Margie Lawson

Make your writing soar


Love your Voice

Want to immerse your readers in your story from page one to the end? Want readers eager to read your next book and the next and the next? That’s Voice! For many popular authors creating an engaging, evocative, and enthralling Voice seems effortless. But try to evaluate your own voice? It’s hard to tell what makes it special...and how to capitalize on our natural strengths. 

Julie Rowe, author of more than twenty contemporary romance and military thriller titles will provide a writing master class of information, insight, and writing exercises designed to showcase your voice. Julie will also work one on one with you on the first 50 pages of your Work In Progress.

What you will learn:

  • The seven key elements that make up an author’s unique voice: emotion, core story/theme, setting & description, pacing, conflict, characterization, and mechanics.
  • Writing exercises to give you the tools to refine, polish, and even change your Voice.
  • The rules of writing: how to use them and when to break them.
  • Editing and revision techniques to help you add power to your voice.

Who should take this course:

  • Beginning writers who want to discover their voice.
  • Intermediate writers who want to focus on their strengths and power up their voice.
  • Experienced writers who want to power up their voice or change it slightly to suit a new genre.

Course overview

Lesson one: What is Voice?

  • Definition of Voice
  • Voice examples from well-known authors
  • First page evaluation and discussion

Lesson two: Emotion

  • Connecting emotionally with the three distinct audiences of every story:
    • The author,
    • the characters
    • the reader
  • Multiple writing exercises and discussion

Lesson three: Core Story / Theme

  • Discover your personal theme
  • Multiple writing exercises and discussion

Lesson four: Setting & Description

  • Using setting purposefully and effectively
  • Word and phrasing choice
  • Multiple writing exercises and discussion

Lesson five: Pacing

  • Determining your pace
  • Techniques to increase or decrease pace
  • Multiple writing exercises and discussion

Lesson six: Conflict

  • What do the characters want and why they can’t have it
  • Ensuring the conflict is deep and difficult
  • Multiple writing exercises and discussion

Lesson Seven: Characterization

  • Character choice
  • Character development
  • Multiple writing exercises and discussion

Lesson Eight: The rules of writing / Mechanics

  • The rules of writing: how to use them and when to break them
  • Multiple writing exercises and discussion

Lesson Nine: Your first three chapters (last 10 days of workshop)

  • Post your first three chapters for feedback
  • Revise and repost your work for more feedback
  • Feedback will include:
    • questions
    • opportunities for story character and conflict development
    • examples
    • some line edits (punctuation and grammar)
  • Julie will not:
    • delete and rewrite your work
    • provide full line edits (punctuation and grammar)


Julie Rowe

Julie Rowe’s first career as a medical lab technologist in Canada took her to the North West Territories and northern Alberta, where she still resides. She is the author of the Biological Response Team series, The Outbreak Task Force series, and the Trapped with Him series. You can find out more about her books at her website, on Twitter @julieroweauthor, or at her Facebook page:




I'm so thrilled I did this course!

November 17, 2020

This course was amazing. I'm so glad I had the chance to do such a great course. I learned to not only embrace my author voice but to make it the best I can. My writing improved dramatically and the knowledge I gained from this course helped me to breathe fresh life into my stories and every single word I put on my pages. I absolutely recommend this course. It was truly fantastic.

Khardine Gray, USA Today Bestselling Author

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