Margie Lawson

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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: Intro to Screenwriting

Do you have an idea for the next big movie, but you don't know where to start?

Are you an author of a book that you'd like to turn into a movie?

If you're interested in learning the art of how to write a screenplay, you're in the right place.

Wally and Betty will be teaching what they wish someone had told them before they ever sat down to write their first screenplays.

 

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Feb, 2021: Mind-Map

Course description coming soon...

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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 Psychology of Black characters (modern version)

Having taught at HBCU schools for most of my academic career, I’ve structured this course as a sampling of what is usually taught to students over two semesters. The development of the internal mindset for more than 30 million people is far from cohesive, and varies, but this class can be viewed as a starting point.

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Feb, 2021: Law and Order Regency Style

As a historical fiction author, I have researched for years on legal issues my characters have encountered in their stories. In talking to readers of historical fiction, particularly regency romance, I’ve learned that many people have questions about some of the issues addressed in novels, as well as misunderstandings about inheritance and marriage laws (yes, women could inherit property, but they seldom did). But despite all my research, I’ve never been able to find a comprehensive treatment of the legal structure of certain historical periods, so I decided to create one, starting with the Regency era.

This class 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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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: 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: 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, 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: 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: 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: Writing Steampunk from Aether to Zeppelin

Are you still trying to figure out Steampunk?  Do you have an idea for a Steampunk story but aren't sure what to start?  Are you in the middle of a Steampunk manuscript and need a little help?

Whether you just want to learn what all the buzz is about or have specific spots you need to work on, "Writing Steampunk from Aether to Zeppelin" can help.

Grab your brass goggles and parasols join us while we learn about Steampunk and the mechanics of a Steampunk story.

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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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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: 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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Lawson Writer's Academy has the classes you need to take your writing career to the next level!
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