Margie Lawson

Changing your Writing World

Meet Margie Lawson!

Editor and International Presenter - Changing your Writing World

Margie Lawson left a career in psychology to focus on her true passion—helping writers make their stories, characters, and words strong. Tired of the same old writing rules and tools? Try something new.

Using a psychologically based, deep-editing approach, Margie teaches writers how to bring emotion to the page. Emotion equals power. And power not only grabs readers, it holds onto them until the end. Many Margie grads have gone on to win awards, find agents, sign with publishers, and hit bestseller lists.

As an international presenter, Margie has taught over 150 full day master classes in the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and France, as well as multi-day intensives on cruise ships in the Caribbean. Pre-COVID, she taught 5-day Immersion Master Classes across the U.S. and Canada and in seven cities in Australia too.

COVID Update: Immersion Master Classes are now virtual, taught through Zoom. Virtual Immersion classes are limited to six writers. They're two days long with two big topics--and as always, writers get one on one deep editing with Margie.

She also founded Lawson Writer's Academy, where you’ll find over 30 instructors teaching online courses through her website. To learn more, sign up for Margie’s newsletter.

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Wednesdays at 5:30PM Mountain Time - Hosted by Jennifer Windrow!

We'll do 15 minute sprints for one hour, but if we decide to go longer while we are writing we are open for that too! Edit. Write. Highlight. Do whatever you want as long as it is writing related!!

Starting April 24:

Sundays 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM Central European Standard Time - Hosted by Michele Garcia!

The plan is to do 4 x 25 min Pomodoro blocks with 5 min breaks in between.
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Never taken Margie's classes?

Don't know where to start?

Read my first three lecture packets in this order:

  1. Empowering Characters’ Emotions
  2. Deep Editing, Rhetorical Devices, and More
  3. Writing Body Language and Dialogue Cues Like a Psychologist

Lecture packets are available 24/7.

Immersion Master Classes

Margie Lawson's Immersion Master Classes will help you transform your manuscript into a page-turner!

In the last eight years I've taught over 140 Immersion Master Classes.

Enrollment is limited to seven or eight per class.

Some classes are held in my home west of Denver, Colorado. But I also teach Immersion classes in other cities. And countries.

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Margie is available for full day and weekend master classes, conferences, workshops, retreats, cruises, and keynotes.
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The Buzz about Margie

Tracy Brogan

Tracy Brogan

"I’ve taken several of Margie’s classes and each one has been a gem. My first was “Defeating Self-Defeating Behaviors” and it was exactly what I needed to jumpstart my career and overcome the obstacles in my way. Now I’m a best-selling RITA finalist, but I still review my notes from Margie’s lessons whenever I’m about… Read more "Tracy Brogan"

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

Allison Brennan

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"Margie Lawson, a brilliant psychologist, teaches a class on editing that, ahem, truly tested me. She uses color-coding to dissect writing in order to empower your stories. Yes, color-coding (sheesh, does everyone else use color-coding? Am I the only black-and-white writer out there? Black=ink; white=paper.) But I learned from Margie how to fix my prose.… Read more "Allison Brennan"

Allison Brennan
NYT Bestseller

Margaret Crowley

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

Margaret Crowley
Unpublished and improving, Central Ohio Fiction Writers

Lisa Tuttle

"I was taking Empowering Characters' Emotions when a writing contest deadline approached. Figuring a contest was a good way to see if the ECE techniques really worked, I pulled out an older book that had been thoroughly rejected by editors, agents, and contest judges. I invested a few hours into highlighting, analyzing, and rewriting the… Read more "Lisa Tuttle"

Lisa Tuttle
finalist in the 2009 Genesis Contest for unpublished writers

Cherry Vanderbeke

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

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

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