Deep Editing: The EDITS System, Rhetorical Devices, and More


by Margie Lawson, M.S.


DEEP EDITING is for the writer who wants to psychologically impact the unconscious of the reader. For the writer who wants to learn fresh editing techniques. For the writer who wants to edit for power. 

Participants will:

1) Learn the EDITS System and take it deeper. See the interplay of patterns on the page and analyze what’s needed to strengthen the scene. This is not a broad-brush approach, it’s a roll up your sleeves and get to work making a difference with your manuscript.

If you were introduced to Margie’s EDITS System in her Empowering Characters’ Emotions course, you’ll learn how to expand the EDITS System in DEEP EDITING.

2) Learn 25 rhetorical devices and practice using them in your work. From anaphora to epistrophe, amplification to epizeuxis – learn how and when to use these techniques. Examples of rhetorical devices from best selling authors will motivate writers to follow their lead.

3) Develop skills by using worksheets provided in each lecture. The worksheets also serve as a handy reference for learning the rhetorical devices.

4) Learn Deep Editing tips including Margie’s Five Q, back story management, power lines, SAPS, throw-away words, cliché twists, back loading, tautologies, and emotional hits.

5) Develop a personal editing checklist from the Master Editing Checklist offered in the course.

6) Learn how to make a FINAL EDITING PASS and make it be your last pass.


Interested in having Margie present this workshop for your writing organization? Contact Margie.


Margie Lawson, a counseling psychologist, merges her two worlds, psychology and writing, by developing new editing techniques for writers. Formerly a college professor teaching graduate courses in psychology, she holds a Master of Science degree in Counseling Psychology. Her resume includes clinical trainer, psychologist, sex therapist, Director of an Impotence Clinic, hypnotherapist and keynote speaker.

A frequent speaker at writing conferences, Margie also presents: 1) Deep Editing: The EDITS System, Rhetorical Devices, and More, 2) Empowering Characters’ Emotions and 3) Defeat Self-Defeating Behaviors in high-energy one and two-day workshops to writing organizations nationally.