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08:03 am: Margie Lawson's Empowering Character's Emotions Class

I talked a friend into taking Margie Lawson's online writing class on Empowering Character's Emotions. 

Then, I thought, heck, why don't I take it, too!

So, I'm taking it again. Figure I can't learn too much about this subject.

Anyone else interested? Come join us? (Deadline to sign up is tomorrow, Saturday February 27th.)


Margie Lawson is a trained psychotherapist who is also a writer. She brings to writing her knowledge of how people use body language to express what they are thinking. This makes her insights in this area very interesting. Also, her analysis of certain parts of writing are fascinating. (True, she's a bit too much in the sleek thriller camp (the Heming Ways ;-) for my taste, but so much of what she says is useful, that I forgive her for striking an adverb occasionally.)

AMMENDED TO ADD: It's only $30, which is pretty good for an online writing class. The last one I took with her was more.

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From:facetiae
Date:February 26th, 2010 02:43 pm (UTC)
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does this class involve submitting things you've already written, or doing exercises for the class, or something else/similar?
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From:arhyalon
Date:February 26th, 2010 02:49 pm (UTC)
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So far as I know from the other one I took...it's quite simple. She send out the lecture. You read it and there are assignments. Mainly, if I recall, they are things like "take a page you have written and do this" (The "do this' was often something like "take a highlighter and mark in X color every type you use Y." or "Rewrite a sentance where your character shows X emotion." -- not hard, but interesting.

You didn't need to have a lot written, but if you had on hand something the length of a chapter or short story would probably help.

Occasionally, we were encouraged to share what we had submitted. For some assignments, we had partners we swapped with.

But the main emphasis was on doing it and learning yourself.

It's not a writing class in the sense of "write a story and submit." It's more about editing and improving existing works...though I suppose you could write something on the spot for the exercises.


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From:arhyalon
Date:February 26th, 2010 02:50 pm (UTC)
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I should mention it's only $30...which is pretty good. You can buy the lectures by themselves for $20, so $10 for personal responses and others to talk to about it is not a bad deal.

You can also just buy the lectures. I happen to already have this one. I bought it and did it myself. I just thought I might learn more if I went over them again with guidence.
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From:facetiae
Date:February 26th, 2010 04:03 pm (UTC)
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yeah, $30 is pretty good. I was just wondering about how much editing of stuff you already have is involved, because I don't have much on-hand at the moment. haven't been writing. but the class sounds very intriguing! thanks for the refer.
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From:arhyalon
Date:February 26th, 2010 04:12 pm (UTC)
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Since it's all self-motivated,it's up to you. I think one would learn a lot, even if you didn't have much to work with.

I think I used a chapter last time, which was about 10 pages or less.
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From:jmward14
Date:February 26th, 2010 04:46 pm (UTC)
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Thanks for the reminder {{{{arhyalon}}}}. Another friend recc'd EDITS, and I'd been planning to register, but it slipped through the cracks. I'm signed up now, though.
Of course, this means I'll be working two classes this month. Yes, I am insane. Must be all that snow. LOL
Hugs and smiles,
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From:arhyalon
Date:February 26th, 2010 04:56 pm (UTC)
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Coolation!

This is going to be so much fun! I really enjoyed her last class.
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