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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Free LWA Virtual Write-ins!

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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

Linda Covella

Linda Covella

"I constantly think how different and IMPROVED my writing is because of your teachings. I can't gush enough. 🙂 No class or book has come close to making the difference that your classes have. Your Empowering Characters' Emotions and Deep Editing classes have pushed my writing to a new level. With your tools, I'm more… Read more "Linda Covella"

Linda Covella
graduate of several of Margie's on-line courses

Diana Cosby

Diana Cosby

"Margie Lawson's EDITS System -- Powerful tools to ramp up your story from luke warm to a blistering hot NYT Bestseller!"

Diana Cosby
award-winning author of His Captive and His Woman, The MacGruder Brothers Series

CJ Lyons

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"Margie's Empowering Characters' Emotions and Deep Editing classes not only helped me to get in touch with my characters' visceral reactions, they also showed me ways to use my characters' emotions to drive my plots in compelling and evocative new directions!"

CJ Lyons
bestselling author of Lifelines, Warning Signs

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

Fabulous one on one sessions

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Working one on one with Margie was AMAZING! We worked through several chapters together, and I was bowled over, knocked sideways, ecstatic, and any number of other clichés. I loved her edits and I learned so much. I’m starting to see what I can cut, what I should keep, and as always what I can… Read more "Fabulous one on one sessions"

Becky Rawnsley

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