Margie Lawson

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Empowering Characters Emotions

Want to add a psychological punch to your writing and editing?

Want to learn how to capture the full range of body language on the page?

Want to turn your work into a page-turner by powering up emotion and hooking the reader viscerally?

Look forward to learning:

  • The EDITS System
  • Basic, complex, empowered, and super empowered passages
  • Backstory management
  • Kinesics, Haptics, Proxemics, Facial expressions, Paralanguage
  • Proprioceptive stimuli, Involuntary physical responses
  • Ideomotoric shifts
  • Mirroring, Communication Accommodation
  • Levels of intimacy, Love signals
  • Nonverbal gender differences
  • Emotional authenticity
  • Backloading
  • In-trancing the Reader
  • Writing fresh . . .
  • Projecting Emotion for a Non-POV character
  • Carrying a Nonverbal Image Forward
  • Objective Constructs
  • Empowering Characters’ Emotions Checklist


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.


Margie has asked two fabulous teachers to help by teaching this class for her. Check the schedule to see who will be teaching each session.

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 work in print anthologies, magazines, ezines, and ebooks.

Visit her at , www.suzannepurvis.blogspot.comFacebook, Amazon Author’s Central.

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 grad, and has discovered a passion for deepening her understanding of writing craft. Her work now regularly finals in contests. She is keen to share the magic of Margie’s Big Three courses to help fellow writers bring their work to the next level—and beyond!




A Great intro to EDITs with an amazing teacher

Rated 5.0 out of 5
October 6, 2020

I loved this class with instructor, Suzanne Purvis. The step-by-step approach to the EDITs system, sprinkled with lots of great tips for writing authentic emotion made this one of the best classes yet.

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Robin Wiesneth

Becky Rawnsley: Amazing tutor

Rated 5.0 out of 5
April 6, 2020

I’m very new to the writing scene. I feel very fortunate to have found this course. I love Margie’s EDITS approach. It’s a systematic way to help you hone your craft. It allows you to write freely knowing that it’s a simple matter of editing it afterwards to tighten things up.

Becky Rawnsley was my tutor and she was absolutely brilliant. Her feedback and guidance were amazing. I actually felt guilty some times with the level of feedback she was giving on my assignments.

I’ve already signed up for the ‘Deep Editing, Rhetorical Devices and More!’ If you want to take your writing seriously then this is definitely the course for you.

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Brian McElhone

Learn a Brilliant System for Editing Your Work

Rated 5.0 out of 5
March 2, 2020

I have taken all the classes offered created by Margie Lawson. I think she's a genius and the way she thinks about and teaches writing is so different from anything I've come across before.

In class you learn how to analyze your manuscript by figuring out exactly what information you've got on the page--dialogue, description, visceral responses--and what your missing. The colors systems Margie has created makes it really easy to see when you've got way to much of something and when you don't have enough of something vital.

I'm sure working through the lecture packet for this system on your own would be doable, but I found the in class experience invaluable. Becky Rawnsley was such an amazing instructor and was so patient while I asked tons of questions and for clarification on points. You get so much feedback in this month-long class, and I don't know if I'll ever be able to read a chapter of a book I'm writing again without thinking about the EDITS system. Even if you don't end up highlighting every page of your work, you'll still be thinking about the tenets of the class and making changes that will transform your writing.

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Mary Chase

One Of The Best Classes Ever

Rated 5.0 out of 5
March 1, 2020

Once I discovered Margie Lawson, I immediately bought all of the lecture packets for her classes and devoured them. But it wasn't until I actually had the opportunity to take the actual class that I truly understood how valuable the information was.

Empowering Character Emotions is one of those classes where almost immediately, the lightbulb goes off and you realize that Margie has just handed you a something so powerful, it'll change your writing forever.

The lectures are easy to read with lots of great examples, but I really do recommend taking the class if you can. I have taken the course a couple of times with Becky Rawnsley teaching, and have been so impressed. While getting direct feedback is always nice, getting it from someone who truly understands the material and wants to help you is immeasurable. The thoughts and ideas in this course have become so ingrained in me that I find that even my first drafts are better. I cannot recommend this course enough.

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