Margie Lawson

Changing your Writing World

Category: Writing

April, 2022: Story Structure Safari

Beautiful words and exciting scenes aren't enough to propel the reader through a novel. Stories need a plan, a focus, a solid structure from beginning to end. In this 30-day course, you will explore the story structure elements, transformational character arcs, and plot that make up powerful, bestselling stories. You will learn how to analyze examples, from bestselling novels, movies, or TV shows, for each story element or concept. A variety of activities and techniques help you hone your skills and infuse these elements and concepts into your own story. You’ll receive feedback from the instructor, and often from other classmates, to aid in your understanding of the concepts as you apply them to your story. Story Structure Safari’s goal is to help you dig deep into the heart of your story and focus on how to consistently meet or exceed your reader’s expectations.

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April, 2022: Two-Week Intensive on Revision

A mini-version of the longer month-long Revision class. Online only class that offers hands-on help revising a manuscript. We will work on chunks at a time, with feedback and critiquing from New York Times bestselling author Shirley Jump. The class covers plot, character, and show, not tell, but offers less homework and feedback than the month-long class. Students work on shorter segments for homework. Students will gain the tools they need to write stronger and revise better.

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April, 2022: Advanced Craft

You know the feeling – when you start a book and immediately suspend disbelief to fall into the story world. As authors, we know that this isn’t easy to do. It takes more than a good scene. It takes a maestro of craft to pull it off. This is a writing master class. If you’re past problems with POV, character development and stage direction, this class will help you understand the subtle nuances that can be the difference between a ‘good writer’ and a popular author.

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April, 2022: Flying Write

Want to make your writing soar? Do you want to add airplanes and aviation to your writing, but can’t tell the difference between a Cessna 172 and a Boeing 747? Do you want to learn about classic aviation stories and their plots, characters, and settings? Come join historian and airplane geek Hugh Gordon as he explains how to incorporate the world of airplanes in your writing. You will explore the thrilling history of human flight and how great (and not so great) fiction has emerged from it.

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April, 2022: Intro to Screenwriting

Are you an author of a book that you'd like to turn into a movie? Do you have an idea for the next big movie, but you don't know where to start? If you're interested in learning the art of how to write a screenplay, you're in the right place. Wally and Betty will teach YOU what they wish someone had taught them before they ever sat down to write their first screenplays!

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April, 2022: Potent Pitches & Brilliant Blurbs

Wowza!  Your book is done. Congratulations. You’re ready to put your fabulous story out there into the publishing world. One of the best ways to get your work in front of agents and editors, is through pitching and querying. But to pitch and query you need to distill your amazing book down to a few intriguing paragraphs or lines or Twitter for pitches, even just words. In this intensive, hands-on, two week class, you’ll learn the basics of a hook-an-agent/editor pitch/blurb. This intensive, hands-on, two week class offers you the most important opportunity: feedback.  We will revise, fine-tune, and re-work your pitches and blurbs, all while working to maintain emotion and your voice in a hooky, can’t-wait-to-read pitch/blurb.

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April, 2022: Power Up Your Setting

No matter how much you love your story, we all have experienced those times when we’ve shared a chapter or a scene, and surprisingly everyone in the group just doesn’t feel the love. Whether you are working on your first novel or your fortieth novel, the class will push you deeper to create a setting that resonates not only with characters but readers as well.

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April, 2022: The Indie Author: A hands-on guide to self-publishing

Think of this course as Self-publishing with training wheels! In this course you will learn the ins and outs of the self-publishing world. How to take your book from written to published and all the things in between. And take a guided tour via zoom through the KDP jungle and other publishing platforms.

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April, 2022: World Genesis: World Building 101

Whether your manuscript is Sci-Fi, Urban Fantasy, High Fantasy, Steampunk, a mash-up, or something in-between, worldbuilding is a key element to a successful and immersive story. In this four-week course you will go over the various aspects to building a solid world, from where and when the story is set to the characters that populate it, the technology (and magic) they use, to their language, government, culture, and beyond.

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April, 2022: Writing Thrillers and Other Dangerous Novels

Want to write a New York Times Bestseller? Thrillers, mysteries, and suspense novels consistently rank in the top 25 books on the NYT bestseller list. Some of the biggest authors in the world write dangerous novels—James Patterson, Agatha Christie, Dean Koontz, Nora Roberts, and John Grisham to name only a few. Writing a good book with a dangerous edge has both pros and pitfalls. Julie Rowe, author of the military thriller Biological Response Team series and the thriller Outbreak Task Force series, provides a writing master class of information, insight, writing exercises, and comprehensive feedback on your dangerous novel.

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Feb, 2022: The Sizzling, Scintillating Synopsis

The goal of this class through lessons, assignments, and plenty of feedback is for you to come away with a sizzling, scintillating synopsis. A synopsis that will get the attention of an agent, editor, or contest judge and prove you’re a professional and talented story teller. This class is for anyone who would like a surefire way to plot your novel with all the necessary beats, characters arc, relationship arc, and the added bonus of a finished synopsis. No more moaning. Sign up. Learn how to create a stellar synopsis.

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Feb, 2022: Author Alchemy - Tech Hacks for the Computer Illiterate, the Savvy, and Everyone In Between

Self-editing is hard, even on a good day when you have all your spoons and are ready to jump into your manuscript with a handful of highlighters and a prayer. Using some Author Alchemy you can make the tools you use every single day work for you. Macros, or written command built into Word to automate a function, can take some of the pressure off. Let your tools handle the hard stuff while you…stock up on more highlighters for what comes next! The best part…you don’t need to be a word wizard to join this class. I’ll break everything down to the very basic level for the beginners and experienced alike.

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Feb, 2022: Connecting the Dots: Conspiracy Theories in History and Writing

Today it seems like conspiracies and conspiracy theories are everywhere. Do you want to add shadowy organizations and secret plots to your writing? Why not look at real conspiracies from history to feed your own dark designs? Come join historian Hugh Gordon as he shows which conspiracies can be proven, and others that remain in the shadows. You will learn about government plots and other beliefs that stretch the imagination. Learn how to make your reader uncover a truth that can fit with any conspiracy in history.

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Feb, 2022: Establish a Ghostwriting Business & Monetize Your Talent

In this 30-day course, you’ll learn insider secrets the purists don’t know about ghostwriting—its jaw-dropping prevalence, its capacity to elevate writing skills in record time, its ability to deliver writers from the 1001 hats we’re told we must wear to make money in this industry. And you’ll learn why ghostwriting might just be the best writing decision you’ll ever make. The demand for ghostwriters is staggering. The work-from-anywhere option to supplementing your personal writing income is liberating. And the way ghostwriting leverages the belief you have in your talent? Well . . . that’s priceless. This course takes you on a nurturing and heart-centered journey from initial perceptions about ghostwriting to everything you need to know to book your first client and includes a one-on-one meeting with the instructor and exclusive post-class access to an ongoing support network to optimize success.

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Feb, 2022: Go Graphic: Creating Comic Books and Graphic Novels with Zap Pow Zing Power!

Comic books and graphic novels are nothing new but, in today's publishing world, they've become a fantastic way to get your story out there. In fact, graphic novels have seen phenomenal growth – a sales surge of up to 15% -- in the last four or five years. Even better? You can write a graphic novel and still write a book or movie or TV show or….

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Feb, 2022: Intensive on Writing the Romance Novel

Romance novels comprise nearly half the mass market paperback sales, according to Romance Writers of America. If you are interested in becoming a part of this happily ever after industry, or just want to learn how to add a love story to your mystery, thriller or other genre novel, take a germ of an idea and turn it into a story, covering the basics of goal, motivation and conflict as well as scene and sequel and plotting, with a special emphasis on the hero and heroine’s journeys.

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