Margie Lawson

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Writing Body Language and Dialogue Cues

Check out this cool video for my body language and dialogue cues class!Learn how to add fresh power to your WIP.Class starts January 6th. Register now. Don't miss out!

Posted by Margie Lawson on Wednesday, January 1, 2020

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 . . .

Each teaching point will be illustrated with examples from bestselling authors, their excerpts dissected and analyzed.

Bonus Lecture from a Police Detective:  Body Language in the Police and Criminal Worlds — Interrogations, Spotting Criminals, Hostage Negotiations


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Margie Lawson—psychotherapist, writer, and international presenter – developed psychologically-based editing systems and deep editing techniques used by new writers to multi-award winning authors. She teaches writers how to add psychological power to create page turners.

Margie taught psychology and communication courses at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels. Her resume includes adjunct professor, clinical trainer, facilitator of trauma response sessions, and director of a counseling center.

In the last six years Margie presented over sixty full day Master Classes for writers. She taught her psychologically-anchored deep editing to over five thousand writers across the U.S., Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.

Writers who have studied her material credit her innovative editing approaches with taking their writing several levels higher—to publication, awards, and bestseller lists.

To learn about Margie’s 3-day Immersion Master Classes, full day Master Class presentations, on-line course schedule, Lecture Packets, and newsletter, visit:

Margie has asked two fabulous teachers to help by teaching this class for her. Check the schedule to see who will be teaching each session.

suzanne purvis

Suzanne Purvis is a transplanted Canadian living in the Deep South, where she traded “eh” for “y’all.” An author of long, short, and flash fiction for both children and adults, she has won several awards including those sponsored by the University of Toronto, RWA, Bethlehem Writer’s Roundtable, and Women Who Write. You can find her work in print anthologies, magazines, ezines, and ebooks.

Visit her at , www.suzannepurvis.blogspot.comFacebook, Amazon Author’s Central.

Becky Rawnsley

Becky Rawnsley is a physical therapist from the UK. She started writing as a hobby some twenty years ago, but realized if she was ever going to get off the slush-pile and onto the shelves, she needed help. Hunting for answers, she stumbled across Margie’s website and struck writing-gold.

Becky is now a multi-Margie, multi-LWA and Immersion grad, and has discovered a passion for deepening her understanding of writing craft. Her work now regularly finals in contests. She is keen to share the magic of Margie’s Big Three courses to help fellow writers bring their work to the next level—and beyond!



Dynamic Duo

5.0 rating
July 6, 2020

Suzanne Purvis teaching Margie’s lectures = one dynamic duo.
Margie's lectures inspired me to write fresh, emotionally impactful words. The techniques are easy to absorb and use. My writing has improved significantly, and I now read novels with greater ability to discern what the writer does that works.
This was the second class I've taken from Suzanne. She is encouraging, responds quickly to homework posts, is always willing to answer additional questions, and uses her feedback to every exercise as a teaching opportunity. I learned from her responses to other student’s homework as well as my own. I will definitely take Margie’s next core classes taught by Suzanne.
I’m grateful for Suzanne and Margie.


Want to Transform Your Written Gestures, Facial Expressions, and Dialogue Cues Into Something Fresh, Memorable, Unforgettable?

5.0 rating
July 4, 2020

I highly recommend The Writing Body Language and Dialogue Cues class taught by Suzanne Purvis.
The class focuses on writing better gestures, facial expressions, and what Margie calls dialogue cues. What Suzanne teaches and shows helps transform your writing. From the mundane and everyday into writing that pops. That's fresh, that's memorable, that's unforgettable.
I found every class assignment and Suzanne's comments, recommendations and suggestions invaluable. You may too.
Prior to taking this class, I was stuck revising fresh every page and chapter. I was blind to which words or sentences I should revisit and revise.
What was missing in this process is what I learned in class. What you shall learn too.
One assignment has you search through your work in progress (WIP) to find facial expressions (smile, smirk, scowl, etc...). Until I did this assignment, I was unaware of how many facial expressions I had or how many might benefit to revise fresh.
An example of this is the word scowl.
My sentence was: Pursing his lips, he scowls.
- Ooh, exciting, right? Gets you to keep reading, right? No.
So I revised the sentence to read His lips curdle, his sour scowl deepens.
- Ah, Now what's read evokes an image in the reader's mind they can see and follow.
Another assignment has you search for the words lips and mouth.
Here's what I wrote in my draft:
I chew the cookie in my mouth. "So the charity raises millions of dollars for a worthy cause, and some guys come along because they don't want to share Paganini's music with the world?" I say, and cover my mouth.
Wickhamby breathes in deep. He exhales slow and long. "Do either of you believe in magic?"
Here's the revision:
I chew and swallow the remaining bits of cookie in my mouth. "So the charity raises millions of dollars for a worthy cause, and Sinti's guys come along with guns because he doesn't want to share Paganini's music with the world?" I cover my mouth to keep a burp and cookie crumbs from breaking free. I fail. Out blasts an ungodly-uber-ogre belch cookie monster would be proud of, plus the crumbs, I rapid-fire wipe off my t-shirt and jeans.
Wickhamby breathes in deep. He exhales slow and long. "Do either of you believe in magic?"

Joe Zarek

Transformative Class

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July 3, 2020

The Writing Body Language and Dialogue Cues class has forever changed the way I approach writing dialogue. The multitude of examples of powerful writing Margie provided reinforced the concept over and over. Suzanne's insightful editing and critique style provides a safe place to grow as a writer.

Lisa Black

Like being given the key to a room filled with writing treasures

5.0 rating
July 2, 2020

I was thrilled by how much I learned in the Body Language & Dialogue Cues class, taught by instructor Suzanne Purvis. I had been searching for a way to study and analyze best-selling-author fiction techniques, to incorporate them in my own writing. How exciting to discover Margie Lawson could teach them to me! As an instructor, Suzanne was positive and encouraging, offering quick and valuable feedback to all assigned lessons. She also offered tips on how to take your newly stellar prose and make it even better. I thoroughly recommend this course. It’s as if someone has handed me the key to a locked room filled with the writing tools I had been seeking!

Maggie FitzRoy

Dialogue Cues are My New Super Power

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July 2, 2020

"Writing Body Language and Dialogue Cues" is my second class at the Margie Lawson Academy. I have previously taken the course on "Deep Editing and Rhetorical Devices". My teacher was Suzanne Purvis, for both classes and she is an amazing instructor and mentor.
My biggest takeaway from this course was that turning a dialogue tag into a dialogue cue can amplifying your message and really make dialogue jump off the page.
I no longer just write WHAT my characters are saying, I also try to add HOW they're saying it. This has helped my dialogue a lot and given me lots of new ways to tell the reader about my characters.
Suzanne was wonderful with her prompt and helpful feedback. Her line edits were always right on target and helped me better apply Margie's lessons to my own work. I really learned a lot from Suzanne's critiques of my work and that of the other class members.
I will definitely take another of Margie's classes with Suzanne Purvis in the future.

Robin Wiesneth

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