Margie Lawson

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Feb, 2021: Intro to Screenwriting

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Feb, 2021: 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.

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Feb, 2021: Law and Order Regency Style

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Feb, 2021: Magic & Witchcraft

This course is a history of European magic and witchcraft including beliefs from Greece, Rome, Scandinavia and Scotland.

Research projects will be offered as well as a substantial bibliography. Discussion will be encouraged and comments welcomed.

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Feb, 2021: Mind-Map

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Feb, 2021: 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?
  • What is Transmedia? How can writers take advantage of this exciting development in the market and increase their visibility to readers?
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Feb, 2021: 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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Feb, 2021: 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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Jan-Feb, 2021: The 8-week Author

If you’ve always dreamed of writing a book, stuck in the middle of the one you are working on, or looking for some structure and support for your current novel, this class is for you. Designed to take you from idea to finished book, The 8-Week Author will cover all major components of a book, including:

  • Goal, Motivation and Conflict—the beginning building blocks of compelling plots
  • Internal Character Development—create memorable characters that readers love
  • Scene and Sequel—use this technique to create hooks, twists, and rising stakes
  • Backstory and Pacing—keep your plot moving, which keeps readers turning the pages
  • Point of View—how to write it, chose the write point of view for a scene, and maximize its power
  • Show, Not Tell—knowing when and how to show vs. tell, and how to use both effectively in narrative and dialogue.
  • Revising and Tightening—how to take the raw manuscript and make it more powerful and more memorable

The goal of this class is to help authors, regardless of their experience level, to build a strong, compelling novel from start to finish. You’ll learn new techniques and tricks for getting the most out of every page, while also honing your skills in plotting and character development.

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Jan, 2021: Advanced Craft

You know the feeling – when you start a book and immediately suspend disbelief to fall into the story world. As authors, we know that this isn’t easy to do. It takes more than a good scene. It takes a maestro of craft to pull it off.

This is a writing master class. If you’re past problems with POV, character development and stage direction, this class will help you understand the subtle nuances that can be the difference between a ‘good writer’ and a popular author.

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Jan, 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!! 

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Jan, 2021: 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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Jan, 2021: Diving Deep into Developmental Edits

This two-month course is packed full of tips, ideas, and learning opportunities not only aimed at helping writers make their current work in progress shine, but also teaching writers how to make future novels stronger.

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Jan, 2021: Love Your Voice

Julie Rowe, author of more than twenty contemporary romance and military thriller titles will provide a writing master class of information, insight, and writing exercises designed to showcase your voice. Julie will also work one on one with you on the first 50 pages of your Work In Progress.

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Jan, 2021: Not Your Mama's Character Descriptions

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Jan, 2021: Revision Boot Camp or Revision Retreat: You Decide

You’ve got that first draft done or almost done. Or maybe you’re on your 2nd, 3rd, or LAST revision and you’re working toward the finish line.

You’re ready for REVISION BOOTCAMP.

Sign up.

Get your marching orders.

Working with other recruits attack your revisions.

Or. . .

Maybe you’re looking for a REVISION RETREAT.

Sign up and escape.

Be inspired to increase your creativity and productivity.

Engage with other creative souls and watch your revision dreams soar.

You decide. Revision Boot Camp or Revision Retreat.

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