Margie Lawson

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Oct, 2020: Deep Editing, Rhetorical Devices, & More


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


October 1 - 31

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

Participants will:

  1. 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. This is not a broad-brush approach, it’s a roll up your sleeves and get to work making a difference with your manuscript.
    (If you were introduced to Margie’s EDITS System in her Empowering Characters’ Emotions course, you’ll learn how to expand the EDITS System in DEEP EDITING.)
  2. Learn 25 rhetorical devices and practice using them in your work. From anaphora to epistrophe, amplification to epizeuxis – learn how and when to use these techniques. Examples of rhetorical devices from best selling authors will motivate writers to follow their lead.
  3. Develop skills by using worksheets provided in each lecture. The worksheets also serve as a handy reference for learning the rhetorical devices.
  4. Learn Deep Editing tips including Margie’s Five Q, back story management, power lines, SAPS, throw-away words, cliché twists, back loading, tautologies, and emotional hits.
  5. Develop a personal editing checklist from the Master Editing Checklist offered in the course.

Learn how to make a FINAL EDITING PASS and make it be your last pass.


Margie Lawson

Margie Lawson left a career in psychology to focus on her true passion—helping writers make their stories, characters, and words strong. Tired of the same old writing rules and tools? Try something new.

Using a psychologically based, deep-editing approach, Margie teaches writers how to bring emotion to the page. Emotion equals power. And power not only grabs readers, it holds onto them until the end. Many Margie grads have gone on to win awards, find agents, sign with publishers, and hit bestseller lists.

As an international presenter, Margie has taught over 150 full day master classes in the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and France, as well as multi-day intensives on cruise ships in the Caribbean. Pre-COVID, she taught 5-day Immersion Master Classes across the U.S. and Canada and in seven cities in Australia too.

COVID Update: Immersion Master Classes are now virtual, taught through Zoom. Virtual Immersion classes are limited to six writers. They're two days long with two big topics--and as always, writers get one on one deep editing with Margie.

She also founded Lawson Writer's Academy, where you’ll find over 30 instructors teaching online courses through her website. To learn more, sign up for Margie’s newsletter.

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!



The More in this class is one of the secret ingredients!

5.0 rating
June 28, 2020

This class was amazing! From what you’ll learn from Margie Lawson’s lectures to the tutelage received from Becky Rawnsley as she guides her students through the course, you will get more than your money’s worth. Becky has a unique way of understanding what a writer didn’t say, meant to say, or wanted to say. She showed me how to tighten homework passages as well as how to better communicate the message I’d wanted to share. Not only is Becky a wonderful instructor, but the time and generosity she takes with her students is invaluable and most definitely a secret ingredient of the More of this class. I highly recommend any of Margie’s classes, and any Becky teaches. A huge THANK YOU to Margie and Becky for all they do in helping writers better our craft! You are both appreciated!

Christine Caudle

Invaluable class for writers at all levels!

5.0 rating
June 7, 2020

First, the content of this class, rhetorical devices, have forever changed how I structure sentences. It's as if a secret door were unlocked. A secret door to a world more crisp, clear, and vivid.
Second, Becky. Wonderful Becky Rawnsley. She went through each students' assignment with extraordinary attention and detail and feedback. If this course granted the key to the secret door, her instruction taught how to turn that key AND open that door.
Deep Editing + Becky Rawnsley = The Dynamic Duo. Register. Right now. Seriously. Get the key to that secret door.

Stacey Jackson

Alliterition and Anaphora!

5.0 rating
March 2, 2020

I loved learning more about the rhetorical devices in this class. Obviously, many of us learned about them in elementary school (my daughter was memorizing them at the same time I took this one), but you this class takes you so much deeper into how to use them to make your fiction resonant with writers on a deeper level.
Becky Rawnsley was such a great teacher for the class. You're tasked with finding places in your WIP to use these rhetorical devices and you get amazing feedback on how to make them even better after that. Becky is so generous with her time and expertise. There's nothing like these core Margie Lawson classes to transform your writing.

Mary Chase

Such Powerful Tools

5.0 rating
March 1, 2020

We all know what rhetorical devices are (even if we don't know that's what they're called), but I don't think many of us know just how powerful they are in our writing. Which is why Margie Lawson's class is so amazing.
The lectures in this class are easy to read and full of so many wonderful examples, it's easy to see how powerful having these tools in your toolbox can be. I highly recommend taking the classes, however, because the feedback that you receive on your work is invaluable. I've taken the class a couple of times with Becky Rawnsley, and I can honestly say that I am a better writer now than I was before I started. It's always great to get direct feedback from someone who knows the material inside and out and who honestly wants to help you.
I can't recommend this (or any of the other classes) highly enough. This is the most comprehensive way to level up your writing.

Erin Parisien

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