Margie Lawson

Make your writing soar


Instructor:  Rhay Christou, MFA

Two Week Intensive on Stacking the Stakes

August 1 - 15;  Fee:  $75 USD

Who cares about your story?

You’ve put your heart, soul and every drop of blood into your characters, and the story they have to tell. You’ve created a compelling plot where characters run a gauntlet of obstacles. You’ve edited, deep edited, made sure every single word sing.

And you’re still getting critique partners, beta readers saying, “but I don’t get it” Worse, you’re getting those form rejections or those just-didn’t-care-enough responses.

Don’t panic. All writers experience this at one time or another, and there is answer.

Likely you need to figure out the most important question of your scenes, chapters, story. You need to ask yourself why should the reader care about this person and her problem. You need to figure what makes the stakes of this novel personal and powerful.

The two-week intensive Stack the Stakes workshop will help you discover ways to get your readers caring on page one and keep them caring to the very end.  

Full easy to read lectures, hands on assignments, and plenty of opportunities for class and instructor interaction, Stack the Stakes will take a languishing story from plodding to powerful.


--  Define stakes

--  Realize size doesn’t matter

--  Discover the difference between stakes that matter and a gauntlet of problems

--  Take stakes from functional to fantastic

--  Develop ways for stakes to impact the protagonist

--  Create and sustain caring, caring, caring

--  Use connections to keep readers engaged

--  Dial up the stakes, tighten the tension

--  Change up the middle to rev up the pace

--  Write knockout endings that make the journey worth taking

About Rhay Christou: Two of the things I love are teaching and creative writing. With my MFA in writing from Vermont College, I have had the great fortune to combine them. I’ve taught everything from creative writing to academic writing at the university level as well as writing workshops in the USA and on the lovely island of Cyprus, where I live.

I teach several other courses online for Lawson Writer's Academy:  Create Compelling Characters, From Blah to Beats: Giving Chapters a Heart, Power Up Your Setting,  and Diving into Deep Point of View.

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