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.
Lineage, Legacy, and Blood Relations
A Nine-Week Online Class
September 11 – November 12, 2017
You come into the world with a family story. This emotional, physical, and spiritual inheritance forms the earliest roots of who you become, a legacy that’s always complex and sometimes traumatic. In the process of writing memoir — or doing personal writing for self-inquiry — you are bound to come up against untold stories that challenge your creation myths and leave you confused — if not downright stymied — about the true stories within your own memoir, and how you remember the times of your life.
That’s why I created this nine-week, interactive, online course Origins: Lineage, Legacy, and Blood Relations. As a writer of personal narrative, you can not escape your heritage any more than an apple can avoid the tree. Nor can you hope to tell an authentic story without acknowledging your family legacy and how it has helped to shape your journey. But how much of this private information should you reveal? When does your artistic integrity mean a loved one’s embarrassment, ire, or worse? Is it better to sacrifice your truth to compassion, or is that the road to mediocre storytelling? Or does wisdom lie somewhere in the middle? Finally, how can you use these family insights to untangle the riddle of your own psyche, which is part and parcel of memoir writing?
These are the questions we’ll be exploring in this provocative class, which will equip you to explore your personal origins in a truthful, even transformative, way. These nine lessons will sharpen your narrative lens, deepen your courage as a storyteller, and provide you with the following tools as a memoir writer:
- Insight into your personal creation myth, the where you believe you’ve come from
- Clearer perspective on family constellations, the primal relationships in your life
- Experience in exploring family shadows, including legacies of shame, violence, abuse, and neglect
- Access to the mythic dimension of your origins, the perennial stories that you have lived out with signal figures, whether relatives or not
- Skill in remembering details, quirks, and dialogue, which give memoirs their texture and depth
Practice in taking the witness seat to your personal drama, in order to write about it with maximum candor
- Courage to tell the “untold story,” and move away from the authorized public version
- Conviction regarding your “angle of vision,” your unique, subjective, emotional take on the family story and how it has affected your journey
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 will help you deepen your storytelling and connect the dots of emotional truth.
Watch a video invitation from Mark
Online Class Fee: $535
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