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 part of a like-minded community.
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 (but not required) to share their work with the class and join in the rich online dialogue. Participation in group dialogue is optional and anonymity is guaranteed.

“Writing to Awaken is an opportunity to claim the life that you’ve been given, take ownership of your experience, and stop apologizing for having a point of view.  Whenever you sit down to write, you are declaring to yourself and the world, ‘My life matters enough to remember.’ Having lived, you have the right to describe your existence in whatever way you choose.” 

~Mark Matousek

Upcoming Online Class

Conscious Aging:

A 12-Week Writing Adventure
September 21 – December 7, 2022
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm Eastern

Presented by People Before Patients
In this twelve-week workshop, we explore the questions, aspirations, and challenges of life after 50 with guided writing exercises designed to prompt healing and insight. Becoming an elder means confronting loss and learning to tolerate new aspects of what it means to be alive. We can thrive in this new landscape provided we understand its coordinates, the rules, limitations, and opportunities that come with aging.

The Engine of Desire:

Harnessing the Power of Your Creative Spirit
A Six-Week Online Writing Class
September 26 – November 6, 2022

It’s easy to forget who you are while on the journey to becoming a responsible adult. Duty, obedience, conformity, and fear often dim the lights of desire, narrowing your aspirations, depleting self-confidence, and leaving you feeling like there’s no joy in your life. When you befriend your desires, however — including those you’ve been taught to resist or believe to be shameful — you learn to harness the power of desire itself. This invigorates your life, fuels creative thinking, and bolsters the freedom that comes from being yourself.
The six lessons in this transformational class guide you back to the source of desire and the vitality that is only available by transcending self-judgment and oppressive social taboos. When you dare to be transparent – to yourself most of all – and learn to follow your own bliss and trust your own goodness, you ignite the engine of desire and move toward an authentic, creative, and meaningful life.
You recognize that the purpose of desire isn’t mere self-satisfaction; instead, desire is the spiritual force that moves you forward, inspires your muse, connects you to others, and deepens self-knowledge.

“Mark Matousek is a masterful and loving guide: his wisdom teachings
and brilliantly conceived questions will enable you to open to life-changing truth.
You don’t need skill in writing to partake; all that’s required is the longing to awaken your heart.”

~Tara Brach, bestselling author of Radical Acceptance