Writing to Awaken: Memoir as a Path of Transformation

“I want to unfold. I don’t want to stay folded anywhere, for where I am folded, there I am a lie.”
~Rainer Maria Rilke

The truth has the power to transform us – if we let it.  In this inspirational workshop for writers of all levels, you will explore the stories that define you and the beliefs, expectations, and limitations that a fixed narrative brings. Using targeted self-inquiry, you will learn to write honestly about your greatest challenges, deepest yearnings, secret wounds, hidden gifts, and roads less traveled. The practice of expressive writing deepens creativity and self-awareness, in addition to having scientifically proven physical and psychological benefits.

When memoir is used as a path of self-discovery, it becomes a spiritual as well as an artistic pursuit. The essence of this process is simple:

When you tell the truth your story changes. When your story changes, your life is transformed.

This is the basis of Writing to Awaken, which Mark has developed over the past 30 years as a memoirist, teacher, interviewer, and seeker. He is constantly amazed by the power of this practice to liberate, inspire, and empower, by offering a method of self-inquiry that can be used long after the class has ended. By shedding light on obsolete stories, Writing To Awaken can change your life.

I feel lighter and brighter about myself and life and am not taking myself or others quite as seriously as before. This has translated into a wonderful new sense of freedom, acceptance and more creative juices flowing in my writing and daily life. Overall, an incredibly positive transformative program.                                              

~Anne, USA

In this weekend workshop, you will learn:

  • The fundamentals of personal storytelling
  • To challenge the ‘authorized versions’ of your personal myths
  • To explore your shadow materials, including the gifts you keep off-limits
  • To identify the difference between the situation and the story in memoir
  • To sharpen your writer’s eye using witness awareness
  • To confront your fears of the blank page, and befriend your own creativity
  • To establish an ongoing writing practice that works for you, where discipline and intention become your allies

Known for his penetrating work with students, Mark provides a gentle, focused, criticism-free atmosphere in which to do this transformational writing in the company of like-minded souls. He works one on one with each participant, assisting with individual projects, and offers feedback that spurs deeper exploration. All sharing is confidential and optional.  No previous writing experience is required.

“In the months prior to this course, I had been questioning almost everything about my life. I was struggling to find meaning in anything I do. Afterward, I have a clarity I have never known before, my path, my mission, my purpose is now clear. Even if you are not a writer (I’m not!), if you are questioning or seeking, DO THIS COURSE. The writing is the tool, the awakening is the result. Thank you, Mark Matousek. You have changed my life.”

~Bill, Australia

Vancouver, BC

Friday, March 2:  6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Saturday, March 3: 9:30 am – 5:30 pm
Sunday, March 4: 9:30 am – 4 pm
Tuition: $275 US ($325 CAD)
Location : Stanley Park Ecology Society / Map
Stanley Park Dining Pavilion on the Stanley Park Bus Loop. Parking Available.

Portland, OR

Friday, March 9: 6:00 – 8:30 pm
Saturday, March 10: 9:30 am – 5:30 pm
Sunday, March 11: 9:30 am – 4 pm
Tuition: $275 US
Location: The International Culinary Institute
34 NW 8th Avenue, Portland, OR  97209

In the spirit of widening our circle for the weekend, we are offering a community building special. Bring one friend and receive 25% off. Bring two and get 50% off.
Please contact us for details.