Origins in Memoir Writing: Lineage, Legacy, and Blood Relations
A Nine-Week Online Class
April 6 – June 7, 2015
Online Class Fee: $525
Each of us exists on a family tree, connected by blood and lineage to the first people who walked the earth. We cannot escape our heritage any more than an apple can deny the tree. If memory exists in the blood, what lessons were you given at birth? Do you view your own heritage as positive or detrimental? What is the nature of your emotional and spiritual inheritance? How has this legacy shaped who you are and informed your personal narrative? In this nine-week online class, you’ll be guided through these questions concerning “origins” and learn how to incorporate family history into your memoir.
“Origins in Memoir Writing” will teach you how to:
- Unearth the secrets of your family tree
- Explore the mythic dimension of lineage and legacy
- Identity the shadow side(s) of your family constellation
- Gain perspective on your blood relations
- Write about yourself as communal being — not merely an individual self
- Craft your personal history from family experience
- Deepen insight into your roots and how they’ve affected you are today
You’ll be amazed by how much insight and depth are added to your personal story by understanding where you come from.
How the online classes work
One 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.
Two group teleconferences 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.
For more information on online classes: email Mark Matousek
Here’s what former students have to say about working with Mark:
“Brace yourself if you work with Mark! You might have to leave your comfort zone and learn more about yourself than you had expected. The assignments are like roadmaps leading you to where you need to go. And then, when you have worked through them and you think you have come up with all the wisdom you were able to find deep within yourself, Mark will come up with more questions for you in his response and you will get to dig even deeper. I think this is the greatest gift Mark offers. He LISTENS. I mean, he really listens. And he gets is. He knows just when and how to ask the questions that will crack you open! Can’t wait for the next class!”
~Saskia Nienna Steidel, Germany
“Mark is an insightful teacher whose skill with the written word is outmatched only by his skill with the human soul. I did not know him before this course, but the feedback I received was more like something from an old dear friend – clear, kind and direct. His ability to see into the heart of the story and the emotions behind it were uncanny I could not recommend it highly enough.”
~Pascale Kavanaugh, engineer
“Mark has a laser beam like ability to identify the core of what you’re writing about, or where you’re writing from, and shines his light to encourage you to go there. He inspires you to go beneath the surface and tell the truest story that your heart yearns to express.”
~Jifa Wind, architect