Margie Lawson

Changing your Writing World

FAQs

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I'm a new writer. Where should I start?

Start with Empowering Characters' Emotions. You can take it "live" with an instructor in the online classes or you can take it on your own time using the lecture packet. Both will get you started.

Also, check out the different options in our course catalog. You can filter by "level" and choose "beginner" -- we have over 100 courses designed to help you tackle different aspects of the writing career. Some are targeted at specific genres, others at specific problems that writers encounter.

Class Questions

What time is my class?

LWA classes don't have times assigned to them. They have months or weeks.

Our students and teachers come from all over the world, and live in many different time zones. This is why we use forums for communication.

Inside your class, you'll find lessons from your teacher. Many are text, but some are video based. You can log into the classroom and read these lessons any time during the month the class is scheduled for.

There will be forums where you can turn in your homework or read what other students are posting. You'll be able to message your teacher and get to know the other students in class, and you'll be able to schedule your class time around your busy schedule.

How do I get to class?

First, make sure you are logged in at MargieLawson.com. Then look for "Go to Classroom" - there are several links, a couple in the top navigation, one in the footer, and one on the account page. All will take you into the classroom.

Your first time there, you'll need to accept a privacy policy and there is a short tutorial to show you where things are located.

Look for the image of your class. It may be under the "future" drop down if it hasn't started yet.

Click on the image and you are in!

I haven't heard from my teacher? When does class start?

In each class, there's a start date. Students are expected to log into the classroom on that date and routinely throughout the course to make sure they read the lessons and turn in the homework. Your teacher may check on you if you don't come into class, but setting aside time to read/watch lessons and do the homework is your responsibility.

Can I ask my teacher a question?

Definitely! You can use the forums. If you want something more private, you can click on "participants" in the left hand menu of your class. Click on your teacher's name and their email address should show up.

Will I get a grade?

Classes aren't graded. You'll get out of the class what you put in. The classes are largely self-guided with the teacher available to answer questions and help you get the most out of their material.

Is there homework?

Yes. Depending on the class, the teacher will encourage you to use the skills that you are developing. The more time you spend, the more you will get out of the class.

When will my teacher respond to my homework?

Teachers usually log in several times each day, but be aware that your teacher may not be in the same time zone you are. They'll get to everyone's homework as quickly as possible. If you feel like something has been missed, don't hesitate to reach out to your teacher, but be aware that they spend a lot of time on each assignment and sometimes you may need to wait a couple of days for a response.

Tech Questions

A class that I took a year ago isn't there any more! Can I get it back?

No. Sadly, the space on our server is limited. We leave classes open at least a month after the end of class. Teachers offer some form of downloadable notes for you to keep. Make sure you download them! You can also copy/paste and save feedback on your assignments, etc. Make sure you get this information before the class expires. Sadly, once it is deleted, the class can not be recovered.

Why do I have to log in?

Classes are private. Only students who are enrolled in the class can get in. They're being delivered over the internet. This is for your protection as well as for the protection of the teacher's course material. Logging in is how the system knows who you are and what class you're in.

Do I have to allow cookies?

Yes. The cookie is your key to the classroom. No entrance without cookies!

I can't log in!

Clear your browser cache and try again. If that doesn't work, contact Lisa, Margie's technical support person, and she'll get you in.

Do the classes work on ____ (Mac, PC, Phone, toaster...)?

Yes! Although the toaster might not be a good choice. Anything with a web browser can access our courses. There is even a Moodle app that you can use to access the classroom on your phone. (Contact support for details on how to set it up.)

Further Questions

I want to take Immersion. Do I really need to take the prerequisites?

Yes. You really do. All that Margie teaches builds on the information in those first 3 classes. While you could theoretically go and participate without having read those first, you won't get as much out of the lessons during immersion if you don't recognize the terminology that Margie will be using.

What are the prerequisites for Immersion?

  1. Empowering Characters’ Emotions
  2. Deep Editing, Rhetorical Devices, and More
  3. Writing Body Language and Dialogue Cues Like a Psychologist

When will ___ class be offered again?

Check the full course catalog! We update the schedule as often as possible. We try to have classes scheduled at least 3 months in advance. If you need more information, don't hesitate to contact support.

I have an idea for a class! Who do I talk to?

Contact Lisa, Margie's technical support and LWA Wrangler.

Do your teachers speak at conferences?

Yes! Just use the contact form and we'll put you in touch.

Can Margie come speak at a special event? (Critique group, Conference, Cruise, Destination Immersion Ideas...)

Yes. As soon as COVID allows, Margie would love to. She's also available for virtual events in the meantime. Contact Margie using the contact form. Be sure to include the details of the event!

Can I work one-on-one with Margie Lawson?

Yes. But first you'll need to complete the 3 prerequisites and take Immersion. You want to get the most out of your time with Margie, so you'll want to tackle the basics first. Margie's time is limited, but she enjoys working with authors and helping them succeed.

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