February 18, 2024 Meeting — Making Silence BOOM!

Our February 18, 2024 monthly meeting will start at 1:00 P.M. with a workshop titled “Making Silence BOOM!” presented by Margie Lawson, which will be followed by our general business and social meeting. Not a NERW member but want to attend the workshop? Join NERW now and receive access to our monthly workshops, private email forum, and Facebook group!

Workshop Description: Silence happens—in real life and on the page. But sometimes when writers share silence on the page it’s blah-blah bland. Powerless. It’s stated, then the scene continues.

No power there. That’s a massive missed opportunity to add emotion!

In real life, what happens when a room goes silent?

Hellooo subtext.

Hellooo instinctive reactions and visceral responses.

Hellooo glances, gaze aversions, and loaded facial expressions.

Good start. But how you convey silence on the page needs to be fresh and powerful.

We’ll cover how silence can:

Strengthen emotion.
Elicit a visceral response.
Share relationship dynamics.
Add tension or release tension.
Create a chance to slip in backstory.
Add big-time power to pauses and hesitations.
Deepen the scene by sharing how it impacts the POV character.

Come on, join me! You’ll learn lots of ways to empower silence. You’ll also learn some deep editing gems that will make your writing bestseller strong!

Bio: Margie Lawson left a career in psychology to focus on another passion—helping writers make their writing bestseller strong. Using a psychologically based deep-editing approach, Margie teaches writers how to bring emotion to the page. Emotion equals power. Power grabs readers and holds onto them until the last page. Hundreds of Margie grads have gone on to win awards, find agents, sign with publishers, and hit bestseller lists.

A popular international presenter, Margie’s taught over 200 full day master classes in the U.S., Canada, France, Australia, and New Zealand, as well as multi-day intensives on cruise ships in the Caribbean. She’s taught over 220 5-day intensive Immersion Master Classes across the U.S. and Canada, and in France, Scotland, and seven cities in Australia too.

She also founded Lawson Writer’s Academy where you’ll find over 30 instructors teaching online courses through her website. And you’ll find lots of webinars on her website too. She developed 35 webinars that share her deep editing techniques and more! To sign up for Margie’s newsletter, visit www.margielawson.com.