How the Online Class Works
This online writing class focuses on the pursuit of insight through writing. Guided by Mark’s weekly written lessons and using his Writing to Awaken method, you’ll explore the provided lesson prompts in writing and submit your work each week. Mark responds to each submission focusing on the insights, revelations, and themes present in the writing and offers suggestions on where to go deeper to move beyond the story. This is not a class on writing style, grammar, or syntax. People interested in writing memoir value the insights discovered through this process. You do not need to be an experienced writer in order to benefit from Writing to Awaken. Curiosity, courage, and the willingness to question your personal narratives are all you need to learn from these inspiring, supportive classes.
A few days before the start of the class, you will be invited to join the Google Group for the class. The weekly lessons and your responses will be posted to this Group. Each Friday, Mark will post a written lesson to the Group. Students respond to the lesson prompts by the following Wednesday evening. Mark responds to each piece submitted on Thursday/Friday.
Using Google Groups allows the class to read, comment and support each other’s work in a positive and nurturing environment. Sharing your work with the group is not mandatory. You may submit your writing directly to Mark, if you choose. Privacy and anonymity is respected.
There are two live Zoom Meetings held during the term to discuss the work and answer any questions you may have. These sessions are recorded and the playback links posted to the Group the following day. The dates are below, but times will be determined to accommodate the time zones of the entire class. The times will be posted by the first week of the class.
Class Start Date: Monday, January 24 – First lesson is posted.
Zoom Meeting 1: Wednesday, February 2 at 7 pm Eastern/4 pm Pacific.
Zoom Meeting 2: Thursday, February 24 at 7 pm Eastern/4 pm Pacific.
Class End Date: Final lesson posted Monday, February 28. Final responses posted March 6-7.