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!!

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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

Mary Karlik, MFA

Mary Karlik

Immersion is one of those things that's hard to describe. You really have to experience it to understand how absolutely mind-blowing amazing it is. Margie teaches more than just editing techniques. She teaches how to breathe a soul into your manuscript.

Mary Karlik, MFA

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.

Jenny Hansen

Jenny Hansen - Author

Margie, I hear you in my head and I use your lessons. Here are some ways I apply your lessons:

  • When I know a scene isn't working and I don't know why, I get out my multiple highlighters and EDITS the hell out of it. That always tells me why it's "wrong."
  • When the… Read more "Jenny Hansen"
Jenny Hansen

Allison Brennan

Photo: Allison Brennan

"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

Sandi

"When I first sent my manuscript to a freelance editor, she said: "This novel has no emotion. You need to take Margie Lawson's class." So I took your class, right? Then, this week I just got it back again from a different freelance editor and the first thing she said was, 'I'm glad to see… Read more "Sandi"

Sandi

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