You Are Not Your Story

You Are Not Your Story

Sunday, June 2, 2024 - 10:00 to 16:00
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A Writing to Awaken Workshop


Realizing you are not your story is a quantum leap in self-discovery. Learning that you are the storyteller, not the story liberates the mind from its narrative ruts and connects you to greater well-being.

In this one-day workshop, veteran memoirist and writing mentor Mark Matousek will guide you through a series of provocative exercises designed to prompt self-awareness, dissolve harmful stories, and illuminate psychological shadows that may prevent you from flourishing.

Known for his insightful questions, Mark is expert at creating an atmosphere of gentle support and safety that accelerates the self-inquiry process. The workshop will include optional breakout groups, one-on-one time with Mark, and plenty of time for questions in addition to the writing exercises. You do not need to be a writer to benefit from this workshop. Mark’s Writing to Awaken method focuses on truth-telling, curiosity, and courage not polished prose, and on writing as a tool for healing and self-realization.

In this workshop, you will learn to:

  • Separate the storyteller from the story
  • Free yourself of obsolete narratives and a false self-image
  • Strengthen your ‘witness awareness’ and practice objectivity
  • Integrate the Golden Shadow (your suppressed creativity and power)
  • Appreciate paradox and personal contradictions
  • Increase well-being through truth-telling


Let Mark be your guide on this day long journey to psychological wellness and wisdom. His workshops and courses have helped thousands of people around the world to reach their creative and spiritual goals. As he puts it, “When you tell the truth, your story changes. When your story changes, your life is transformed.”


About the speaker, Mark Matousek

Mark Matousek, M.A., is an award-winning author, teacher, and speaker whose work focuses on transformative writing for personal, professional, and spiritual development. He is the founder of, an online community for writing and self-inquiry, as well as the author of eight books including How Emerson Can Change Your Life: Lessons From an American Stoic, Sex Death Enlightenment: A True Story,  When You’re Falling, Dive: Lessons in the Art of Living, Ethical Wisdom: The Search for a Moral Life, , and Writing To Awaken: A Journey of Truth, Transformation, and Self-Discovery. 

A featured blogger for, he has contributed to numerous anthologies and publications, including the New Yorker, Details, Harper’s Bazaar, The Chicago Tribune, O: The Oprah Magazine, and many others.  A MacDowell Fellow and graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, he offers workshops in self-inquiry and personal development internationally, using his Writing To Awaken method. Mark lives in Springs, New York. 


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