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June, 2020: 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, Vibes, Avoidance and deception cues, Specific Emotion-driven full Kinesics Patterns for anxiety, fear, joy, sadness, lust, shock, surprise . . .



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Posted by Margie Lawson on Wednesday, January 1, 2020

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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Margie Lawson—psychotherapist, writer, and international presenter – developed psychologically-based editing systems and deep editing techniques used by new writers to multi-award winning authors. She teaches writers how to add psychological power to create page turners.

Margie taught psychology and communication courses at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels. Her resume includes adjunct professor, clinical trainer, facilitator of trauma response sessions, and director of a counseling center.

In the last six years Margie presented over sixty full day Master Classes for writers. She taught her psychologically-anchored deep editing to over five thousand writers across the U.S., Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.

Writers who have studied her material credit her innovative editing approaches with taking their writing several levels higher—to publication, awards, and bestseller lists.

To learn about Margie’s 3-day Immersion Master Classes, full day Master Class presentations, on-line course schedule, Lecture Packets, and newsletter, visit:

Margie has asked two fabulous teachers to help by teaching this class for her. Check the schedule to see who will be teaching each session.

suzanne purvis

Suzanne Purvis is a transplanted Canadian living in the Deep South, where she traded “eh” for “y’all.” An author of long, short, and flash fiction for both children and adults, she has won several awards including those sponsored by the University of Toronto, RWA, Bethlehem Writer’s Roundtable, and Women Who Write. You can find her work in print anthologies, magazines, ezines, and ebooks.

Visit her at , www.suzannepurvis.blogspot.comFacebook, Amazon Author’s Central.

Becky Rawnsley

Becky Rawnsley is a physical therapist from the UK. She started writing as a hobby some twenty years ago, but realized if she was ever going to get off the slush-pile and onto the shelves, she needed help. Hunting for answers, she stumbled across Margie’s website and struck writing-gold.

Becky is now a multi-Margie, multi-LWA and Immersion grad, and has discovered a passion for deepening her understanding of writing craft. Her work now regularly finals in contests. She is keen to share the magic of Margie’s Big Three courses to help fellow writers bring their work to the next level—and beyond!



Possibly the Best Single Writing Class I've Ever Taken

5.0 rating
March 2, 2020

This was my first class at the Margie Lawson Academy (far from my last!). My teacher was Becky Rawnsley, and she was amazing.
The class focuses on writing better gestures, facial expressions, and what Margie calls dialogue cues, which replace the basic "he said' or "she said" or even worse "he said angrily."
You focus on things like how to write a better smile. It wasn't something I'd though about much before taking this class, and it has completely changed the way I write and the way I think about writing.
One big difference for me between this class and other writing classes I've taken, is that you actually work with your manuscript on a sentence level. There are so many classes that give you an overview of plotting or process or character arcs, but very few (I can't think of any) that actually help you write a better smile, a better shrug, a better tone in someone's voice. And I honestly believe those things make the difference between an okay book and a great one.
Becky is a fabulous instructor. There is constant, helpful feedback in this class. I honestly can't recommend it enough. I've taken other online classes and in person writing classes that cost hundreds of dollars more than this one, and haven't found anything else that has affected the way I write on such a profound level.

Mary Chase

Take Your Writing To The Next Level

5.0 rating
March 1, 2020

There's a reason that The Big 3 here at LWA have the reputation that they do, and it's because the information is so valuable. Writing Body Language and Dialogue cues has completely changed the way that I write. The information contained in this class is so powerful that I can honestly say that I'm a much better writer than I was before taking the class.
I also really love the hands-on approach. The lectures are succinct and full of so many great examples, it's easy to see what Margie is getting at. And the opportunity to post assignments and get direct feedback from the instructor is amazing. I have had the privilege of taking this class twice with Becky Rawnsley, and she is so amazing. Her feedback is fantastic and she explains why something works (or doesn't) and then you get to try again. Honestly, I can't recommned these classes enough.

Erin Parisien

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