Margie Lawson

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Digging Deep into the Deep EDITS System


  1. Empowering Characters’ Emotions
  2. Deep Editing:  The EDITS System, Rhetorical Devices, and More

To meet the prerequisites, ECE and Deep Editing may have been taken as on-line courses, or as independent study with Lecture Packets.

Lesson Plan:

Part 1:  Digging Deep into the EDITS System

Part 1 —  Addresses

  1. The Big Picture and the Nuances of the EDITS System
  2. Taking the EDITS System Deeper
  3. Writing Emotion for Visceral Impact
  4. Streaming Emotion for your genre and style
  5. Editing Patterns and Voids
  6. Scene Strategies:  Balancing and Tracking
  7. Writing to the EDITS Colors
  8. Tension, Conflict, and The EDITS System
  9. Obtain Feedback from Margie Lawson

Part 2: Digging Deep into the EDITS System

Part 2 — Provides writers with an opportunity to:

  1. Analyze strengths, and areas needing strengthening, per EDITS category
  2. Clarify points
  3. Use the Digging Deep Worksheet
  4. Anchor learning and Application
  5. Dig Deep into Diagnose and Treat
  6. Obtain Feedback from Margie
  7. Review three passages by bestselling authors – and the two in-depth analyses provided by Margie Lawson:
  8. EDITS System applied and explained
  9. A Deep Editing Analysis
  10. Dig Deep into Applying the EDITS System:
    • Know WHAT editing you need to do WHERE
    • WHY you need to edit that passage
    • HOW – using multiple options that fit you and your writing style to create page turners


Margie Lawson

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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