Overcome a painful moment in your life and better express yourself by writing a powerful short story in this 5-day class.

over 100 stories and 10+ books

Mark Tullius is an Ivy League graduate and former fighter who has published over 100 stories, 10 works of fiction, and the largest sociological study of MMA fighters. By traveling to 23 states around the country and interviewing over 400 fighters and coaches, Mark has developed the ability to coax stories out of others and help them share their work. Whether it was a UFC champion or a fighter about to begin his journey, Mark would try to understand who they were and how they got there. The process also helped him understand that every person has at least one moment in their life that they wished had never happened.

suicidal and depressed

Despite being depressed and suicidal most his life, Mark has persevered and remained positive. He has dealt with impulsivity, dark thoughts, ADHD and ADD, and other issues, due to traumatic brain injuries resulting from fighting, football, and a reckless lifestyle. By focusing on his family and finally treating his brain issues, Mark is healthier and happier. As a result, he is better able to pass on the importance of writing as a powerful cathartic tool.

“this is a safe place to break down a moment in your life that changed who you were and transform it into a powerful short story”

transforming power of short story writing

Mark discovered the transforming power of penning short stories from a Dangerous Writing workshop in 2008 and has since helped many individuals have emotional breakthroughs by helping them tell a story they have never told anyone else. While he cannot guarantee results, he is driven to help others, and one of his favorite success stories is his friend Anthony, an Iraq war vet who no longer has debilitating night terrors after going through this writing process.

in this 5-day course

You will learn how to discover your writing voice while creating a short story from a first-person present-tense point of view. 

Ideally the story you write will be based off a painful moment in your past, but this is not required and we can fictionalize it and take the story any direction.

For those brave enough to look at their past, start by coming up with 5-10 moments in your life that changed you. Sleep on it and then pick the one you refused to include on the list or the one you would least like to examine. That is probably the most important one. But remember that you are learning a skill you can use repeatedly so it is fine to start small and go after a more painful moment after you feel secure with the process.

if you’ve never written anything, don’t worry

The course is designed for individuals who have never written a story and there are no expectations for proper spelling, grammar, or other writing rules. Mark will break down his fast and efficient writing formula and help you through each step of the story. As a result, you will find confidence in your ability, hopefully using this lifelong skill again and again and passing it on to your loved ones.

writing helps with

Many psychologists and mental health therapists encourage clients to write as it has proven effective for many different conditions or mental illnesses, including:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Low self-esteem
  • Grief and loss
  • Substance abuse
  • Eating disorders
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Interpersonal relationship issues
  • Communication skill issues
  • Chronic illness issues
  • Posttraumatic stress

what you get

  • Mark will work directly with you in the class.
  • At the end of each session, you can send Mark your work so he can discuss it in the next class.
  • After the course Mark will edit your story and have a 30 minute 1 on 1 zoom session to discuss.
  • You may submit your story to the anthology limited to course students.
  • Access to the monthly zoom coaching session to ask questions.
  • Access to the private Facebook group to share writing struggles and successes.
  • You can be anonymous, do not need to be on camera, and can choose just to observe.

upcoming course dates

jan 18-22

Limited to 12 students

Cost is free

jan 25-29

Limited to 12 spots

Cost is free

next class

Limited to 6 spots

Cost is $497