The 2017 NEORWA



A One Day Novel Writing Seminar


Editor and International Presenter

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Margie Lawson

Registration to opens at 12:00 noon EST on June 1, 2017!

WHEN September 9, 2017

WHERE Strongsville Holiday Inn, 15471 Royalton Road, Strongsville, Ohio

(8 miles from Cleveland Hopkins airport)


The 2017 conference will be a one-day novel writing seminar aimed at writers in all phases of their career.

Editor and international presenter Margie Lawson will be presenting on an assortment of topics. More details are below!

Our annual basket raffle will include workshop registrations, critiques, & baskets brimming with books and goodies galore. Tickets are available at a pre-sale discount when you register and will be sold throughout the event.

In the event we reach maximum capacity in our event room, we reserve the right to close registration early.

You do not need to be a member of NEORWA or RWA to attend this event.

Registration will open at 12:00 noon EST on June 1, 2017.


Cost for the One -day event will be as follows:

For members of NEORWA, COFW, TRRW, and RWA members living in Ohio cost will be $85.

For all others cost will be $95.

The Holiday Inn provides us with a room block for those who will be traveling into town for this event and wish to stay overnight. Cost for rooms in the block is $99 (this does not include taxes and hotel fees).

The general registration period opens on June 1, 2017.


All events will be held in the Aspen Room at the Holiday Inn. Registration check-in on the day of the event will begin at 8:30am outside the Aspen Room.

The workshop starts at 9:00 am and will wrap up at 5:30pm.

A Continental breakfast will be served beginning at 8:30am. Guests may choose from Assorted Pastries, Breakfast Breads and Muffins; Whipped Butter, Jams and Jellies; Diced Seasonal Fruit Salad; Orange Juice, Coffee, Decaf, Assorted Teas, and Half and Half, or 2% Milk.

Lunch will be a “create your own” deli buffet consisting of a Fresh Garden Salad with Mixed Greens, Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Croutons and Assorted Dressings; Homemade Pasta Salad; Assorted Freshly Baked Breads; Sliced Roast Beef, Turkey and Ham; Cheddar, Swiss and Provolone Cheeses; Lettuce, Sliced Tomatoes, Red Onions and Dill Pickles; Mustard, Regular and Pesto Mayonnaise; and Assorted Freshly Baked Cookies.


A Deep Editing Guide to Make Your Openings Pop

This power-packed workshop teaches writers how to use deep editing to empower openings. Deep editing techniques that will be covered include power words, linear load, backloading, character-isms, scene-themed words, and cadence-driven rhetorical devices.  We will also address what the reader needs in the first few paragraphs and the two promises writers give readers on the first page. Examples of strong openings will be analyzed. Writers will have some time to add power to their openings.

Not your Mama’s Character Descriptions

Not Your Mama’s Character Descriptions provides writers with dozens of tools for making character descriptions fresh. We’ll cover styles of character descriptions, contrasting what was expected with what presents, themed character descriptions, deep editing techniques, and using description to show the POV character’s attitude toward a non-POV character. Learn how to use style, structure, and strategy to make your descriptions deepen character and carry more psychological power.

Top 20 Rhetorical Devices for Fiction Writers

Learn 20 rhetorical devices—why, how, and when to use them to add the most power to your scenes. Learn how to strengthen your writing with rhetorical device combos. 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.

Bestselling Writing: Style, Power, Success

This workshop will provide an overview of psychologically-based Deep Editing power tools. Tools that could boost your writing toward bestseller lists. Load your toolbox with deep editing tools including Margie’s Four Levels of Powering Up Emotion, power words, back-loading, emotional hits, back story management, character-speak and character-isms, as well as scene-themed, character-themed, and emotion-themed words.


Margie teaches writers how to use her psychologically-based editing systems and deep editing techniques to create page turners. She has presented over ninety full day master classes for writers in the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and on cruises in the Caribbean.

Writers credit her innovative deep editing approaches for their writing success: publication, awards, and bestseller lists.  

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