Margie Lawson

Changing your Writing World

Tag: Craft

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 […]

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Where Do I Begin?

Once upon a time…. Beginning a book is often fraught with a series of questions and decisions. How do you know if you have enough of an idea for a […]

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Conflict: It's Not an Argument

Are you struggling to increase the conflict and tension in your scenes? Is your book feeling flat, or editors and readers are saying there isn’t enough conflict? This interactive workshop […]

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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 […]

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Intensive on Scene and Sequel

Scenes are the building blocks of your book, and sequels are the glue that bring those scenes together. The trouble is knowing how to create an effective sequel that keeps […]

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Intensive on Dialogue

Want your book to be more powerful? Do you want your characters to do more than just talk on the page? Join multi-published, best-selling author Shirley Jump for an interactive […]

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Intensive on Point of View

This hands-on class helps writers understand how POV works, from the basics of knowing which POV you are in, to the more in-depth technique of using POV to build stronger […]

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Intensive on Revision

A mini-version of the longer month-long Revision class. Online only class that offers hands-on help revising a manuscript. We will work on chunks at a time, with feedback and critiquing […]

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Two-Week Intensive on Show, Not Tell!

How many times have you heard this…and not quite known how to do it? Or gotten this comment back in a critique? This most basic of writing concepts can also […]

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Intensive on Fixing your Plot

This class covers the basics of Goal, Motivation, and Conflict, but also helps you develop a powerful plot that creates a strong, memorable novel. Participants will take an idea, or […]

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The Rule of Six at Work

Capitalize on this technique marketing gurus have used for years to find the "thought not thought of yet" and avoid duplicating a plot line, character quirk or other idea already […]

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Reach for the Kleenexes

Increasing the emotion in a novel is about a lot more than just adding a character death or a shocking family secret. Writers need to first create compelling characters who […]

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Mastering POV

This hands-on class helps writers understand how POV works, which POV to use based on the book, characters, and their author goals, and how to take a blah POV and […]

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Deep Revision

A one-month online only class that offers hands-on help revising a manuscript. We will work on chunks at a time, with feedback and critiquing from New York Times bestselling author […]

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The Novel Brainmap

Editors love books that are character driven and have layered plots. Learn how to create novels with plots created by the characters themselves, using Shirley Jump’s Brainmap Technique, giving a […]

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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 […]

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Mind-Map

Course description coming soon... Teacher Schedule Reviews Submit a Review Tags Level Advanced | All Levels | Beginner | Intermediate Topic Craft Duration month Teacher Sarah Hamer

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Battling the Basics

A mechanic doesn’t pop the hood for the first time and immediately know what’s wrong with the car.  A pilot doesn’t slide into the cockpit without logging the required hours […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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