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May 3 – Margie Larson
Deep Editing Power and Scene Analysis with the EDITS System


Click here to register to join us at the workshop that
starts at 9am and ends at 4pm

In this power-packed, high energy full day master class, participants will learn how to deep edit for psychological power, how to analyze their scenes, how to write a page-turner.

Workshop participants are requested to bring five highlighters (BlueYellowGreenPink, and Orange),red pen, and five chapters of their WIP—double-spaced, printed, in a binder.


Part 1:
The EDITS System: The Ultimate Fix-Your-Scene Power Tool

The EDITS System is a tool created for writers to analyze scene components. It’s a power tool. It’s the ultimate fix-your-scene power tool. It shows writers what’s working, what’s not working, what’s missing. Writers learn how to take a scene from the POV character’s head, to the reader’s heart.

When writers use this five highlighter system, patterns emerge for each scene. The EDITS System helps writers find a compelling balance of emotion, dialogue, internalizations, tension, conflict, setting, description, action, senses, body language, dialogue cues, and more, that works for their specific scene. The read is enhanced, and the writer’s voice remains intact. Using the EDITS System can contribute to making your book a page-turner.

If you are so right-brained the thought of using highlighters, and a system, gives you hives, trust me. Learn the EDITS System. Lock it in your brain. You’ll have an overlay of the colors in your mind and edit to the system while you write. Save the highlighters and red pen for those don’t-know-why-it’s-not-working scenes. Grab the highlighters, you’ll see why, and you’ll know what to do to make it strong.

Part 2:
Deep Editing Techniques

We’ll dig deep into these deep editing techniques: emotional hits, power words, linear loading, back-loading, objective constructs, white space, scene-themed, character-themed, and emotion-themed words, back story management, Four Levels of Powering Up Emotion, and rhythm and cadence and beats.

Part 3:
Top 15 Rhetorical Devices for Fiction Writers

Learn 15 rhetorical devices—and why, how, and when to use them to add the most power to your scenes. Learn which rhetorical devices compress time and expand time. Learn how to use some rhetorical devices to slip multiple hits of back story into one eloquent sentence. Learn which rhetorical devices are frequently used by some NYT bestselling authors to empower their openings and turning points.


Margie Lawson—psychotherapist, editor, and international presenter – developed psychologically-based editing systems and deep editing techniques used by new writers to multi-award winning authors.

In the last nine years Margie presented over eighty full day Master Classes to writers across the U.S., Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. Writers credit her innovative deep editing techniques with taking their writing several levels higher—to publication, awards, and bestseller lists.

To learn about online courses through Lawson Writer’s Academy, Margie’s 4-day Immersion Master Classes (in Denver, Atlanta, St. Louis, Dallas, San Antonio, and Whidbey Island), full day workshops, keynote speeches, Lecture Packets, and newsletter, please visit

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