Margie Lawson

Changing your Writing World

Instructor Biographies

B. Dave Walters

B. Dave Walters is a motivator, storyteller, and structure fiend. He is best known as the writer of Dungeons & Dragons: A Darkened Wish for IDW comics, and the Long Beach by Night streaming series. He's co-writer of the Salvage Marines TV series and Electropunk Transmedia series. He has written films, novels, a non-fiction book […]

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Rhay Christou

The two things I love most in the world are teaching and creative writing. With my MFA in writing from Vermont College, I have had the great fortune to combine the two. Since graduating I’ve taught everything from creative writing to academic writing at the university level as well as writing workshop on the lovely […]

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Michelle Fox

Michelle Fox has used marketing to procrastinate on her word count goals for the past seven years. She's run marketing initiatives that catapulted authors into the top 100, helped authors hit bestseller lists, spearheaded a genre mash up boxed set that hit the USAT list, and crashed the Instafreebie (now Prolific Works) site with one […]

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Donna Alward

NYT Bestselling Author Donna Alward loves writing books by the seat of her pants, but she’s a plotter all the way when it comes to her career plan. The author of more than 50 romances, Donna lives in Nova Scotia, Canada, and is currently writing for Harlequin and continuing her indie Darling, VT series. She’s […]

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Michelle Schusterman

Michelle Schusterman is the author of over a dozen books for kids and teens, including SPELL & SPINDLE, OLIVE AND THE BACKSTAGE GHOST, and the series THE KAT SINCLAIR FILES and I HEART BAND. She co-authored the YA novel THE PROS OF CONS with Alison Cherry and Lindsay Ribar, and co-authored the SECRETS OF TOPSEA series under the name M. Shelley Coats. She also […]

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Elizabeth Essex

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 […]

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Lisa Wells

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 […]

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Laura Drake

Laura Drake, 2014 RITA Winner for Best First Novel, doesn't take 'no' for an answer. After a total of three novels, and 417 queries, in June of 2011, she scored an agent -- Nalini Akolekar of Spencerhill and Associates. She now has twelve published novels. The first, The Sweet Spot, won the 2014 RWA RITA […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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Becky Rawnsley

Becky Rawnsley is a physical therapist from the UK. She started writing as a hobby some twenty years ago, but realized if she was ever going to get off the slush-pile and onto the shelves, she needed help. Hunting for answers, she stumbled across Margie’s website and struck writing-gold. Becky is now a multi-Margie, multi-LWA and Immersion […]

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Koreen Myers

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. Currently, she’s the grant writer at Morgan Community College where she wins awards on behalf of local programs–all by telling real-world stories! She has a BA in English/Art through Adams […]

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Sarah Hamer

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 […]

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Anne Mateer

Anne Mateer has loved the marriage of history and fiction since she first began reading. Armed with a B.A. in history from Southern Methodist University, she has authored four traditionally published historical novels, including one Carol Award finalist. This past September, she published her first indie historical novella, No Small Storm, with another scheduled to release late spring. Anne […]

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Lori Brown

Lori Brown has made her living as a professional editor since 2001. Lori has good literary instincts and an excellent ear, a solid grounding in grammar and punctuation, a strong sense of syntax, and a deep feeling for the rhythm of writing. She's one of those hopeless nerds who likes reading the dictionary. She is a […]

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R.L. Syme

R.L. Syme is a USA Today best-selling author of the Line of Fire series and the Highland Renegades. She writes small-town romance as Becca Boyd and cozy culinary mysteries as R.L. Syme. She is a writer of heroes and sleuths worth loving and villains worth hating. Lover of fancy cheese, binge-watching, strawberries, and hope. A […]

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Suzanne Purvis

Suzanne Purvis is a transplanted Canadian living in the Deep South, where she traded “eh” for “y’all.” An author of long, short, and flash fiction for both children and adults, she has won several awards including those sponsored by the University of Toronto, RWA, Bethlehem Writer’s Roundtable, and Women Who Write. You can find her […]

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Lisa Norman

Lisa Norman is the owner of Heart Ally Books, an independent publishing company. She also owns a website design company specializing in creating websites for authors, Deleyna's Dynamic Designs. For over 25 years, she has worked with both indie and traditionally published writers on everything from writing through publication and marketing. She has taught students from […]

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Lisa Miller

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, Lisa created and coordinates the DSDB Alumni Yahoo Loop. Not always finding the writing classes she needs, Lisa scours the internet […]

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Margie Lawson

Margie Lawson—psychotherapist, writer, and international presenter – developed psychologically-based editing systems and deep editing 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 and communication courses at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels. Her resume includes adjunct professor, clinical trainer, […]

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