Margie Lawson

Changing your Writing World

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How to Write a Novel in Evernote

Can you write on a train? On a beach? On a plane? Paper notes get lost too easily. Hard drives crash. Modern writing software is the answer, but software can be complicated and force you to work its way. Enter Evernote: free, online note-taking software that stores your writing safely in the cloud. Evernote can […]

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Revision Bootcamp

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. . . […]

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Your First 5 Pages: Reader Glue

We all know what it’s like to pick up a book and be sucked into the fictional world. You sense that you can trust the author and suspend disbelief to go on a journey. But how do your favorite authors do that? In this class you will have lessons and homework. You will get input […]

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Submissions that Sell

Your writing is amazing. You’ve edited your manuscript until the reflection alone will blind. Congratulations! But without an equally shiny submission, those agents/editors will never know about you, and that you could have been their next great author. This course will teach you what you need to know to make a professional submission that will […]

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30 Days to a Stronger Novel

“CHANGE IS SUCH HARD WORK…” BILLY CRYSTAL Change is hard work. But that’s what it takes if you’re trying to land an agent or a contract and all you get is rejections. 30 Days to a Stronger Novel is for all frustrated writers who have spent their hard earned money on books and conferences only […]

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Powering Up Body Language in Real Life

Projecting a Professional Persona When Pitching and Presenting When you think about pitching or presenting, does your anxiety spike?  Do you have a gut-grabbing, heart-ratcheting, vision-clouding visceral reaction?  If so, this lecture packet is for you. Writers pitch to agents, pitch to editors, introduce guest speakers.  They participate on panels, present workshops, give book signings.  […]

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Writing Body Language and Dialogue Cues

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 […]

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Digging Deep into the Deep EDITS System

Prerequisites: Empowering Characters’ Emotions Deep Editing:  The EDITS System, Rhetorical Devices, and More To meet the prerequisites, ECE and Deep Editing may have been taken as on-line courses, or as independent study with Lecture Packets. Lesson Plan: Part 1:  Digging Deep into the EDITS System Part 1 —  Addresses The Big Picture and the Nuances […]

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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. Participants will: Learn the EDITS System and take it deeper. See the interplay of patterns on the page and analyze what’s needed to strengthen […]

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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 […]

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Plotting with Paper Bags

Stuck on your plot? Trying to figure out unique twists for your story? This fun, interactive class, using three paper bags, gives you all kinds of ideas to apply to your work. Learn how to interchange setting, character and plot events to create a truly unique story! Teacher Schedule Reviews Submit a Review Tags Level […]

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Kidlit

“You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children.” ~Madeleine L’Engle There’s a lot of information—and even more misinformation—about writing books for kids floating around online. This course is designed for aspiring middle grade and young adult […]

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Premise to Plot

You have an idea for a novel. Now what? For some authors, the next step is opening a blank document and pounding out the first draft. But others are looking for a little more structure before they dive in. In this highly interactive workshop, we’ll explore various plotting and outlining methods and discuss how to […]

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Blood, Sweat, and Tears

Blood, Sweat, and Tears – Writing Realistic Scenes from the Front Seat of an Ambulance Terms, slang, assorted bullshit. EMS titles, education, and scope of practice (around the world). What’s in an Ambulance? Tools of the trade. Police, firemen, and EMS mingle + who transports the body? What does a real ___________ look like? Car […]

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Mind Map

Mind-mapping: Using the Way We Think to Create Story Are you a pantster or a plotter? Or some combination of both ends of the spectrum? Most of us fall somewhere in the middle but, regardless, mind-mapping can launch your planning abilities into the stratosphere! A mind map is a simple tool that utilizes the way […]

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Virtues, Vices, and Plots!

Characters are like people. Each of us has "good" traits, like courage and resilience and intelligence, but we also have traits that get us into trouble like foolhardiness, stubbornness, and too smart for our own good. Same with our characters. We create strong traits, on both sides of the spectrum, and watch as our characters […]

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Memoir - For Your Children's Children

Ever thought about writing your OWN story? Memoirs and autobiographies are the perfect way to connect with your family, to tell your story your way, and to create a lasting memory of who you are. In this class, we’ll: Explore the difference between an autobiography and a memoir Use themes to discover and organize memories […]

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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!!   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 […]

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Lights! Camera! Tension!

Tension belongs: In every book In every scene On every page Without it, who cares?  The whole story falls flat.  In this class, 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 […]

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