Designed for writers of all levels, Mark’s Online Classes explore themes that awaken creative potential, promote psychological insight, and deepen spiritual awareness. They are intended to help individuals explore their inner world from the privacy of their home, while being a part of by a like-minded community.
Through Mark’s guided lessons and weekly responses, students are guided on an in-depth journey of transformational writing and self-discovery.
“When you tell the truth, your story changes.
“When your story changes, your life is transformed.”
Whether you are writing for publication, personal awakening, or both, these intimate and thought-provoking classes provide a safe environment for growth and exploration. Students are encouraged to share their work with the class and join in the rich online dialogue. Participation in group dialogue is optional and anonymity is guaranteed.
Mark hosts one group teleconference during each six-week class (two for nine-week classes) that provide an opportunity for students to ask questions and discuss their work. These are scheduled once the class begins.
Awakening Genius: An Exploration of Creative Life
A Six-Week Online Class
July 10 – August 20, 2017
Each of us is born with a unique gift, an authentic voice waiting to be heard. Regardless of the work we do – artist or housewife, bus driver or entrepreneur – this creative power is our genius. When we learn to tap into this powerful source, and tell the truth about who we are, transformations begin to occur in our lives.
In ancient Rome, it was well understood that everyone had his or her own gift, a “genius,” or tutelary spirit whose sole purpose is to inspire our lives and guide us to our destiny. But we have largely forgotten this wisdom. Instead, we’re told that genius is miraculously rare, — think Leonardo da Vinci or Stephen Hawking — and based on bizarrely high IQs.
But genius has nothing to do with intelligence scores. It has more to do with desire, intention, passion, and focus. Genius emerges from nature herself speaking through your unique vehicle. It guides you forward in mysterious ways to realize your inborn potentials and offer them back to the world. But what are the gifts you have to offer? What is holding you back? Why do you fear your own originality? Or resist the genius you have been given because it’s not what you wanted it to be?
These are some of the questions we’ll be exploring in this popular course. In “Awakening Genius,” you will learn:
- How you block your personal genius
- Why you fear your own creativity
- What personal gifts you reject out of shame, disappointment, or confusion
- The importance of courage in a creative life
- What you desire that you don’t admit, and what you admit that you don’t desire
- Why focus and presence are essential to genius
- Where your creative edge is today
As Buckminster Fuller said, “Everyone is born a genius but the process of living de-geniuses them.” This course is designed to reverse that process and return us to our God given strengths. By laying claim to our own originality, we come into a new relationship with ourselves and the scope of our own possibilities.
Online Class Fee: $365*
*Early Registration Fee: $330
Register before June 26 and save!
Origins in Memoir Writing:
Lineage, Legacy, and Blood Relations
A Nine-Week Online Class
September 11 – November 12, 2017
One of the greatest challenges in memoir is knowing how to write about family. How much to reveal, how much to withhold? How much to risk, how much to preserve? Though driven by the desire to tell the truth, we may also be hesitant to include family secrets and display our unedited feelings about loved ones on the written page.
That’s why I created this nine-week online course, Origins in Memoir Writing: Lineage, Legacy, and Blood Relations. As writers of personal narrative, we cannot escape our heritage any more an apple forgets the tree. Nor can we hope to tell our true story without acknowledging our family inheritance. Since memory exists in the blood, we must ask ourselves, sooner or later, what lessons were instilled in us at birth? How has this legacy informed who we are and shaped our life journey? How can we use this information to untangle the very roots of our identity and deepen our writing as well as our insight? These are some of the questions you’ll be writing about in this deeply helpful, enlightening course.
Here are some of the topics you will write about:
- The creation myth(s) you have used to locate and define
- Ancestral voices that inform and affect you
- The wise child and what (s)he has forgotten
- Your attachment or resistance to remaining inside the circle of kin
- Secrets that you keep hidden in the shadows
- The ways in which different kinds of love has shaped your life
- The link between memory and imagination
- Delusions and misrepresentations connected to your creation myth(s)
- The connection between identity and personal meaning
Whether or not you’re writing memoir for publication or private purposes, uncovering the constellations in your personal universe, the inherited dynamics, expectations, prejudices, limitations, strengths and quirks of where you come from, is a mind opening, heart changing practice. For writers who do wish to publish, Origins in Memoir Writing will help you deepen your storytelling and connect the dots of emotional truth.
Online Class Fee: $535*
*Early Registration Fee: $485
Register before August 28 and save!
How the online classes work
In the week prior to the start of the class, you will receive an invitation to join the Google Group for the class where all assignments, individual work and Mark’s weekly comments will be posted. Using Google Groups allows the class to read, comment and support each other’s work in a positive and nurturing environment.
Each Monday, for the duration of the class, a new lesson will be posted to the Google Group. Students post their work to the Group by the following Saturday evening. Assignments should be no more than 1,000 words.
On Sunday, Mark responds to each student, commenting and giving notes on their writing and progress. Students are invited to correspond with Mark privately about their writing process or work they prefer to not to share with the Group.
Group teleconferences (one for six-week classes/ two for nine-week) are held during the session to provide an opportunity for students to ask questions and talk together about their work. These will be scheduled once the class begins.
“I just completed Mark’s online writing class and I’m feeling a deep sense of gratitude for being able to participate in such an incredible, enlightening, and healing experience. The meaningful assignments led to a wealth of self-discovery! With Mark’s in-depth, heartfelt, and insightful analysis of each student’s writing each week he pointed out exactly what we needed to focus on within ourselves to move forward on our path to awareness and achieving our highest potential. I’ve taken several of a Mark’s online classes and I can’t wait for the next class that I signed up for to start. My life has changed for the better due to the work I’ve done with Mark and his knowledge, integrity, and commitment to his students is beyond compare!”
“I recently finished an online writing course with Mark Matousek. After 30 years of seeking I found Mark to be someone who gently and consciously offers feedback, teaching, and healing that gave me permission to safely peer into my inner world. The way in which Mark responds to each piece of writing is powerful and served as an opportunity for me to awaken to all my stories and conditioning. In 6 weeks the insights and doors to deeper creative potential were wide open. I highly recommend working with Mark!”
~Lisa Marie, Entrepreneur, ERYT
“Mark Matousek is an insightful, compelling and incisive teacher…truthful, direct, compelling, open, and compassionate. He takes students on a provocative journey to places we need to go if we are to live and create from our deepest selves. His deeply spiritual center and his generosity of spirit combine to make his being, his writings and his teaching magical transformative experiences.”
~Marcia Lippman, p