Margie Lawson

Changing your Writing World

Tag: Craft

Emotional Connections: Character Names and Psychologically Empowered Backstory - a Two Week Intensive

Kendrick Lamar said, "If I'm gonna tell a real story, I'm gonna start with a name."  Twenty-first century audiences demand deep, emotional connections with characters. Authors have learned how to […]

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It's a Wonderful Writer's Life

Celebrate your writing passion this December with a month-long low-stress class designed to: inspire a daily writing habit recharge your writing spirit bring a sense of play into your writing […]

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World Genesis: World Building 101

Whether your manuscript is Sci-Fi, Urban Fantasy, High Fantasy, Steampunk, a mash-up, or something in-between, worldbuilding is a key element to a successful and immersive story. In this four-week course […]

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Difficult Discussions: Ways to Approach Diversity on the Page

Writers have the capacity to create the type of world we want to live in.  Sometimes, this requires a bravery and vulnerability that feels incredibly uncomfortable.  How can an author […]

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Power Up Your Setting

We develop our plots, gotten to know our characters, filled our story with goals,  obstacles, conflicts, stakes, and everything feels wonderfulmous BUT No matter how much you love your story, […]

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Create Page-Turning Tension

How to hook and retain readers by exploiting uncertainty Have you been told your character isn’t engaging or that ‘special something’ is missing from your story? The Create Page-Turning Tension […]

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Write Backstory With Confidence

How to weave the past in without information dump telling Does your character or location have a fascinating history, but you’re unsure of the best way to express it?  The Write […]

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Master Emotive Storytelling

How to combine showing action with effective telling The Master Emotive Storytelling workshop is for fiction writers who want to decipher the contradictions in the old ‘show don’t tell’ mantra […]

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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, […]

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Critique Groups: Pods of Destruction or Allies for Success

A critique group can make or break your writing. And here's the rub--your group might not even realize the damage they are inflicting. Bestselling author Kathleen Baldwin will give you the tools you need to […]

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Building from the Ground Up: Character Development & Story Structure

This course will save you at least five years of struggling in your writing career. Whether you’re a fan thinking about taking up the pen for the first time, or […]

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Staking the Stakes

Who cares about your story? You’ve put your heart, soul and every drop of blood into your characters, and the story they have to tell. You’ve created a compelling plot […]

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Love your Voice

Want to immerse your readers in your story from page one to the end? Want readers eager to read your next book and the next and the next? That’s Voice! […]

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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. […]

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Deep Editing to Make your Openings Pop

This class is about openings. All your openings, not just the first opening in your book. The opening of your first chapter needs to carry powerful content, and powerful structure […]

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Can We Talk? Dialogue the Write Way

How to Write Dialogue with a Psychological Punch A proven way to improve any manuscript.  Learn how to craft dialogue that carries power! What You'll Learn Dialogue Challenge Check your […]

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Killing It with Conflict - Intensive

Conflict. Conflict. Conflict. Conflict, conflict, conflict builds tension.  We've heard the tension-refrain at conferences, in workshops and in books. We know we must have tension. Tension on every page. So, […]

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Killing It with Conflict

Conflict. Conflict. Conflict. Conflict, conflict, conflict builds tension.  We’ve heard the tension-refrain at conferences, in workshops and in books. We know we must have tension. Tension on every page. So, […]

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Upping the Emotion 2-Week Intensive

Laugh and cry—or make your characters do it during this two-week intensive class on Upping Emotion. Learn how details can make a big difference between a scene that falls flat […]

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Fab 30 - Advanced Deep Editing, A Master Class

Three Prerequisites, Online Courses or Lecture Packets: Empowering Characters' Emotions Deep Editing: The EDITS System, Rhetorical Devices, and More Writing Body Language and Dialogue Cues Like a Psychologist Fab 30: […]

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