Margie Lawson

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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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Feb, 2022: It's All About Character: Using Character Themed Words

This course will teach writers how to find and use character-themed words specific to their heroes, heroines, and even villains. Every word in your novel should serve two purposes: to move the plot forward and give greater insight into the characters. Using character-themed words will grab your reader’s attention and hold it throughout the novel. Readers remember real characters. Characters that are so fully-developed, they walk off the page and into our hearts. Editors, agents and great teachers like Margie Lawson talk about fresh writing, but that term is sometimes difficult to understand. To me, fresh writing means showing the reader the world of the novel through the fresh and unique eyes of each character. I will teach you how to get inside the minds of your characters by using “power words,” “scene-themed words,” but more especially “character-driven words.”

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Feb, 2022: Make 'em Laugh - How to Write a Comedy Screenplay

So, you have an idea for a comedy screenplay? Are you in the middle of one? Have you completed several? Make ‘em Laugh is a class for both experienced and beginning writers. If you’d like to learn about nuances of feature-length comedy films and apply them to your own funny ideas, then you’ve found the right place. We’d love to have you join us.

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Feb, 2022: Make Endings Pop Deep Editing Style

Make Endings Pop! Deep Editing Style

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Feb, 2022: The Eight Crafts of Writing

What you will learn if you take this course:

  • The eight writing crafts (the map): Big Idea, Genre, Narrative, Story Outline, Characterization, World Building, Scene & Chapter Structure, and Prose
  • How to engagers readers with the eight crafts
  • A fresh definition of story that keeps your writing focused
  • How to use the psychology of storytelling to write immersive stories
  • The adversity cycle and how to use it to streamline your story outline
  • How to author stories before writing them
  • How to differentiate between protagonistic and antagonistic genres, story outlines, and scenes and why that matters
  • A new way of dealing with the shapeshifting writer’s block
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Feb, 2022: The Future of Storytelling

The Future of Novel Writing! Stay ahead of the curve. Join Kathleen Baldwin for a frank discussion about the changing literary marketplace. Streaming video is radically changing storytelling. Even old people are turning to video streaming. How will it impact what they want to read? How does it change what you should be writing and why? Let’s talk about the extraordinary influence of Asian plotting and the way it is changing Western storytelling and your readers’ expectation. Bring in titles of some of your favorite streaming video series. How do you think videos and anime have changed/and are changing younger readers? What kind of stories will be popular with the next generation?

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Feb, 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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March, 2022: 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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March, 2022: Empowering Characters' Emotions

Want to add a psychological punch to your writing and editing? Want to learn how to capture the full range of body language on the page? Want to turn your work into a page-turner by powering up emotion and hooking the reader viscerally? Look forward to learning:

  • The EDITS System
  • Basic, complex, empowered, and super empowered passages
  • Backstory management
  • Kinesics, Haptics, Proxemics, Facial expressions, Paralanguage
  • Proprioceptive stimuli, Involuntary physical responses
  • In-trancing the Reader
  • Projecting Emotion for a Non-POV character
  • Carrying a Nonverbal Image Forward
  • Objective Constructs
  • Empowering Characters’ Emotions Checklist
  • And More
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March, 2022: Fairies: The Old Gods

Fairies: The Old Gods

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March, 2022: How to Speak Legalese: Understanding 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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