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Aug, 2023: Battling the Basics: The Essentials of Writing

Writing is work. You’ve heard the saying, “You have to learn the rules to break them.” Cliché or not, good writers understand the basics. They know how to write tight. They know how to write strong. They know how to write compelling, powerful stories.

In Battling the Basics: The Essentials of Writing, dig deep into realistic and driven dialogue.  Discover the impact of a clearly written setting. Explore character, conflict, and story arc. Learn how to use plot, placing, and tension to propel your story forward.

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Aug, 2023: Biz Smarts for Writers

Are you running your writing like a business? 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. And that would be a good thing. Biz Smarts for Writers will talk about smart, doable, workable items.

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Aug, 2023: How to Write Believable Alternate History Fiction

Alternate histories challenge and inspire us to think about what might have been instead of what actually was. The problem with writing alternate history is making it “believable”. Even in the realm of imagination, characters, plots, and events should follow real historical patterns.

Come join historian Hugh Gordon as he shows you how to weave history and imagination together. What would happen if Hitler never came to power, or if the Roman Empire lasted to the present day? Learn about writing alternate histories that are believable, exciting, and imaginative.

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Aug, 2023: Intro to Screenwriting

Do you have an idea for the next big movie, but you don't know where to start? If you're interested in learning the art of how to write a screenplay, you're in the right place. Wally and Betty will teach YOU what they wish someone had taught them before they ever sat down to write their first screenplays!

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Aug, 2023: Law and Order Regency Style

Law and Order Regency Style is designed to answer many of the questions you may have had either reading historical works or writing your own historical fiction. We’ll explore some of the common legal issues of the day, and provide resources for finding more information.

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Aug, 2023: Your First Five Pages, Reader Glue

In Your First Five Pages, Reader Glue, you get input from the instructor; you will walk away with a solid, compelling, well-polished start to your novel.

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July, 2023: 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.

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July, 2023: Fairies: The Old Gods

In many lands people believe it's not wise to go about your business in a manner which offends them--they are touchy. Dead scary in fact. J.K. Rowling introduced her readers to bogles, ashwinders, chimaeras, and, of course, elves.  Tricky folk. In Fairies: The Old Gods, you will have information about kelpies, selkies, the washer woman of the ford and many other supernatural entities.

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July, 2023: Lights! Camera! TENSION!

In Lights! Camera! TENSION! we’ll drill deep to find exactly what creates tension in a scene or a character and we’ll learn dozens of ways to make sure you’ll use Margie’s orange highlighter at all the right moments.

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July, 2023: The Eight Crafts of Writing

Do you want a structured overview of the writing craft(s)? Are you interested in learning the psychology of storytelling? What about getting a storytelling edge by learning the secrets of reader engagement? In this Master Course, learn the eight crafts of writing (the map): Big Idea, Genre, Narrative, Story Outline, Characterization, World Building, Scene & Chapter Structure, and Prose.

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July, 2023: Two Week Intensive on Stacking the Stakes

In this two-week intensive, we’ll discover ways to get your readers caring about your characters, your story and every single page until the very end.   Full of easy-to-read lectures, hands-on assignments, and plenty of opportunities for class and instructor interaction, Stack the Stakes will take a languishing story from plodding to powerful.

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July, 2023: Writing Action Scenes

Do you want to kick your book’s impact into high gear by writing action scenes? Grab your reader’s attention and never let it go? Create a pace for your story that thrills your reader to the end and has them one-clicking the next book? Create great action scenes!

This month long course, applicable to writers at any stage in their career, will focus on how to create action scenes that fit with your story and voice.

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June 2023 In-Person ADVANCED Immersion Master Class

Loved Immersion and want even more power? This advanced version is more of everything Margie teaches for those who have already mastered the basics.

June 18 - 23, at Margie’s Home

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June, 2023: 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 . . .
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June, 2023: Creating a Constellation of Characters

Lackluster, one-size-fits-all characters aren’t enough to keep readers turning those pages and anticipating future books. You need a well-rounded cast of complex, riveting characters to inhabit your story—a constellation of supporting characters to showcase the protagonist Star.

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June, 2023: Creating Anthologies

Anthologies are the "hot" item lately, giving authors a chance to collaborate and create amazing themed books. The writing side is usually pretty easy for an author, but what about all the details? A partnership can be a real problem if the business side isn't addressed.

This class, taught by an author/editor who has published numerous anthologies and collections, will go into the nitty-gritty of the "back side" of publishing anthologies,

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