Margie Lawson

Changing your Writing World

Category: Writing

Jan, 2022: Your First Five Pages, Reader Glue

We all know what it’s like to pick up a book and be sucked into the fictional world. You sense that you can trust the author and suspend disbelief to go on a journey. But how do your favorite authors do that? In this class you will have lessons and homework. You will get input from the instructor as well as other students. You will be expected to give feedback to others, as well. You will walk away with a solid, compelling, well-polished start to your novel.

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Dec, 2021: Biz Smarts for Writers

Are you running your writing like a business?  A better question may be “Should you run your writing like a business?” The answer is: YES!! It’s not hard. Really! But most writers don’t think they need to be a business, mostly because so few of us make appreciable money at it. But it’s possible that utilizing some simple business practices, your writing income may change.

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Dec, 2021: Dazzling Developmental Edits

In Dazzling Developmental edits, you will work one-on-one with a professional editor who will help you learn the difference between a developmental edit and a copy edit, how to accept criticism when it stings, and learn what to expect from your very first developmental edit.

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Dec, 2021: Fixing Your Plot - Two Week Intensive

This class covers the basics of Goal, Motivation, and Conflict, but also helps you develop a powerful plot that creates a strong, memorable novel. Participants will take an idea, or an existing plot, and develop a strong outline that gives them a ready-to-write book.

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Dec, 2021: It's a Wonderful Writer's Life

This course will provide a month’s worth of playful exercises intended to feed your writer’s soul without overwhelming you. As with most LWA classes, this class will include one-on-one interaction with the instructor and other classmates, making it the perfect post-NaNo adventure to keep you moving forward with writing without interfering with the joy of the holiday season.

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Dec, 2021: Writing Flash Fiction

Have you ever thought of writing flash fiction, but didn’t, because you didn’t know where to start? Writing short can be tricky – you have to make every word count to convey a compelling, complete story in 100-1500 words. Laura will teach you how, helping you decide what to write about, how to develop standout characters in situations that will have readers on the edge of their seats.

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June, 2021: Can We Talk: Dialogue the Write Way

How to Write Dialogue with a Psychological Punch

A proven way to improve any manuscript. 

Learn how to craft dialogue that carries power!

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June, 2021: Dazzling Developmental Edits

10 People. 20 Pages. Deep Developmental Edits.

Editing your manuscript to get it ready for an agent or editor requires more than just crossing the T’s and dotting the I’s.

That’s where a developmental editor comes in.

Developmental editing is the first stage in preparing your manuscript for professional eyes. It helps you to build complex characters, checks that your pacing is not boring the reader, and makes sure you’ve plugged all those pesky plot holes.

In Dazzling Developmental edits, you will work one-on-one with a professional editor who will help you learn the difference between a developmental edit and a copy edit, how to accept criticism when it stings, and learn what to expect from your very first developmental edit.

During our time together we will developmental edit the first two chapters of your work in progress.

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June, 2021: 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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June, 2021: Killing it With Conflict

In one month we’ll tackle:

  • Understanding what conflict is and isn’t
  • Delving into the foundations of conflict
  • Implementing tips for structuring conflict for maximum impact
  • Using and expanding conflict in all Acts
  • Creating conflict in dialogue, setting, and scenes
  • Weaving tips and tricks and tools for conflict throughout story

Full of practical tips and interactive lectures, students will have plenty of opportunities to practice theory by submitting work, and getting feedback from fellow writers and me.

So come on and let’s get our conflict on.

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June, 2021: Profitable Facebook Ads

This is a masterclass on creating profitable Facebook Ads for authors who want to improve the ROI of their ads. Imagine spending a couple hundred dollars and making back thousands. Or knowing what your income will be month after month after month. Or building the advertising know-how and technical assets to make a viable bestseller run. This is what Profitable Facebook Ads aims to teach authors. The class covers all the elements that go into an effective, compelling ad and how best to work with Facebook to avoid pitfalls in its AI and algo. Michelle will show you all sorts of examples and what has worked and what hasn't. In addition, she'll review your ad homework and let you know of any issues or potential home runs. After the class, students can stay in touch via a Facebook group.

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June, 2021: Write Backstory With Confidence

Does your character or location have a fascinating history, but you’re unsure of the best way to express it?

The Write Backstory With Confidence workshop is for fiction writers who want to avoid information dumps and use backstory to provide character motivation that resonates with readers.

Backstory is the foundation of engaging characters and believable plots. When it’s well integrated and authentic, it drives the main story without killing pace. Learn how to banish boring backstory while maintaining pace and tension, with proven techniques that will enhance your overall storytelling proficiency. You’ll have seamless backstory in no time!

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June, 2021: Writing Body Language and Dialogue Cues Like a Psychologist

Learn how to write body language and dialogue cues from a kinesics specialist.  Writers will learn how to write fresh:

  • Body Language Basics:  facial messages, lips, eyes, chin, full facial expression, flicker-face, gestures, posture, hierarchical zones . . .
  • Body Language Clusters
  • Avoidance and deception cues
  • Vibes – beyond spidey senses and hair-raising
  • Turning Points driven by subtle body language cues
  • Body Language and Dialogue Cues for POV and Non-POV characters
  • Body Language and Dialogue Cues with Rhetorical Devices
  • Specific Emotion-driven full Kinesics Patterns for anxiety, fear, joy, sadness, lust, shock, surprise . . .

Each teaching point will be illustrated with examples from bestselling authors, their excerpts dissected and analyzed.

Bonus Lecture from a Police Detective:  Body Language in the Police and Criminal Worlds — Interrogations, Spotting Criminals, Hostage Negotiations

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