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.
"When I took my first Margie Lawson class, the paradigm shift I experienced was more like an earthquake -- I saw everything differently. I took more of her classes. I… Read more "Laura Drake"
"I can't say enough about your class. I was one of the many lurkers who were madly following along with all the lessons and homework. What a whirlwind month! I… Read more "Amy Wang"
"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… Read more "Tracy Brogan"
"Once again a heartfelt thank you for your brilliant course. I'm singing your praises (cliché alert!) to every writer I know 🙂 Your 'Deep Editing' course gave me the opportunity… Read more "Nicola Marsh"
"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'… Read more "CJ Lyons"
"After I took Margie Lawson's Master Class at a conference two years ago, the quality of my writing improved by an order of magnitude. Margie's trademark EDITS system is the… Read more "Salvatore "Sam" Falco"
"I just completed my second immersion master class, this one on the advanced side. Margie doesn't write your book for you, nor does she teach the cliche show don't tell.… Read more "Monica Corwin"
"Normally, writing books and such are useless to me. They are too dry in their approach and do not present the information in a way I find usable. Only Donald… Read more "Jagi Lamplighter Wright"
"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?… Read more "Sandi"
"As Mini Con conference coordinator for Central New York RWA chapter, I bring in speakers that will help authors at all levels of their careers. Margie Lawson’s workshops offer unique… Read more "Jennifer Talty"
"I loved your class and will use your DEEP EDITING techniques in books to come. Thanks again. I'll be telling all of my author friends."
"I LOVED Margie Lawson's class. WOW. WOW. WOW. Wish I would have discovered her sooner. Fabulous. My writing will soar to the next level. She's an incredible teacher and such… Read more "Cheryl Wyatt"
"WOW! What a powerhouse of information you have in your Lecture Packets. So much to absorb, even though I have studied them thoroughly. I credit your lectures with showing me… Read more "Dana McEndree"
"Defeat Self Defeating Behaviors Class is one of the most focused, useful, inspiring classes it has been my privilege to take. Margie's insight and encouragement can take the most self-defeating… Read more "Ginger Duran"
"What you learn from Margie is a writing-career changer! You will never look at your writing the same way again. Regardless of where you are in your writing - newbie… Read more "Lara Chapman"
"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… Read more "Margaret Crowley"
Wow. Just wow. I have witnessed the magic of Margie. There are so many classes offered through Lawson Writer's Academy, so many I plan to take, and so many to… Read more "Stacey Jackson: 14 Margie classes (LWA COURSES) in 7 months (incl. 2 pkts and 1 virtual immersion)"
"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… Read more "Lisa Tuttle"
If you want to put the 'wow' factor, or the OMG in your novels, this is the place to learn how. Margie's classes take you from decent to excellent with… Read more "B.A. Mealer"
"I just attended your workshop in Toronto on Saturday and I wanted to let you know that I was so thrilled to learn as much as I did! I immediately… Read more "C. Taylor"
Two days of Virtual Immersion with Margie refreshed what I learned from the core classes and added a good deal of new material. I am excited to use it all!… Read more "Debra Getts"
"Before taking Margie's workshop, my writing was ho-hum. Margie showed me how to ratchet up the suspense and breathe life into my characters. Since taking the workshop, I finaled for… Read more "Carol Ann Erhardt"
"Margie Lawson's workshop, Empowering Characters' Emotions, was just what I needed to infuse extra oomph into my WIP. It's amazing what a handful of highlighters and some out-of-the-box thinking can… Read more "Susan Gee Heino"
"The workshop I went to last month was the best I've ever been to, bar none. And I've been to plenty. LOL Margie's workshop was so awesome, I've asked her… Read more "Colleen Coble"
"I've attended one of Margie's all-day seminars, taken all her online classes; attended her workshops at RWA conferences, and flown to Colorado to attend her four-day Immersion class. Margie taught… Read more "Elizabeth Essex"
"Margie Lawson's EDITS System -- Powerful tools to ramp up your story from luke warm to a blistering hot NYT Bestseller!"
"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… Read more "Alex Ratcliff"
"In the twenty years I've been writing fiction, two teachers have astounded me with their insights and taught me… Read more "Randy Ingermanson, Ph. D."
“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… Read more "Melinda Curtis"
"I used Margie's empowering techniques when working on my revisions for TEXAS HOLD HIM. They really intensified the climactic scene and strengthened my manuscript over all. TEXAS HOLD HIM has… Read more "Lisa Cooke"
"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… Read more "DiAne Gates"
"I bought Margie's DEEP EDITING Lecture Packet when I was 1/3 into editing ANCIENT WHISPERS. After I used her EDITS System and did some Deep Editing, my critique partners couldn't… Read more "Marie-Claude Bourque"
“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… Read more "Kathleen Baldwin"
"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,… Read more "Cherry Vanderbeke"
"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… Read more "Linda Covella"
"I booked Margie to give her Empowering Characters' Emotions Workshop for Central Ohio Fiction Writers. Because her techniques apply to all genres, it was easy to attract writers from outside… Read more "Margaret Crowley"
"WOW! I'm not anywhere close to finishing your courses and already it has made a tremendous difference in my writing. The EDITS system is pure brilliance! Just what I needed… Read more "Devon Gray"
"Margie Lawson's classes helped take my writing to the next level to become published."
“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… Read more "Kristin Meachem"
"Margie Lawson's classes are the perfect choice for authors looking to take their writing craft to the next level. I take her workshops and classes whenever my schedule allows and… Read more "Jaye Wells"
"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,… Read more "Allison Brennan"
"Your classes (both online and at the Georgia writing conference) changed my life!! My YA debut sold in a three-book, pre-empt to Harper Collins. Phoebe was so very complimentary about… Read more "Romily Bernard"
"I looked back at the changes I made during Margie's on-line deep edits class and was amazed at what I had written. There was no way I could have been… Read more "Leanne Ihmel"
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… Read more "Fabulous one on one sessions"