, and the instructor.

    If we held an Academy Awards for fiction, would your characters be highly acclaimed nominees? Polish those shoes and spray on a tan.  After this workshop every moment in every scene will be worthy of actors like Meryl Streep and your characters will be hitting the red carpet!

    • Access your sense memories to fuel character emotion on the page
    • Turn reality into fiction by awakening your innermost observational skills
    • Thrust your story forward by using every facet of character
    • Increase your character’s emotional authenticity
    • Create memorable moments readers will remember for years
    • Write with your scars

    This class will crack open your psyche to reveal dynamic character, motivation, and reaction. Showing you how to activate emotion you never knew you had.Are you ready?

    Tiffany Lawson Inman claimed a higher education at Columbia College Chicago. There, she learned to use body and mind together for action scenes, character emotion, active setting, dynamic fight scenes, and dramatic story development.

    She teaches Emotion, Action, Choreography, Physicality, and Dialogue for Lawson Writer's Academy. As a freelance fiction editor, she provides deep story critique and dramatic line/content editing services. Stay tuned to @NakedEditor for updates on new courses and upcoming lecture packets, and more. 


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  • April, 2016: Diving Deep into Deep Point of View

    Instructor: Rhay Christou

    April 4 - 29; Fee: $75

    Diving Deep into Deep Point of View

    With information coming at us from all sides, at all times of the day, the world has become a here and now kind of place. No wonder authors, agents, editors and readers want to feel that same kind of immediacy with stories. They scream for deep point of view. And I mean deep!!

     

    In this course we will:

    ·         Understand point of view and the best point of view for your story.

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     Recognize and fix point of view issues such as; slips and author intrusion.

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      Learn how word choices impact deep point of view.

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     Use descriptions that keep it deep.

           Use authentic settings that resonate with characters and readers.

       

    Use dialog that rings true for characters.

     

    Learn where to dive in the deepest and where and when to stay in the shallows.

       

    Learn how to crack deep point of view in third and first person.

       

    Learn quick fixes for deep point of view that can transform your manuscript.

     

    And so much more!

     

    With a plethora of examples, assignments, and Rhay’s--Let’s think about this--we’ll explore, discover, and unlock the mysteries of deep point of view.

     

    About Rhay ChristouTwo of the things I love are teaching and creative writing. With my MFA in writing from Vermont College, I have had the great fortune to combine them. I’ve taught everything from creative writing to academic writing at the university level as well as writing workshops in the USA and on the lovely island of Cyprus, in Greece, where I live.


    I teach two other courses online for Lawson Writer's Academy:  Create Compelling Characters and From Blah to Beats: Giving Chapters a Heart.


    I am represented by Pam van Hylckam Vlieg at Forward Literary, and my first novel, I Do Not
    will be released in May of 2016 by Spencer Hill.


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  • April, 2016: Story Structure Safari

    Lisa Miller, Head shotInstructor:  Lisa Miller

    April 1 - 30;  Fee: $90

    Beautiful words and exciting scenes aren't enough to propel the reader through a novel. Stories need structure, a plan, a focus from beginning to end.

    Story Structure Safari will guide you through the dense jungle of information about story. Our trek will include excursions into the lands of Story Structure and Transformational Character Arcs and Plot.

    We'll step back and explore the sweeping overview of several popular novels and movies to explain and reinforce the concepts. We'll also take some intimate hikes to zoom in on the work and knowledge of plot and story structure superstars.

    Throughout the class, I'll share information from award-winning authors and writing experts including James Scott Bell, Nancy Pickard, and Larry Brooks. They will discuss how they structure their stories for success. Editor Deborah Halverson, and plot consultant Martha Alderson, The Plot Whisperer, will talk about story structure strategies. Strategies that will strengthen your chance to sell.

    Using a variety of techniques, you'll have opportunities to infuse these ideas into your story, creating a tantalizing experience for the reader.

    Reactions of past students:

    "I only wish I did this course 10 years ago. Heck, even 1 year ago would have made a difference."

    "This has been one of the best classes I've ever taken -- Ever! I am so pleased that I am pretty much ready to finalize my outline and start writing. I struggled with Story concepts but now feel I have a much firmer grasp than I ever have. I've taken Robert McKee's Story workshop and others, but found them very theoretical - which is great, but it wasn't until I was able to practically apply these concepts through the exercises Lisa so carefully prepared that I understood what I needed to in order to plot/write my book."

    "I LOVED the methodology you taught and from the moment that we had divided our novel into quadrants I was hooked. Before Safari, I had been stuck for a couple of months with my story idea but hadn't done anything with it besides research (even though I'd really tried) and in your class I realized it was because it was such a big story (first time I'd truly tackled a full-length novel) that the idea of writing it by the seat of my pants was very overwhelming. It was like dropping someone into a country they're unfamiliar with and then saying, "see you in X town" and then leaving them there. Safari gave me a map and a compass and a GPS device."

    "Your feedback on things was priceless. The information and the timeliness of your responses were fantastic."

    "This class was great in helping me see just where my story wasn't working."

    "Impressed with the calibre of this course, how the material was handled and how it was presented. I could tell that our instructor cared about the craft of writing and hoped to pass on her knowledge - I'm a bit of a course junkie and had been looking for this type of course: nuts and bolts of the how to's, nothing skimmed over."

    Lisa, this class went beyond my expectations. I started it feeling that I really didn't need the class. My story was fine. I felt that I was taking too many classes and not focusing on my writing. I was very wrong. I needed this class TO focus on my writing. This helped me pull together so many weak parts of my story. I could never do outlines for stories. Never really liked them, but this felt so loose and free like writing should be. I am amazed at the time you dedicated to this class and for so little money. I was bragging about this class to anyone who would listen. Most of all, you showed me I can make time to write. It's all about focus and dedication and pushing yourself to be better. Lisa, you are just a marvel. I am humbled by your wisdom, appreciative of your time and encouraged by what you have taught. This was a well spent month. I will miss spending so much time with you. Thank you!

    "Lisa, thank you so much for a class that has gone way beyond anything I expected. This class has been so important for me that almost daily I have shaken my head in wonder and pleasure at the ah-has and the knowledge that I've been getting from it. It has been one of the most exciting classes I've ever done! I have learned that my rather different story of a woman's life does fit a framework and I now have a clear view of where I need to emphasise the developments within the framework so that the reader can understand where they are and the significance of those developments. This includes inserting the right text, mood, hints etc into dialogue, action, description, narrative, the lot. It would have been great to have taken this class a couple of years ago, but then I wouldn't have had the grip on my story that I have now, and this has contributed to my excellent progress in this class.

    Lisa Miller is a 26-year veteran teacher, as well as a certified counselor. She branched out to pursue her long time passion for writing fiction six years ago. A graduate of all things Margie Lawson, Lisa created and coordinates the DSDB Alumni Yahoo Loop. Not always finding the writing classes she needs, Lisa scours the internet and how-to books for self-instruction. She  funneled that knowledge into an online course and merged it with her teaching skills in a desire to share what she has discovered with other writers who want to strengthen their stories.


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  • April, 2016: Queries That Sell, and More!

    Instructor: Laura Drake, RITA Winner!Laura Drake, Head shot

    Dates:  ;  Fee: $50

    Queries That Sell, and More!

    Put Your Query in a Power Suit!

    Your writing is amazing. You've edited your manuscript until the reflection alone will blind.

    Congratulations!

    But without an equally shiny submission package, those agents/editors will never know about you, and that you could have been their next great author.

    This course will teach you everything you need to know to make a knowledgeable, professional submission that will impress.

    We will cover:

    Finding and researching Editors/Agents.

    Writing queries and critiquing them in class – you'll leave with a query as shiny as your manuscript!

    Reviewing your query, including formatting and what to include. This course does not cover your synopsis.

    Tracking your submissions and staying organized.

    Agent/Editor etiquette.

    Afraid? Apprehensive? Anxious? 

    I have tips to help you to blast through!

    As a Master Margie Grad, I'll be checking your submission for backloading, cadence, and power words too.

    Laura Drake decided to write a novel. Three years later she completed it, and decided what she really wanted was to hold a book in her hand with her name on the cover. Three novels, 417 queries, and twelve years later, Laura achieved her dream. She sold her Sweet on a Cowboy series, romances set in the world of professional bull riding, to Grand Central. The Sweet Spot (May 2013), Nothing Sweeter(Jan 2014 and Sweet on You(Aug 2014). The Sweet Spot, won the RITA for Best First Book in 2014.

    Her 'biker-chick' novel, Her Road Home, sold to Harlequin's Superromance line (Aug 2013) and has expanded to three more stories set in the same small town. The Reasons to Stay (Aug 2014), Twice in a Blue Moon (July 2015).

    Laura has long wanted to make a foray into another genre she loves, and her agent is currently shopping a Women's Fiction novel, also set in the world of professional bull riding.

    In 2014, Laura realized a lifelong dream of becoming a Texan, and is currently working on her accent. She gave up the corporate CFO gig to write full time. She's a wife, grandmother and motorcycle chick in the remaining waking hours.

    Visit Laura's web site

    Visit the Writers in the Storm Blog

    Twitter: PBRWriter


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  • April, 2016: Five-Week First Draft

    Instructor:  Koreen Myers
    April 1 - May 6 (five weeks)    

    Fee: $75


     "There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside of you." ~ Maya Angelou

    According to the New York times, over 80% of people want to write a book. Sadly, only a fraction of those surveyed will every get the words down on paper. Will you let another day, another month, another year go by without writing your story?

    Stop the excuses. This is your month.

    In this course we will create a community of writers who, like you, want to write a novel. The fast-paced class is perfect for first-time writers as well as those who need a little extra motivation to develop a first draft.

     

    Course Outline:

    • Week 1—Focus will be on channeling internal motivation, setting realistic goals, and story mapping (basic character maps and plot point outline).
    • Week 2--Writing time (develop the opening through the first plot point). Focus will be on opening chapters, creating conflict and the inciting incident.
    • Week 3--Writing time (develop from first plot point to the mid-plot point). Focus will be on attacking writer's block, creating effective turning points and avoiding saggy middles.
    • Week 4--Writing time (develop from mid point to the climax). Focus will be on balancing elements, pacing and enhancing themes.
    • Week 5--Writing time (develop from the climax to the grande finale). Focus will be on creating a satisfying climax and a strong ending. We'll celebrate our successes and plan for next month's goals. 

    Throughout the entire month, you will receive inspirational messages, online community support and forums where you can find tips and ideas.

    This class will be fast, but manageable. We will work on the main storyline, leaving out subplots and lavish details. This goal is to get the basic story on paper.

    "If there's a book that you want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it." ~Toni Morrison

     

    Koreen Myers is an award-winning writer who has the ability to bring together the nerd-power of a techie and the emotional empathy of a writer. She has a BA in English/art through Adams State College—Go Grizzlies—and a MA in education through CSU Sacramento. She worked her way through college by taking pictures and writing articles for newspapers and magazines. Since her college days, she's taught courses in English, writing and technology for students ranging in age from 6th grade to adult. She uses her visual media background, teaching experience, and technology skills to help Margie grads become super-empowered writers.


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  • January classrooms will stay open through Feb. 15th

    January classrooms will stay open through Feb. 15th.


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  • January, 2016: Getting Serious About Writing a Series

    Lisa Wells, head shotLearn the musts of writing a series!

    Instructor: Lisa Wells

    January 4 - 29;   Fee:  $45

    Getting Serious About Writing a Series

    In this course, you will design your series bible, create the eleven items it must include (listed below), and learn series-writing tips from award-winning authors, including

    Bella Andre

    Romily Bernard

    Laura Bradford

    Allison Brennan

    Diana Cosby

    Vicky Dreiling

    Angie Fox

    Adrienne Giordano

    Diana Groe

    Charlotte Hubbard

    Darynda Jones

    Kieran Kramer

    C.J. Lyons

    Shirley Jump

    Brenda Novak

    Pamela Palmer

    Robin Perini

    Bonnie Ramthun

    Renee Ryan

    Jeanne Stein

    Joan Swan

    1. Story structure. Learn how to shape your story and series for the best fit.

    2. Specification of your story's use of time. Do your books have a clock that ticks backward as well as forward?

    3. Series connection plan. Don't leave the way your books are going to connect to chance. Study and seize a style that will keep readers coming back for more.

    4. Rules. Boundaries. Limitations. Whatever you call them, you must set them before you write your series. If you don't, you risk your books becoming a joke.

    5. A personalized contract. You will need one to keep you on track for deadlines.

    6. Record of how your series will end. Stimulating ideas for the end of your series is important. Even if you're a pantser, you need to know how your series could finish with a boom.

    7. Opening scene - script it until it's perfect.

    8. Plot possibilities. There is a smorgasbord of ways you can develop plot ideas. Your bible should include pages for you to track your ideas for the books as well as the series.

    9. Develop you elevator pitch for your first book.

    10. Develop your elevator pitch for your series.

    11. Develop your series paragraph for your query letter.

    12. Synopsis. If an agent requests a synopsis, and it's almost guaranteed they will, learn how to create one without going insane.

    Lisa Wells is a 22-year veteran educator. For the past 16 years, she's enjoyed a rollercoaster journey called: The School Counselor – Dramas, Dreams, and Destinies. Add the theme song to Jaws, and you have the feel for this fun ride.

    Author of DIBS, a sexy romance, nominated as Debut Book That Rocks and Best Book of The Year, Lisa believes writers should never quit studying their craft.  When she decided to write a series and couldn't find affordable material that taught the nuances of writing series vs. stand alone books, she designed her own how-to-class. Self-appointed number one fan of Margie Lawson, she loves being on the faculty for Lawson Writer's Academy.

    Twitter @lisawells1

    www.lisawellsauthor.com 

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    Our Paypal button is working for most people, but not for some. Aack! 
    Try the button, it may work for you.
    If not, here's Registration Plan B.
    1.  Go to the Paypal page  --   https://www.paypal.com/home
    2.  Send the registration fee to my email --  margie@margielawson.com
    2.  Email my awesome assistant, Jennifer Windrow, and let her know which course you'd like to take.  jennifer.windrow@gmail.com

    Jennifer will enroll you in the course. Then she'll send you a welcome-to-class email.

    I'm traveling today. If you have any questions, please email Jennifer. 
    Thank you. We appreciate your patience.
    Remember:  Try the Paypal button first!
    All the best..............Margie

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  • January, 2016: Empowering Characters' Emotions

    Instructor:  Margie Lawson

    January 4 - February 1;   Fee: $75

    Jump-start Option: You may dive in the Welcome and Lecture 1, and post introductions starting January 1st!

    Empowering Characters' Emotions

    -- The First Course in Margie's Big Three Writing Craft Courses

    Want to add a psychological punch to your writing and editing?

    Want to turn your WIP into a page-turner by powering up emotion?

    The 350+ pages of lectures will cover the following topics - and more. Don't let all those pages scare you. Each lecture is loaded with examples and teaching points.  Yummy reading.

    • Backstory Management

    • The EDITS System

    • Emotional Authenticity

    • Emotional Hits 

    • Deep Editing Techniques

    • Four Levels of Powering Up Emotion

    • Cliché-busting and Writing Fresh

    • Rhythm and Cadence and Beats

    • Overview:  Ten Rhetorical Devices for Fiction Writers

    • Overview:  Body Language and Dialogue Cues

    Students may be active in class and post assignments. I'll deep edit assignments, and make them available for others to read and learn.

    Students may also lurk and learn. No worries.

    Concerned you're too busy to keep up? All LWA classrooms are open 24/7.  January classes will be open through February 15. You can click in and download, read, learn.

    Margie Lawson—editor and international presenter—developed psychologically-based deep editing systems and 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 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.

    In the last ten years Margie has presented over one hundred full day Master Classes for writers. She has taught her psychologically-anchored deep editing across the U.S., Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. And on cruise ships too.

    Writers credit her innovative editing approaches with taking their writing to publication, awards, and bestseller lists.

    To learn about Margie’s 4-day Immersion Master Classes (in Denver, Phoenix, Dallas, Atlanta, Washington D.C., San Jose, Whidbey Island, San Diego, and Australia), her full day and weekend workshops, keynote speeches, online courses through Lawson Writer’s Academy, lecture packets, and newsletter, please visit:  www.margielawson.com

    What’s the Buzz?

    Randy Ingermanson, Ph. D., award-winning author of Writing Fiction for Dummies:

    In the twenty years I've been writing fiction, two teachers have astounded me with their insights and taught me something radically new: Dwight Swain and Margie Lawson. Margie taught me new ways to empower my writing.

    Melanie Milburne, USA Today Bestseller

    I had 40 books published before I met Margie Lawson. It wasn’t until I started using her deep editing techniques that I won several writing awards. I have a library of how-to books, but none trump Margie’s expertise.

     


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  • January, 2016: Madness to Method: Using acting techniques to make each moment Oscar worthy!

    MADNESS to Method: Using acting techniques to invigorate your story and make each moment Oscar worthy!

    Instructor: Tiffany Lawson Inman

    January 4th - February 1st;   Fee: $75

    From Madness to Method uses the father of all acting techniques, The Method.

    Writers will learn how to create the most real of real moments.  Course exercises push writers to enhance their emotional repertoire through fresh writing as well as within their current manuscripts. 

    This class includes full lectures, out-of-your-chair exercises, fresh writing assignments, and multiple scene submissions for edits (approximately 20 pages of your WIP, deep-edited) There will be hands-on interaction between you, your writing, and the instructor.

    If we held an Academy Awards for fiction, would your characters be highly acclaimed nominees? Polish those shoes and spray on a tan.  After this workshop every moment in every scene will be worthy of actors like Meryl Streep and your characters will be hitting the red carpet!

    • Access your sense memories to fuel character emotion on the page
    • Turn reality into fiction by awakening your innermost observational skills
    • Thrust your story forward by using every facet of character
    • Increase your character’s emotional authenticity
    • Create memorable moments readers will remember for years
    • Write with your scars

    This class will crack open your psyche to reveal dynamic character, motivation, and reaction. Showing you how to activate emotion you never knew you had.Are you ready?

    Tiffany Lawson Inman claimed a higher education at Columbia College Chicago. There, she learned to use body and mind together for action scenes, character emotion, active setting, dynamic fight scenes, and dramatic story development.

    She teaches Emotion, Action, Choreography, Physicality, and Dialogue for Lawson Writer's Academy. As a freelance fiction editor, she provides deep story critique and dramatic line/content editing services. Stay tuned to @NakedEditor for updates on new courses and upcoming lecture packets, and more.

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    Hello!

    Our Paypal button is working for most people, but not for some. Aack! 

    Try the button, it may work for you.

    If not, here's Registration Plan B.

    1.  Go to the Paypal page  --   https://www.paypal.com/home
    2.  Send the registration fee to my email --  margie@margielawson.com
    2.  Email my awesome assistant, Jennifer Windrow, and let her know which course you'd like to take.  jennifer.windrow@gmail.com

    Jennifer will enroll you in the course. Then she'll send you a welcome-to-class email.

    I'm traveling today. If you have any questions, please email Jennifer. 

    Thank you. We appreciate your patience.
    Remember:  Try the Paypal button first!
    All the best..............Margie


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  • January, 2016: Power Up Your Setting

    Instructor:  Rhay Christou, MFA

    January 4 - 31;  Fee:  $60

    Strong setting is one of the most underutilized tools in the writer’s toolbox. It's more than just the varied landscape of where a story takes place. Strong setting does double and even triple duty to bring the world, the characters, and even the story to life.

    In Power Up Your Setting, we’ll look deeper than just a list of adjectives and descriptors to describe place. We'll dive into the three layers of setting developmental to take our setting from a place on the page to an active part of the story.

    In this course we’ll:

      • Explore the layers and sub layers of setting
      • Discover where, how, and when to use active setting to set the stage and anchor readers
      • Explore weaving setting through a scene
      • Make your setting mean more by developing emotional connections
      • Chose and use specific details to give meaning to story and develop character
      • Carry through details to empower setting
      • Develop story mood and promise
      • Use setting details to deepen character and emotional state of mind
      • Weave together tension and setting for an unbeatable combination
      • Explore the fine art of subtext and how setting can strengthen subtext
      • Use setting to advance plot

    Power Up Your Setting is packed with lectures, assignments, and opportunities to discuss, share, and explore. This hands-on course will help you take your story's setting from mundane place-inclusion to an integral part that can't be skipped.

    About Rhay Christou:  Two of the things I love are teaching and creative writing. With my MFA in writing from Vermont College, I have had the great fortune to combine them. I've taught everything from creative writing to academic writing at the university level as well as writing workshops in the USA and on the lovely island of Cyprus, in Greece, where I live.

    I teach three other courses online for Lawson Writer's Academy:

    1. Create Compelling Characters

    2. From Blah to Beats: Giving Your Chapter a Heart

    3. Diving Deep Into Deep POV

    I am represented by Pam van Hylckam Vlieg at Forward Literary, and my first novel, I Do Not will be released in 2016 by Spencer Hill.

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    Our Paypal button is working for most people, but not for some. Aack! 
    Try the button, it may work for you.
    If not, here's Registration Plan B.
    1.  Go to the Paypal page  --   https://www.paypal.com/home
    2.  Send the registration fee to my email --  margie@margielawson.com
    2.  Email my awesome assistant, Jennifer Windrow, and let her know which course you'd like to take.  jennifer.windrow@gmail.com

    Jennifer will enroll you in the course. Then she'll send you a welcome-to-class email.

    I'm traveling today. If you have any questions, please email Jennifer. 
    Thank you. We appreciate your patience.
    Remember:  Try the Paypal button first!
    All the best..............Margie


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  • January 2016: Battling the Basics: A Primer of the Essentials of Writing

    Instructor: Sarah Hamer

    January 4 - 29;  Fee: $50

    A mechanic doesn't pop the hood for the first time and immediately know what's wrong with the car.  A pilot doesn't slide into the cockpit without logging the required hours of training. A master author doesn't magically hit the bestseller lists.

    A master author knows the basics. And there are a lot of basics to master.

    Writing is work. You’ve heard the saying, “You have to learn the rules to break them.” Cliché or not, good writers understand the basics. They know how to write tight. They know how to write strong. They know how to write compelling, powerful stories.

    In this class, dig deep into realistic and driven dialogue.  Discover the impact of a clearly written setting. Explore character, conflict, and story arc. Learn how to use plot, placing, and tension to propel your story forward.

    Writing is work. But writing can also be fun. Join me in Battling the Basics and take the first step toward seeing your name on the bestseller list.

    Bio: Sarah (Sally) Hamer is eternally fascinated by people and how they 'tick' and works hard to incorporate individual idiosyncrasies to create living, breathing characters in her many works of fiction. She writes in many genres - mystery, science fiction, fantasy, romance, medieval history, non-fiction - and has won awards at both local and national levels, including two Golden Heart finals.

    A teacher of beginning and advanced creative fiction writing and screenwriting at Louisiana State University - S for over ten years, she also is a book coach, with many of her students and critique partners becoming successful, award-winning authors.

     

    Dec. 30th

    Hello!

    Our Paypal button is working for most people, but not for some. Aack! 

    Try the button, it may work for you.

    If not, here's Registration Plan B.

    1.  Go to the Paypal page  --   https://www.paypal.com/home
    2.  Send the registration fee to my email --  margie@margielawson.com
    2.  Email my awesome assistant, Jennifer Windrow, and let her know which course you'd like to take.  jennifer.windrow@gmail.com

    Jennifer will enroll you in the course. Then she'll send you a welcome-to-class email.

    I'm traveling today. If you have any questions, please email Jennifer. 
    Thank you. We appreciate your patience.
    Remember:  Try the Paypal button first!
    All the best..............Margie

     

     


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  • Immersion Central

    Immersion Central

    A powerful gathering place for Immersion Master Class Grads!

    Click in and check it out!

    If you're an Immersion grad, email Margie and she'll add you to the list.


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  • Sept 21 - Dec 15, 2015: Fab 30-GT: Advanced Deep Editing, A Master Class

    Instructor: Margie Lawson

    Margie Lawson, head shot

    Sept 21 - Dec 15;  Fee:  $225

    Three Prerequisites:  Online 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

    Do you want to dig deep into deep editing?

    Do you want to work in an advanced class with all multi-Margie-grads?

    Do you want Margie to deep edit analyze 30 pages of your WIP?

    If so, this class is for you!

    Lectures will be short, compared to Margie's other courses. Emphasis is on applying deep editing to your WIP.

    We'll focus on making each word, line, sentence, paragraph, page, and scene provide a clear, smooth, empowered read.

    What's Fab 30-GT?

    It's Fab 30, and more. GT stands for Get Tough.

    Fab 30-GT has some new components.

    -- You'll do more EDITS System highlighting and analysis.

    -- You'll have sample pages to Margie-ize -- and see if your deep edits match mine.

    -- You'll dig deeper into deep edit analyzing your chapters.

    -- You'll work harder.

    -- You'll make your writing stellar, stellar, stellar.

    Enrollment is limited to 30.

    Join me in Fab 30-GT and give your writing and writing career a rocket-powered boost!


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