Margie Lawson

Make your writing soar


Category: Writing

Oct, 2023: 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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Oct, 2023: Anatomy of Trope

Everyone says, "write to trope," or "put tropes in your book," but what does that even mean? In this two-week tropes masterclass, Becca Syme (MATL) will teach the psychology of tropes, the way to deconstruct and construct them, and the way to include (or enhance) them in your fiction.

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Oct, 2023: Create Compelling Characters

Panster, plotter, or follow the whisperer, regardless of how you get that first draft, second draft, third draft on the page, at some point you'll need to dive into the skin of your character.

In Create Compelling Characters, we do just that. With hands-on behind the scene tips on how writers explore characters, you'll get to know your characters better than you ever thought possible. With practical exercises exploring the psychic distance between story and reader, we'll explore a multitude of ways to draw your reader in closer to your story and your characters.

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Oct, 2023: Deep Editing, Rhetorical Devices, and More

DEEP EDITING is for the writer who wants to psychologically impact the subconscious of the reader. For the writer who wants to learn fresh editing techniques. For the writer who wants to edit for hook-the-reader power.

Participants will:

  • Learn the EDITS System and take it deeper.
  • See the interplay of patterns on the page and analyze what’s needed to strengthen the scene.
  • Learn 25 rhetorical devices and practice using them in your work.
  • Learn how and when to use these structural and stylistic techniques.
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Oct, 2023: For Your Children's Children

Ever thought about writing your OWN story? Memoirs and autobiographies are the perfect way to connect with your family, to tell your story your way, and to create a lasting memory of who you are.

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Sept, 2023: Story Structure Safari

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.

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Sept, 2023: Empowering Characters' Emotions

Empowering Characters' Emotions

Want to take a 5-day Immersion Master Class? This online course is one of the prerequisites!

This class is packed with deep editing gems that will help you add emotional power to every page!

You'll learn:
✬ The EDITS System
✬ My Four Levels of Powering Up Emotion
✬ Backstory management
✬ How to write fresh facial expressions
✬ How to write fresh dialogue cues from all six categories
✬ And a whole lot more!


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Sept, 2023: How to Speak Legalese: Deciphering Literary Contracts

In this course we will dive into the dizzying world of literary contracts. You’ll learn what is typically in a literary contract, such as an author-agent agreement or a publishing contract, and what the most common clauses really mean. You’ll learn what to watch out for, when to try to change things, and when to walk away. And you’ll be given plenty of resources to help you do more research on your own.

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Sept, 2023: The Art and Science of Historical Research

In this class we will explore resources—both traditional and unusual—for historical research as well as consider how to use historical fact for more than just description of our characters or their world. We will focus on categories of resources that will yield benefits for all time periods and give assignments to help you begin to find the information you need. We will also discuss ways to organize your research so that you can actually use it!

Whether you are at the beginning of your research or trying to flesh out a manuscript already written, your story can benefit from a closer look at both the art and science of historical research.

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