Margie Lawson

Make your writing soar


Lights! Camera! Tension!

Tension belongs:

  • In every book
  • In every scene
  • On every page

Without it, who cares?  The whole story falls flat. 

In this class, we’ll drill deep to find exactly what creates tension in a scene or a character and we’ll learn dozens of ways to make sure you’ll use Margie’s orange highlighter at all the right moments. The class includes:

  1. Setting up tension – it starts small and grows into an explosion!
  2. Different types of tension -- patterns, time clocks, raising the stakes, mis-direction
  3. How sentence structure generates tension
  4. Create a tension tracker, so each major scene builds on the one before
  5. And lots more!

 We’ll also work on the ebb and flow of tension – too much is just as bad as too little – until we make each page the best it can be.

Because that's what it's all about!


Sarah (Sally) Hamer

Sarah (Sally) Hamer is eternally fascinated by people and how they ‘tick’ and works hard to incorporate individual idiosyncrasies to create living, breathing characters in her many works of fiction. She writes in many genres – mystery, science fiction, fantasy, romance, medieval history, non-fiction – and has won awards at both local and national levels, including two Golden Heart finals.

A teacher of beginning and advanced creative fiction writing and screenwriting at Louisiana State University – S for over ten years, she also is a book coach, with many of her students and critique partners becoming successful, award-winning authors.




Lots of personal attention

February 3, 2024

Loads of benefits in taking a class with Sarah. Sarah not only taught the subject of conflict and tension in detail, but also made herself available for other writing questions, encouragement, teaching and reviewing.

I appreciate how Sarah taught her class and offered supportive, constructive feedback. I went into the class confused about the very difference between conflict and tension, and Sarah cleared that up in an easy-to-understand format.

Many thanks, Sarah. I enjoyed the class immensely.

Donna Reed

Your Book Needs This class!

December 1, 2021

No matter if your a newbie or advanced out of this world, there is something here for you. I learned how to create the right amount of ebb and flow tension for my book and genre. Sarah always asks what you've learned and I've learned so much that I am able to take it away to the next project.

Sarah's classes are a one click for me and I take anything she teaches. She never gives you more than you need and always help push you to your writer's edge to make sure what you think is on the paper and to also get you to think deeper.

The title says it all.

Megan Ganesh

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